• The Case for Democracy

  • The Power of Freedom to Overcome Tyranny and Terror
  • By: Natan Sharansky, Ron Dermer
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (204 ratings)

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The Case for Democracy

By: Natan Sharansky,Ron Dermer
Narrated by: Simon Vance
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In this brilliantly analytical yet personal book, nondemocratic societies are put under a microscope to reveal the mechanics of tyranny that sustain them. In exposing the inner workings of a "fear society", the authors explain why democracy is not beyond any nation's reach, why it is essential for our security, and why there is much that can be done to promote it around the world.

Freedom, Sharansky claims, is rooted in the right to dissent, to walk into the town square and declare one's views without fear of punishment or reprisal. The authors persuasively argue that societies that do not protect that right can never be reliable partners for peace and that the democracy that hates us is much safer than the dictatorship that loves us.

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"This book has the merit of straightforwardness...[it's] written with vigor, argued with panache and imbued with the fierce conviction." (The New York Times)

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The finest book I have read in many years!!

Every American interested in justice and reason in our complicated world situation should read this book once a year.
The hero, (Author) Natan Sharansky, was a russian political prisoner for years, for trumped and totally false charges precipitated because he was a Russian of Jewish decent, who had the courage to speak out carefully for hman rights.
He has been active in Isreal since his release in 1986, and has been deeply involved in the peace efforts since that time. His insight and integrity are unimpeachable.
This book is POWERFULLL!!
After reading just a bit, I stopped, and did an extensive internet search concerning his life, activities, and character...and,..I was rewarded and frankly tranfixed by his marvelous mind and moral integrity.
Please read this book. It is impossible to put down!
Simon Vance, the reader, happens to be the finest voice on audible to date..as well!
Simon really does read many of the finest books on the audible site.
Bless both the writer and the reader!

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A great reminder of why freedom is so important.

Americans, as a whole, don't put a lot of value on their freedom. The saying, "You never know what you have until you've lost it," could become our mantra here in this country if we don't start taking our freedom seriously.

The author of this book knows first-hand what it is like to be deprived of personal freedom and knows what the high cost of freedom is. After serving many years in the Soviet gulag on trumped up charges, he was released and has spent his time championing the causes of the oppressed peoples throughout the world.

We should listen to him and take heed in what he says lest we let our current free society silently slide into a fear society.

Listen to this book and pass it along!

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Great insight

especially how Russia created heroes like the coal miner and student. The system of propoganda was only effective until the communication walls came down.

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A lesson for all politicians

Everyone who considers himself a politician and cares for democracy must read this book and learn from Sharansky's teachings.

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Essential Arguments for Freedom

Mr. Sharansky's book clearly and unassailably distinguishes between free societies and fear societies, and discusses how those of us who want liberty for mankind have succeeded -- and how we've goofed up despite good intentions. This former Soviet dissident is a beacon of hope stengthened by tough determination. All who love freedom should read this book.

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His viewpoint is essential

Sharansky argues with forceful arguments that non democratic regimes, far from bringing stability, engender wars and danger to their neighbours since they have a total disregard towards the opinions and the welfare of their own citizens. During these harrowing times, we can see first hand that he is absolutely right. There is no win when accommodating dictators and autocrats, only further chaos disguised under a thin veil of stability. Democratic countries and rulers must resist Such behaviours with all their might. He is absolutely right in assessing the political situation in the Middle East: there will be no peace until there is democracy, and that the rulers want peace and welfare for their own citizens. Very satisfying book and a must read.

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I think it was good?

I always enjoy a good semi-autobiography. I feel there were enough historical references peppered in to keep it from being an unanchored fiction, but I probably would've enjoyed 'Fear No Evil' instead.

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Power to Freedom

Nathan ideology is indeed the defination of the future of our world, a world that is comprised by Freedom to association speach and freedom to leave anywhere in the world one desires

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incredible view of democracy

With incredible insight he points to what we take for granted; maybe we have underestimated the power of democracy, since we are unaccustomed to anything else?
The patriotic should read it to look past blind belief to why they believe in democracy. The skeptic should read it for the optimistic outlook, the possibilities.
just incredible...

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  • John H.
  • 10-03-22

This speaks only to the converted

This reading presents a view from a (very?) Jewish or Israeli perspective. (The distinction is discussed.) However, it comes.across as a lecture determined to explain, justify and support the Israeli approach to the Palestine situation.
I might have been more.receptive if the reader had sounded less like an English voice coach and more in tune with what the author might sound like
At times, some of the language about the Palestinians and other Arabs, bordered on racist and it was difficult to feel better informed, let alone persuaded.
As I said, this is targeted at those already converted and contributes little more than propaganda to those of a neutral persuasion.

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  • Ludwig van El
  • 11-04-21

good, though a bit biased

the author speaks of his experiences in the UDSR prisons and of his experiences in the Israeli hovernment. He dxplains hia bias towsrd the end: he is a zionist, so believes jews have the right to live in ancient Jewish lands.
I am an anarchist, so I do not agree: the concept of nation states continues to cause problems.
still: a good book, not many leaps of logic (apart from yhe aforementioned nation state-matter.)