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By Condoleezza Rice

From the previous secretary of kingdom and bestselling writer -- a sweeping examine the worldwide fight for democracy and why the United States needs to proceed to help the reason for human freedom.

"This heartfelt and now and then very relocating ebook exhibits why democracy proponents are so dedicated to their work...Both supporters and skeptics of democracy promoting will come clear of this booklet wiser and higher informed." --The ny instances
From the top of the chilly warfare and the cave in of the Soviet Union to the continued fight for human rights within the heart East, Condoleezza Rice has served at the entrance strains of historical past. As a toddler, she was once an eyewitness to a 3rd awakening of freedom, whilst her fatherland of Birmingham, Alabama, grew to become the epicenter of the civil rights circulate for black Americans.

In this booklet, Rice explains what those epochal occasions train us approximately democracy. At a time while humans world wide are thinking about no matter if democracy is in decline, Rice stocks insights from her reports as a policymaker, pupil, and citizen, so one can placed democracy's demanding situations into perspective.

When the U.S. used to be based, it was once the one try at self-government on this planet. this present day greater than half all nations qualify as democracies, and in the end that quantity will keep growing. but not anything precious ever comes simply. utilizing America's lengthy fight as a template, Rice attracts classes for democracy round the world -- from Russia, Poland, and Ukraine, to Kenya, Colombia, and the center East. She unearths that no transitions to democracy are an analogous simply because each nation starts off in a unique position. Pathways diverge and occasionally circle backward. Time frames for fulfillment differ dramatically, and nations frequently undergo fake begins sooner than getting it correct. yet, Rice argues, that doesn't suggest they need to no longer test. whereas the best stipulations for democracy are renowned in academia, they by no means exist within the genuine international. The query isn't really tips on how to create excellent conditions yet the right way to movement ahead less than tough ones.

These related insights observe in overcoming the demanding situations confronted through governments this day. The pursuit of democracy is a constant fight shared via humans worldwide, whether or not they are opposing authoritarian regimes, developing new democratic associations, or reforming mature democracies to higher stay as much as their beliefs. The paintings of securing it's by no means finished.

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