The Case for Democracy
The Power of Freedom to Overcome Tyranny and TerrorBook - 2004
Looks at the need for democracy worldwide, and how the achievement of democracy can lead to world peace.
Sharansky was catapulted onto the Israeli political stage in 1996. In the last eight years, he has served as a minister in four different Israeli cabinets, including a stint as Deputy Prime Minister, playing a key role in government decision making from the peace negotiations at Wye to the war against Palestinian terror. In his views, he has been as consistent as he has been stubborn: Tyranny, whether in the Soviet Union or the Middle East, must always be made to bow before democracy.
Drawing on a lifetime of experience of democracy and its absence, Sharansky believes that only democracy can safeguard the well-being of societies. For Sharansky, when it comes to democracy, politics is not a matter of left and right, but right and wrong.
This is a passionately argued book from a man who carries supreme moral authority to make the case he does here: that the spread of democracy everywhere is not only possible, but also essential to the survival of our civilization. His argument is sure to stir controversy on all sides; this is arguably the great issue of our times.
The former Soviet dissident, who now serves as Israel's Minister for Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs, discusses his experience as the first political prisoner released by Gorbachev as a result of glasnost. Sharansky uses his experience in a "fear society" as a lens to view freedom broadly. E.g., he decries the West's illusion that non-democratic regimes can be reliable allies in the quest for international peace. The author also criticizes Israel for its lack of moral clarity in combating the new anti-Semitism. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)