The Case for Democracy

The Case for Democracy

The Power of Freedom to Overcome Tyranny and Terror

Book - 2004
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Baker & Taylor
Looks at the need for democracy worldwide, and how the achievement of democracy can lead to world peace.

Perseus Publishing
Natan Sharansky believes that the truest expression of democracy is the ability to stand in the middle of a town square and express one's views without fear of imprisonment. He should know. A dissident in the USSR, Sharansky was jailed for nine years for challenging Soviet policies. During that time he reinforced his moral conviction that democracy is essential to both protecting human rights and maintaining global peace and security.

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.

Book News
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 (

Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, c2004
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781586482619
Characteristics: xxvi, 303 p. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Dermer, Ron


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