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âA brilliant book, wise and nuanced.â
âNicholas Kristof, New York Times
âComprehensive, enlightening, and terrifyingly timely.â
âNew York Times Book Review
âCool and persuasive...Â How Democracies DieÂ comes at exactly the right moment.â
âTheÂ Washington Post
Donald Trumpâs presidency has raised a question that many of us never thought weâd 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 bangâin a revolution or military coupâbut 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 dieâand how ours can be saved.
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