The Road to Unfreedom

The Road to Unfreedom

Russia, Europe, America

Book - 2018
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A chronicle of the rise of authoritarianism from Russia to Europe and America. With the end of the Cold War, the victory of liberal democracy was thought to be final. Authoritarianism returned to Russia, as Putin found fascist ideas that could be used to justify rule by the wealthy. In the 2010s, it has spread from east to west, aided by Russian warfare in Ukraine and cyberwar and information war in Europe and the United States. Russia found allies among nationalists, oligarchs, and radicals everywhere, and its drive to dissolve Western institutions, states, and values found resonance within the West itself. The rise of populism, the British vote against the EU, and the election of Donald Trump were all Russian goals, but their achievement reveals the vulnerability of Western societies and the uncertain character of Western political order. This fundamental challenge to democracy presents an opportunity to better understand the pillars of our own political order. Snyder goes beyond the headlines to expose the true nature of the threat to democracy and law.
Publisher: New York :, Tim Duggan Books,, [2018]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780525574460
Branch Call Number: 320.53 SNY NVD
Characteristics: 359 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm


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May 11, 2018

This is actually two books. First there is 123 pages of tedious verbiage in pursuit of the author's Grand Theory. The rest of the book, however, is superb. Do yourself a favor and skip directly to page 124. You won't miss anything significant.

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