How Democracies Die, Book Review

How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky & Daniel Ziblatt 

Donald Trump’s presidency has raised a question that many of us never thought we’d be asking: Is our democracy in danger? Harvard professors Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt have spent more than twenty years studying the breakdown of democracies in Europe and Latin America, and they believe the answer is yes. Democracy no longer ends with a bang—in a revolution or military coup—but with a whimper: the slow, steady weakening of critical institutions, such as the judiciary and the press, and the gradual erosion of long-standing political norms. The good news is that there are several exit ramps on the road to authoritarianism. The bad news is that, by electing Trump, we have already passed the first one. 

Drawing on decades of research and a wide range of historical and global examples, from 1930s Europe to contemporary Hungary, Turkey, and Venezuela, to the American South during Jim Crow, Levitsky and Ziblatt show how democracies die—and how ours can be saved.

My Thoughts: I did receive this book so that I could read and review it, but this doesn't effect my thoughts in any way. When I started reading this book I thought it was interesting. It gives a lot of information, but the more I read the less I liked it. The authors seemed to be the typical NPR liberal, and if I tuned into the radio station it's almost exactly like this book. I was hoping I'd get an unbiased book, but it is just liberal elect, no thoughts from other types of democrats/liberals let alone a conservative. I think this book really could have looked at "How Democracies Die" but was just a waste. 

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