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Many of us are consumed by news cycles reporting on Trump's latest astonishing policy or declaration, and the overwhelming sense we have is one of confusion and incredulity - how could this be happening?

As the 2020 US presidential race takes shape, Surviving Autocracy provides an indispensable overview of the calamitous trajectory of the past few years. Drawing on their Soviet childhood and two decades covering the resurgence of totalitarianism in Russia, acclaimed New Yorker journalist and prize-winning author Masha Gessen links together seemingly disparate elements of Trump's regime to offer a roadmap for understanding Trump's approach, policies and ultimate aims. Highlighting an inventory of ravages to liberal democracy, including the corrosion of the media, the justice system and cultural norms, they posit that America is in the throws of an autocratic attempt.

Gessen's penetrating analysis offers a new political discourse to replace that which has been so thoroughly degraded and with it, a clearer path to action. Manifesto-like, Surviving Autocracy is threaded with solutions to the current situation, such as developing a political language that encompasses autocratic impulses, a more agile and honest media and a visionary moral politics to counter Trump's extraordinary on-going assault.

©2020 Masha Gessen (P)2020 Penguin Random House

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  • juliet
  • 30-12-2020

So insightful

I loved this book, even though some of it was challenging. Masha explains her points clearly and in a way that is depressingly easy to understand. In my opinion this book is not anti-Trump, it is pro democracy. It puts the voting and political system itself under the spotlight and asks the question 'What would happen if someone tried to break it?'
A fascinating and articulate book about the mechanics of politics with real life examples.

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