Can It Happen Here?: Authoritarianism in America

Cass R. Sunstein (Author)

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$17.98  $16.54
Dey Street Books
Publish Date
March 06, 2018
5.2 X 1.5 X 7.9 inches | 0.9 pounds
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About the Author

Cass R. Sunstein is Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard Law School. A former Obama administration official, he is author of many books, including Conformity and How Change Happens.


"A renowned legal scholar assembles a dream team of other legal authorities and cultural and political analysists to ponder the title, substance, and current relevance of It Can't Happen Here...Cautionary pieces well-informed by history, legal theory, and patriotism, all bubbling in a cauldron of anxiety."--Kirkus
"Sunstein gathers together 17 provocative, topical essays...[that] rouse the reader to think carefully and deeply about the prospects for American authoritarianism."--Publishers Weekly
"Sunstein, for his part, takes a clear-eyed view of the threats to democratic structures... Can it Happen Here? seeks to investigate the questions raised by Lewis in the modern context"--The Progressive
"Through these carefully sourced essays, readers will gain a framework in which to evaluate the hyperbolic rhetoric disseminated on so many platforms. And the topics covered here continue to ripple in the daily news out of Washington."--Booklist
"Several of the contributors -- mainly law professors, with some diplomats, economists and psychologists tossed in -- agree that American politics is susceptible to creeping authoritarianism and provide the intellectual underpinning."--Washington Post
"[Trump] is a cult leader of a movement that has taken over a political party - and he specifically campaigned on a platform of one-man rule. This fact permeates Can It Happen Here? . . . which concludes, if you read between the lines, that "it" already has."--New York Times Book Review
"These essays are serious and thought-provoking."--Pittsburg Post-Gazette