Fire & Blood, Fire & Fury:
Daenerys Targaryen, Donald Trump, and the American Public’s
Enduring Susceptibility to Authoritarian Figures
A dragon looms over our capital.
Just as Game of Thrones fan favorite Daenerys Targaryen’s progression into ruthless tyrant resulted in the fiery destruction of King’s Landing, the authoritarian advances of President Donald Trump threaten to set our country ablaze.
Fire & Blood, Fire & Fury by Sally Frazer draws gripping, if terrifying, connections between Dany’s reign and Trump’s presidency. Both, Frazer argues, feature chillingly similar red flags of authoritarianism, the distinct, telltale signs that forewarn of impending tyranny.
Perhaps the most horrifying component of Frazer’s comparison is that despite their transparently dictatorial attitudes and behaviors, both despotic leaders continue to enjoy inexplicably high levels of public support. It would seem that Americans are susceptible to the allure of both fictional and real-world autocratic figures.
In the most compelling and comprehensive analysis of Game of Thrones to date, Fire & Blood, Fire & Fury highlights the shared authoritarian features of Dany and Trump’s leadership and illustrates the negative repercussions of their oppressive approaches to governance. This side-by-side analysis observes the parallels in how these figures’ fans have understood and responded to the threats they pose. It examines the cult-like blind allegiance shown by a fanatical subset of their supporters and asks why so many Americans have been unable to detect the early signs of despotism in these polarizing leaders.
From “fire and blood” to “fire and fury,” “break the wheel” to “drain the swamp,” “Dracarys” to “You’re fired!” this book explores the striking similarities between these two leaders and demonstrates how Game of Thrones can teach us to stop playing with fire and resist the advances of real-world tyrants.