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Twilight of Democracy: The Failure of Politics and the Parting of Friends - longlisted for the Orwell Prize for Political Writing 2021

Twilight of Democracy: The Failure of Politics and the Parting of Friends - longlisted for the Orwell Prize for Political Writing 2021
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Twilight of Democracy: The Failure of Politics and the Parting of Friends - longlisted for the Orwell Prize for Political Writing 2021
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A FINANCIAL TIMES, ECONOMIST AND NEW STATESMAN BOOK OF THE YEAR 2020

'The most important non-fiction book of the year' David Hare


In the years just before and after the fall of the Berlin Wall, people from across the political spectrum in Europe and America celebrated a great achievement, felt a common purpose and, very often, forged personal friendships. Yet over the following decades the euphoria evaporated, the common purpose and centre ground gradually disappeared, extremism rose once more and eventually - as this book compellingly relates - the relationships soured too.

Anne Applebaum traces this history in an unfamiliar way, looking at the trajectories of individuals caught up in the public events of the last three decades. When politics becomes polarized, which side do you back? If you are a journalist, an intellectual, a civic leader, how do you deal with the re-emergence of authoritarian or nationalist ideas in your country? When your leaders appropriate history, or pedal conspiracies, or eviscerate the media and the judiciary, do you go along with it?

Twilight of Democracy is an essay that combines the personal and the political in an original way and brings a fresh understanding to the dynamics of public life in Europe and America, both now and in the recent past.


Applebaum's reflections on the anti-democratic pandemic sweeping our world offer an extraordinary mix of personal witness and dispassionate historical analysis.... It's unlikely that anyone will ever give us more sensitive or revealing insights on this question John Connelly, New Statesman

Heretics make the best writers. ... Applebaum can bring a candle into the darkness of the populist right ... her writing is an arsenal that stores the sharpest weapons to hand. Nick Cohen, Observer

Applebaum's progress ...has yielded an enviable supply of raw material for her narrative. She mines her sources doggedly....Twilight of Democracy is a rather penetrating work of ethnography Trevor Phillips, The Times

Advancing her arguments with eloquence and personal testimony, Applebaum passionately decries the corrosion of liberal, open-society values in the last three decades. Chris Patten, Project Syndicate

written with deep insight, experience and wisdom. Definitely a very important book for understanding our troubled times and the fragility of our democracies Elif Shafak, Daily Mail

Anne Applebaum's Twilight of Democracy is the most important non-fiction book of the year because it asks the most urgent question: why is the right wing in the West moving so far to the right? Why is it, at this point in history, so drawn to authoritarianism? Why has it given up on democracy?' David Hare, New Statesman Books of the Year

this engrossing account ... is a political book; it is also intensely personal, and the more powerful for it. John Kampfner, Guardian

Applebaum, long an authority on the abuses of Communist and post-Communist Eastern Europe, in her new book Twilight of Democracy is unsparing in exposing the moral bankruptcy of Trumpian Republicanism. Her sharp pen is as persuasive as any in presenting the idea of the "west" as a morally serious project-and one whose loss we may come to mourn. The world’s top 50 thinkers 2020, Prospect

A brilliant writer who sheds light on the most disturbing political phenomenon of our era: the rise of rightwing authoritarianism around the world... a cry of alarm and a call to arms.... We have been warned. Martin Wolf, Financial Times

readable, eloquent and passionate ... Applebaum knows what the enemy looks like from the inside, and how it thinks. This book may only be a start. We should cherish her. I think she has a lot more she can tell us. Francis Beckett, The New European
Detalii
Autor APPLEBAUM, Anne
An apariţie 2021
Editura Penguin
Nr pagini 224
Dimensiuni 20 x 13 cm
Format Paperback, B
Cuvinte cheie: anne applebaum , nonfict-aug