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A bracing, revelatory look at the demise of liberal democracies around the world--and a road map for rescuing our own.
Donald Trump's presidency has raised a question that many of us never thought we'd be asking: Is our democracy in danger? Harvard professors Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt have spent more than twenty years studying the breakdown of democracies in Europe and Latin America, and they believe the answer is yes. Democracy no longer ends with a bang--in a revolution or military coup--but with a whimper: the slow, steady weakening of critical institutions, such as the judiciary and the press, and the gradual erosion of long-standing political norms. The good news is that there are several exit ramps on the road to authoritarianism. The bad news is that, by electing Trump, we have already passed the first one.
Drawing on decades of research and a wide range of historical and global examples, from 1930s Europe to contemporary Hungary, Turkey, and Venezuela, to the American South during Jim Crow, Levitsky and Ziblatt show how democracies die-and how ours can be saved.
©2018 Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt (P)2018 Random House Audio
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Critic Reviews

"Fred Sanders offers an evenhanded narration, resisting the temptation to deliver it in a basso profundo voice of doom or to add false drama. He varies his tone and pacing to suit the material. The authors are academics, but the text is clear and straightforward, and they keep their examples relatively short. All of this lends itself well to audio." (AudioFile)  
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5 out of 5 stars
By S.F. on 02-06-18

Connecting the Dots

This scholarly work connects the dots of increased partisanism, anti-immigrant prejudice and Trump’s electoral victory. Citing many historical examples, the authors synthesize more than 100 years of U.S. and World history to persuasively examine trends and tendencies in our domestic politics. Written in a nonpartisan way, the authors cite anti-democratic actions by Republicans and Democrats alike. Don’t waste another evening on Fox News or MSNBC - listen to this book and gain some real insights into current events and the future of our democracy.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jo Uthus on 02-03-18

Must-read for anyone interested in fundamental political science in the context of current day western world

Must-read for anyone interested in fundamental political science in the context of current day western world

Well-written and conveyed in layman terms by scholars. Sometimes a rare quality.


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