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From the Publisher"This riveting book illuminates the extraordinary rise and fall of Peru’s Alberto Fujimori and Vladimiro Montesinos. Conaghan probes a serious challenge facing not only Peru but many countries in the world today—elites’ moral decay, abetting a corrupt government’s capacity to maintain a veneer of legitimacy. Required reading for scholars, and will engage students and informed publics throughout the hemisphere."
—Cynthia McClintock, George Washington University
"A fascinating account. Conaghan effectively demonstrates how the public sphere, through its domestic and international dimensions, can be used to buttress authoritarianism as well as to undermine it."
—Philip Oxhorn, McGill University
"Conaghan has provided the scholarly community with a classic, required reading for all supporters of democracy as a case study of the multiple ways a few determined individuals can manipulate the public sphere and use democratic institutions for the explicit purpose of undermining them."
—Latin American Politics and Society