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Democracy : stories from the long road to freedom

Author: Condoleezza Rice
Publisher: New York, NY : Twelve, [2017] ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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At a time when people around the world are wondering whether democracy is in decline, Condoleeza Rice shares insights from her experiences as a policymaker, scholar, and citizen in order to put democracy's challenges into perspective. When the United States was founded, it was the only attempt at self-government in the world. Today more than half of all countries qualify as democracies, and in the long run that  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Biography
History
Named Person: Condoleezza Rice; Condoleezza Rice; Condoleezza Rice; Condoleezza Rice
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Condoleezza Rice
ISBN: 9781455540181 1455540188 1538727463 9781538727461 9781538759974 1538759977 9781455571192 1455571199
OCLC Number: 958797575
Language Note: English.
Notes: "May 2017"--Title page verso.
Description: viii, 486 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: Is democracy in retreat? --
The American experience --
Russia and the weight of history --
Martial law and the origins of Polish democracy --
Ukraine: "A made-up country"? --
Kenya: "Save our beloved country" --
Colombia: the era of democratic security --
The Middle East: Can democracy exist in a cauldron? : Iraq: when tyrants fall ; Egypt and Tunisia: when old men fail ; Arab monarchies: Will they reform? --
Are authoritarians so bad? --
What democracy must deliver --
"Democracy is the worst ... except for all the others" --
Epilogue: They will look to America --
2016.
Responsibility: Condoleezza Rice.

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At a time when people around the world are wondering whether democracy is in decline, Condoleeza Rice shares insights from her experiences as a policymaker, scholar, and citizen in order to put democracy's challenges into perspective. When the United States was founded, it was the only attempt at self-government in the world. Today more than half of all countries qualify as democracies, and in the long run that number will continue to grow. Yet nothing worthwhile ever comes easily. Using America's long struggle as a template, Rice draws lessons for democracy around the world -- from Russia, Poland, and Ukraine, to Kenya, Colombia, and the Middle East. She finds that no transitions to democracy are the same because every country starts in a different place. Pathways diverge and sometimes circle backward. Timeframes for success vary dramatically, and countries often suffer false starts before getting it right. But, Rice argues, that does not mean they should not try. The question is not how to create perfect circumstances but how to move forward under difficult ones. The pursuit of democracy is a continuing struggle shared by people around the world, whether they are opposing authoritarian regimes, establishing new democratic institutions, or reforming mature democracies to better live up to their ideals. The work of securing it is never finished.

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