The Dictator's Learning Curve: Inside the Global Battle for Democracy

The Dictator's Learning Curve: Inside the Global Battle for Democracy

In this riveting portrait of authoritarianism in peril, acclaimed journalist William Dobson takes us inside the relentless battle between dictators and the people challenging their rule.

We are witnessing an incredible moment in the war between dictators and democracy—waves of protests are sweeping Syria and Yemen, and despots have fallen in Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya. But the Arab Spring is only the latest front in a worldwide battle between freedom and repression, a battle that also rages in a dozen other countries from Venezuela to China, Russia to Malaysia. It is a struggle that, until recently, dictators have been winning hands-down. The reason is that today’s authoritarian regimes are nothing like the frozen-in-time government of North Korea. They are ever-morphing, technologically savvy, and internationally connected, and they have replaced more brutal forms of intimidation with seemingly “free” elections and talk of human rights. Facing off against modern dictators is an unlikely army of democracy advocates—students, bloggers, environmentalists, lawyers, activists, and millionaires—who are growing increasingly savvy themselves. The result is a global game of cat-and-mouse, where the future of freedom hangs in the balance. Dobson takes us behind the scenes in both camps, and reveals how each side is honing its strategies for the war that will define our age.

Title:The Dictator's Learning Curve: Inside the Global Battle for Democracy
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780385533355
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    Some days ago many gathered in Oslo's Freedom Forum 2014 to address this issue of Dictatorship*. At least 30 dictatorships have been exposed; Will Dobson was there too. So were people who would compla...

  • Tracy

    I really enjoyed this book! Of course, part of what was enjoyable was my husband misunderstanding the title and worrying that I've been studying a "Dictator's Handbook" - he has several times expresse...

  • Chris Aylott

    A surprisingly optimistic book. Dobson shows how today's autocrats are taking a more sophisticated approach to repression, targeting the troublemakers and encouraging apathy among everyone else. Fake ...

  • Ricardo

    An excellent book for learning about how authoritarian governments work in the XXI century....

  • Ionut

    "The Dictator's Learning Curve" is a thoroughly researched book that dissects modern day dictators and repressive states. Modern day dictators have adapted their techniques to the modern day. Instead ...

  • Adam

    Another non-fiction book that was wonderfully informative but a slog to get through. Best read a chapter at a time, as each chapter tackles a different subject and read like lengthy magazine articles....

  • Pak Sun Ng

    "...the people who challenge them are moving up their own learning curve, too. From one authoritarian capital to the next, one truth is increasingly inescapable: The people actually matter. For a dict...

  • wally

    finished this one this morning, 29th of may 2017. good read. i liked it. 3-stars. enlightening, to know that there exists such a thing as...what? dobson doesn't provide it a name, like "terrorist-trai...

  • Kamil Salamah

    A very informative book. It shows how governments in power will go to any extreme to secure their longevity. Some are agile and respond quickly to enforce any processes to legitimize their existence, ...

  • Nicholas Maulucci

    Now this was an interesting book. Author took turns focusing on different despotic regimes in the current world. Traveled to those places and talked to the movers and shakers. This kind of stuff shoul...