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EXCERPT | Corruptible: Who gets power and how it changes us

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Marc Ravalomanana. (Rijasolo, AFP)
Marc Ravalomanana. (Rijasolo, AFP)

In the book, Corruptible: Who Gets Power and How it Changes Us, Brian Klaas draws on over 500 interviews with some of the world's noblest and dirtiest leaders - from presidents and philanthropists to rebels, cultists, and dictators to answer the question whether power corrupts, or if corrupt people are drawn to power. In the extract below, Klaas interviewed former Madagascar President Marc Ravalomanana. 

Tell anyone you're a political scientist and a question often follows: "Why are so many horrible people in charge?"

But another puzzle keeps demanding an answer: Were these people turned awful by the power they held? I've had my doubts. Another possibility has gnawed at me: that those who seemed to be made worse by power are just the tip of the iceberg. Perhaps something much bigger and more serious is lurking beneath the waves, waiting to be discovered, so we can fix it.

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