Ill Winds: Saving Democracy From Russian Rage, Chinese Ambition, And American Complacency
ISBN: 0525560645
EAN13: 9780525560647
Language: English
Release Date: Apr 14, 2020
Pages: 384
Dimensions: 1.023622" H x 8.346457" L x 5.433071" W
Weight: 0.7495717 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Ill Winds: Saving Democracy From Russian Rage, Chinese Ambition, And American Complacency

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*Shortlisted for the 2020 Arthur Ross Book Award*

From America's leading scholar of democracy, a personal, passionate call to action against the rising authoritarianism that challenges our world order--and the very value of liberty

Larry Diamond has made it his life's work to secure democracy's future by understanding its past and by advising dissidents fighting autocracy around the world. Deeply attuned to the cycles of democratic expansion and decay that determine the fates of nations, he watched with mounting unease as illiberal rulers rose in Hungary, Poland, Turkey, the Philippines, and beyond, while China and Russia grew increasingly bold and bullying. Then, with Trump's election at home, the global retreat from freedom spread from democracy's margins to its heart.

Ill Winds' core argument is stark: the defense and advancement of democratic ideals relies on U.S. global leadership. If we do not reclaim our traditional place as the keystone of democracy, today's authoritarian swell could become a tsunami, providing an opening for Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping, and their admirers to turn the twenty-first century into a dark time of despotism.

We are at a hinge in history, between a new era of tyranny and an age of democratic renewal. Free governments can defend their Read More chevron_right

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   Disgusting Warmonger
He hides US terrorism and Obama drone strikes killing children behind the cloak of democracy. The U.S. needs to stop supporting terrorism or stop pretending oil theft is looking for democracy, he said. They want you to believe that the 1 million dead in Iraq was good for Democracy and that war criminals like Bush shouldn't be sent to prison.
 
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   This book seems dated
He understands some of the threats to democracy posed by the massive government agenciesbureaucracies that have grown over the decades, but seems to have completely missed the threat posed by the latter. He also calls for the restoration of democracy by the U.S. government. Even though Dean has said he agrees with the 2003 Iraq invasion, he questions whether that was necessary. The criticism of Russia is fair, but he doesn't go far enough with his critique of China. The dictatorship has moved on to even newer methods of government, he said. The criticism of Trump is laughable, Mr. Daschle said. I suppose that was because Trump opposed the neocons.
 
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   Well written book with animosity towards us deplorables who want to drain the swamp.
It's pretty interesting read, but really a diatribe against President Donald Trump. The Democrats will love it. The Republicans say no. 1 percenters won't run. Larry Diamond is an expert on China and is intellectually dishonest about the USA.
 
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   Don’t believe those low star reviewers, this is a great book!
I listened to this book on Audible and couldn't disagree more with the two previous reviewers. The book presented his premises clearly. Thanks for the tip. It's great to have such a good product, recommend it to anyone.
 
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   Lack of Focus
The first half for the subtitle of the book, "The American Presidency," focuses on the presidency and now well-worn generalizations of Trump's opponents. Mr. Trump said he never met Mr. Clinton and called him a "lightweight." The report says: "Many of the assertions are based on unreliable and incomplete Hoover Institute scholars."
 
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