Twilight of democracy : the seductive lure of authoritarianism / Anne Applebaum
Book | Doubleday | 2020 | First edition.
13 holds on first copy returned of 16 copies

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First edition.
206 pages ; 20 cm
"A Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and journalist explains, with electrifying clarity, why some of her contemporaries have abandoned liberal democratic ideals in favor of strongman cults, nationalist movements, or one-party states. Across the world today, from the U.S. to Europe and beyond, liberal democracy is under siege while different forms of authoritarianism are on the rise. In Twilight of Democracy, prize-winning historian Anne Applebaum argues that we should not be surprised by this change: There is an inherent appeal to political systems with radically simple beliefs, especially when they benefit the loyal to the exclusion of everyone else. People are not just ideological, she contends in this captivating extended essay; they are also practical, pragmatic, opportunist. The authoritarian and nationalist parties that have arisen within modern democracies offer new paths to wealth or power for their adherents. Describing politicians, journalists, intellectuals, and others who have abandoned democratic ideals in the UK, U.S., Spain, Poland, and Hungary, Applebaum reveals the patterns that link the new advocates of illiberalism and charts how they use conspiracy theory, political polarization, social media, and nostalgia to change their societies"-- Provided by publisher.
New Year's Eve -- How demagogues win -- The future of nostalgia -- Cascades of falsehood -- Prairie fire -- The unending of history.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 193-206).
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Online version: Applebaum, Anne, 1964- Twilight of democracy First edition. New York : Doubleday, 2020 9780385545815 (DLC) 2020012451
9780385545808 (hardcover)
0385545800 (hardcover)
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