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An ex-US campaign advisor who has sat with the world's dictators explains Donald Trump's increasingly authoritarian tactics and the threat they pose to American democracy.

Donald Trump isn't a despot. But he is increasingly acting like the "despot's apprentice", an understudy in authoritarian tactics that threaten to erode American democracy, including attacking the press, threatening rule of law by firing those who investigate his alleged wrongdoings, using nepotism to staff the White House, and countless other techniques.

Donald Trump is borrowing tactics from the world's dictators and despots. Trump's fascination with the military, his obsession with his own cult of personality, and his deliberate campaign to blur the line between fact and falsehood are nothing new to the world of despots. But they are new to the United States. With each authoritarian tactic or tweet, Trump poses a unique threat to democratic government in the world's most powerful democracy.

At the same time, Trump's apprenticeship has serious consequences beyond the United States. His bizarre adoration and idolization of despotic strongmen - from Russia's Putin, to Turkey's Erdogan, or to the Philippines' Duterte - has transformed American foreign policy into a powerful cheerleader for some of the world's worst regimes.

The Despot's Apprentice: Donald Trump's Attack on Democracy explores how Trump uniquely threatens democracy - and how to save it from him.

©2017 Brian Klaas, David Talbot (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Excellent!

I liked this book a lot. Listened to it all in one day. Brought a wide variety of stories about Trump together with the analysis of its affect on America.

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interesting, if overly focused on Trump

Overall a really interesting title, with the only drawback being how it focuses on Trump's actions and those of his family, with similarities drawn to other despots. In a way it would have been more interesting to look at all despotic behaviours and then see how Trump aligns, but that would also have been a much larger work.

Very engaging and well structured. Some minor issues with the performance, where it get's into character of Shakespeare's King Lear and similar accents which only happens in two or three places, which made it so weird. Also the author seems to get frustrated in a couple of places, and again it seems odd at the time because other aspects of the discussion seem like they should have induced this too. Otherwise fantastic.

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  • 01-18-18

interesting but overly portentous & repetitive

The narrator executed the reading well & the points raised were alarming but particularly in the last 2 chapters, the same points were repeated ad nauseum which tended to give the impression that the author had run out of ideas. Worth a listen for the material in the earlier chapters.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful