|Book Name:||Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism|
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A historian who won the Pulitzer Prize explains in stunning detail why elites in democracies all over the world are moving toward nationalism and authoritarianism.
From the US and UK to continental Europe and beyond, liberal democracy is under attack, while authoritarianism is rising. In Twilight of Democracy, award-winning historian of Soviet atrocities Anne Applebaum, one of the first American journalists to alarm anti-democratic trends in the West, explains why nationalism and dictatorship are so appealing. In this exciting essay, she says that political systems with straightforward ideas are inherently attractive, mainly when they only help those loyal to them and hurt everyone else.
Despotic leaders don’t rule by themselves. They rely on political allies, bureaucrats, and media figures to help them get things done and support their rule. The rise of authoritarian and nationalist parties in modern democracies gives their supporters new ways to get rich or gain power. Applebaum talks about many of the new supporters of illiberalism in countries all over the world. She shows how they try to change their societies using conspiracy theories, political polarization, social media, and nostalgia.
Twilight of Democracy is a beautifully written and urgently argued look at a change that is shaking the world and a moving look at the way back to democratic values.
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Author(s): Anne Applebaum
Publisher: Doubleday, Year: 2020