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Zakaria's provocative and wide-ranging book is eminently worth reading. If not entirely persuasive when dealing with contemporary American politics, he is correct that Americans' obsession with electoral democracy has clouded their understanding of countries such as Russia, China, and South Korea and led at times to disastrous policy choices. This case has been made before, but never as simply and clearly. His book displays a kind of argumentation, grounded in history and political philosophy, of which there is precious little these days, particularly among opinion columnists.
|Introduction: The Democratic Age||13|
|Chapter 1||A Brief History of Human Liberty||29|
|Chapter 2||The Twisted Path||59|
|Chapter 3||Illiberal Democracy||89|
|Chapter 4||The Islamic Exception||119|
|Chapter 5||Too Much of a Good Thing||161|
|Chapter 6||The Death of Authority||199|
|Conclusion: The Way Out||239|
Posted September 7, 2005
A refreshing, original, honest and intelligent work. Zakaria is no polemicist by far, and no fool, He outlines carefully the paramount importance of freedom and constitutional liberty, liberal in the classical 19th Century sense, over elections and illiberal democracy. The parallels drawn between cultural and political development and the destructive power of excess 'democratization' are excellent. Read and think - and worry.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.