How Democracies Die

This courageous book questions the state of American liberal democracy. Putting democracies that failed or survived under the microscope, Levitsky and Ziblatt then apply their analysis to the contemporary United States. Looking at how democracy is endangered, they provide a road map for how the United States can be truly exceptional as a multiracial democracy.…

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No Turning Back: Life, Loss, and Hope in Wartime Syria

Rania Abouzeid’s remarkable book is a powerful account of the everyday lives of Syrian protestors, killers and their victims. She draws on five  years of clandestine reporting from Assad’s prisons, ISIS strongholds and rebel meetings. A deeply moving personal narrative, it highlights the dilemmas of different actors caught in a spiral of violence. NoTurning Back…

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The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America

The sinister philosophy underlying Russian authoritarianism, the torturous drive for freedom in Ukraine, and the manipulation of U.S. elections are the subjects of this brilliant and original book that combines history, philosophy and astute contemporary political analysis. Snyder has connected the dots, explaining how Russian goals – the undermining of the European Union and NATO,…

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The Future of War: A History

The distinguished historian, Lawrence Freedman shows how intellectuals, novelists, film makers and military strategists have thought about war. Thinking about war in the last 150 years, Freedman argues, has been shaken by one epoch-changing event: nuclear weapons. Yet The Future of War: A History traces important continuities in thinking about war before and after the…

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Children of Paradise: The Struggle for the Soul of Iran

Laura Secor takes us deep into an Iran that few of us know. With stunning revelations and evocative writing, her ambitious work, Children of Paradise: The Struggle for the Soul of Iran, portrays a post-revolutionary generation of reformers whose vision of a modern Islamic state continues to meet frustration. In the book Secor explores the…

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