The Case For Democracy: The Power of Freedom to Overcome Tyranny & Terror

The Case For Democracy: The Power of Freedom to Overcome Tyranny & Terror

by Natan Sharansky
     
 
Natan Sharansky, the famous Soviet dissident who spent a decade in gulags, has authored his vision for defeating terrorists worldwide: launching a flood of democratic initiatives, especially in totalitarian regimes. This book, which gained the attention of President Bush and his administration, outlines Sharansky's strategies - based on personal experience - for

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Natan Sharansky, the famous Soviet dissident who spent a decade in gulags, has authored his vision for defeating terrorists worldwide: launching a flood of democratic initiatives, especially in totalitarian regimes. This book, which gained the attention of President Bush and his administration, outlines Sharansky's strategies - based on personal experience - for making the world a safer place.

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Publishers Weekly
Drawing on his autobiography-from Soviet refusenik to Israeli cabinet minister - Sharansky distinguishes between "fear" and "free" societies. He spends a significant amount of time taking on conservative "realists" who prize stability in international relations, as well as liberals who he says fail to distinguish between flawed democracies that struggle to implement human rights and authoritarian or totalitarian states that flout human rights as a matter of course. Sharansky criticizes those who argue that democracy is culturally contingent and therefore unsuited for Muslim societies. Turning to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, he mentions documented Israeli human rights abuses, but places the bulk of the blame for the conflict on the dictatorial systems prevalent in Arab societies. He also weighs in on the vexing subject of how to distinguish legitimate criticism of Israel from the "new anti-Semitism." Such criticism must pass the "3D" test of "[no] demonization, double standards, or delegitimation." Sharansky does not grapple deeply with the current situation in Iraq, but his opinions throughout, honed through years in a Soviet prison and in the corridors of power, feel earned. Agent, Marvin Josephson at ICM. (Nov.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780892216444
Publisher:
Icon Publishing Group, LLC
Publication date:
10/28/2009
Pages:
303
Product dimensions:
5.48(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.92(d)

Meet the Author

Anatoly Sharansky was born January 20, 1948 in Donetsk, Ukraine to a Jewish family and later graduated with a degree in Applied Mathematics from the Physical Technical Institute in Moscow. Sharansky is the chairman and founder (1995) of the political party Yisrael B'Aliyah (or Israel on the rise) promoting the absorption of the Soviet Jews into Israeli society.

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