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The Resource Democracy : stories from the long road to freedom, Condoleezza Rice

Democracy : stories from the long road to freedom, Condoleezza Rice

Label
Democracy : stories from the long road to freedom
Title
Democracy
Title remainder
stories from the long road to freedom
Statement of responsibility
Condoleezza Rice
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"From the former secretary of state and bestselling author -- a sweeping look at the global struggle for democracy and why America must continue to support the cause of human freedom. From the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union to the ongoing struggle for human rights in the Middle East, Condoleezza Rice has served on the front lines of history. As a child, she was an eyewitness to a third awakening of freedom, when her hometown of Birmingham, Alabama, became the epicenter of the civil rights movement for black Americans. In this book, Rice explains what these epochal events teach us about democracy. At a time when people around the world are wondering whether democracy is in decline, Rice shares insights from her experiences as a policymaker, scholar, and citizen, in order to put democracy's challenges into perspective. When the United States was founded, it was the only attempt at self-government in the world. Today more than half of all countries qualify as democracies, and in the long run that number will continue to grow. Yet nothing worthwhile ever comes easily. Using America's long struggle as a template, Rice draws lessons for democracy around the world -- from Russia, Poland, and Ukraine, to Kenya, Colombia, and the Middle East. She finds that no transitions to democracy are the same because every country starts in a different place. Pathways diverge and sometimes circle backward. Time frames for success vary dramatically, and countries often suffer false starts before getting it right. But, Rice argues, that does not mean they should not try. While the ideal conditions for democracy are well known in academia, they never exist in the real world. The question is not how to create perfect circumstances but how to move forward under difficult ones. These same insights apply in overcoming the challenges faced by governments today. The pursuit of democracy is a continuing struggle shared by people around the world, whether they are opposing authoritarian regimes, establishing new democratic institutions, or reforming mature democracies to better live up to their ideals. The work of securing it is never finished"--
Assigning source
Provided by publisher
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
321.8
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
JC421
LC item number
.R49 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Democracy : stories from the long road to freedom, Condoleezza Rice
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 449-466) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue -- Introduction: Is democracy in retreat? -- The American experience -- Russia and the weight of history -- Martial law and the origins of Polish democracy -- Ukraine: "a made up country"? -- Kenya: "Save our beloved country" -- Colombia: the era of democratic security -- The Middle East: can democracy exist in a cauldron? Iraq: when tyrants fall ; Egypt and Tunisia: when old men fail ; Arab monarchies: will they reform? -- Are authoritarians so bad? -- What democracy must deliver -- "Democracy is the worst... except for all the others" -- Epilogue: they will look to America -- 2016
Control code
1705458
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Edition.
Extent
viii, 486 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781455540181
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2016056710
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (chiefly color), maps
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 1705458
  • (Sirsi) 1705458
  • (OCoLC)958797575
Label
Democracy : stories from the long road to freedom, Condoleezza Rice
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 449-466) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue -- Introduction: Is democracy in retreat? -- The American experience -- Russia and the weight of history -- Martial law and the origins of Polish democracy -- Ukraine: "a made up country"? -- Kenya: "Save our beloved country" -- Colombia: the era of democratic security -- The Middle East: can democracy exist in a cauldron? Iraq: when tyrants fall ; Egypt and Tunisia: when old men fail ; Arab monarchies: will they reform? -- Are authoritarians so bad? -- What democracy must deliver -- "Democracy is the worst... except for all the others" -- Epilogue: they will look to America -- 2016
Control code
1705458
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Edition.
Extent
viii, 486 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781455540181
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2016056710
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (chiefly color), maps
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 1705458
  • (Sirsi) 1705458
  • (OCoLC)958797575

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