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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt, read by Fred Sanders.

Two Harvard professors explain the dangerous world we face today. Democracies can die with a coup d'état - or they can die slowly. This happens most deceptively when in piecemeal fashion, with the election of an authoritarian leader, the abuse of governmental power and the complete repression of opposition. All three steps are being taken around the world - not least with the election of Donald Trump - and we must all understand how we can stop them.

In How Democracies Die, Harvard professors Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt draw insightful lessons from across history - from the rule of General Augusto Pinochet in Chile to the quiet undermining of Turkey's constitutional system by President Recip Erdogan - to shine a light on regime breakdown across the 20th and 21st centuries. Notably they point to the dangers of an authoritarian leader faced with a major crisis.

Based on years of research, they present a deep understanding of how and why democracies die; an alarming analysis of how democracy is being subverted today in the US and beyond; and a guide for maintaining and repairing a threatened democracy, for governments, political parties and individuals. History doesn't repeat itself. But we can protect our democracy by learning its lessons before it's too late.

©2018 Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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insightful

Thoroughly insightful on the deliberate tear down of democratic systems of governments... historical and current approaches.

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  • Urquiza K
  • 09-02-18

Don't take democracy for granted

The truth about democracy is that even in America it can fail. This book offers a very complete historical overview with much attention to interesting and relevant details.

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  • Neil Green
  • 07-16-18

Largely about Americas struggles with democracy.

A good book , well narrated and does give many examples of how democracies die from around the world. Any person wishing to know more about how democracies work and what is needed for them to flourish should find this book useful.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-07-18

Full of relevant information.

Liked it. full of interesting information, well narrated. A must for anybody interested in political analysis.