Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism


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5.1 X 7.9 X 0.8 inches | 0.5 pounds

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About the Author

ANNE APPLEBAUM's 2018 Atlantic article "A Warning from Europe" inspired this book and was a finalist for a National Magazine Award. After seventeen years as a columnist at The Washington Post, Applebaum became a staff writer at The Atlantic in 2020. She is the author of three critically acclaimed and award-winning histories of the Soviet Union: Red Famine, Iron Curtain, and Gulag, winner of the Pulitzer Prize.


Named a BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR by The Washington Post and The Financial Times

"The book to buy for insight into what Trump's rise and rule really mean--here and abroad--for democracy in our time." --NPR

"How did our democracy go wrong? This extraordinary document . . . is Applebaum's answer." --Timothy Snyder, author of On Tyranny

"[Applebaum's] historical expertise and knowledge of contemporary Europe and the United States illuminate what is eternal and distinctive about the political perils facing us today. . . . Twilight of Democracy offers many lessons on the long-standing struggle between democracy and dictatorship. But perhaps the most important is how fragile democracy is: Its survival depends on choices made every day by elites and ordinary people." --The Washington Post

"Often sobering, sometimes shocking, but never despairing. . . . One of the many welcome aspects to [this] book is its acknowledgment that democracy, like any other form of government, is not forever. It cannot be a machine that would go of itself; it is a machine that, instead, goes only as long as its users care for it." --Los Angeles Review of Books

"There is no single reason that liberal democracy is in such a precarious state, Applebaum notes. Crisp, elegant prose." --The Christian Science Monitor

"Thought-provoking and gracefully written." --The American Interest

"If anyone is well placed to write about the global rise of authoritarian regimes and their polarization of society, it is Applebaum." --The Arts Fuse "An illuminating political memoir about the breakup of the political tribe that won the Cold War." --Literary Review (London)

"Engrossing. . . . This is a political book; it is also intensely personal, and the more powerful for it." --The Guardian

"[Applebaum] deploys the roles of both historian and hostess to impressive effect. A penetrating work of ethnography, a novel study of the intellectual tribe to which the author belongs." --The Sunday Times (London)

"The risk of twilight of our western democratic model, the uncertainty of what may follow--a brighter dawn or a darker night--require that all warnings be urgently considered. This book demands such consideration." --The Irish Times

"Critically important for its muscular, oppositionist attack on the new right from within conservative ranks--and for the well-documented warning it embodies. [Applebaum's] views are especially welcome because she is a deliberate thinker and astute observer rather than just the latest pundit or politico. . . . A knowledgeable, rational, necessarily dark take on dark realities." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)