The Spirit of Democracy

The Spirit of Democracy

The Struggle to Build Free Societies Throughout the World

Book - 2008
Average Rating:
Rate this:
One of America's preeminent experts on democracy charts the future prospects for freedom around the world in the aftermath of Iraq and deepening authoritarianism   Over three decades, the world was transformed. In 1974, nearly three-quarters of all countries were dictatorships; today, more than half are democracies. Yet recent efforts to promote democracy have stumbled, and many democratic governments are faltering. In this bold and sweeping vision for advancing freedom around the world, social scientist Larry Diamond examines how and why democracy progresses. He demonstrates that the desire for democracy runs deep, even in very poor countries, and that seemingly entrenched regimes like Iran and China could become democracies within a generation. He also dissects the causes of the "democratic recession" in critical states, including the crime-infested oligarchy in Russia and the strong-armed populism ofVenezuela. Diamond cautions that arrogance and inconsistency have undermined America's aspirations to promote democracy. To spur a renewed democratic boom, he urges vigorous support of good governance - the rule of law, security, protection of individual rights, and shared economic prosperity - and free civic organizations. Only then will the spirit of democracy be secured.
Publisher: New York : Times Books/Henry Holt and Company, 2008.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780805078695
Branch Call Number: 321.8 DIA
Characteristics: 448 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

Sep 20, 2016

// . . . . Diamond, who served as senior advisor to the Iraqi Coalition Provisional Authority, has witnessed democracy-building efforts at close range. \\
Does anyone really need to know more than that, or that he attended the plutocracy's elite schools, loves to quote neocon Madeleine Albright [who also happens to be George Soros' cousin] and trashes Hugo Chavez, RIP [one assumes Diamond would be thrilled had Otto Reich and his crew been successful when they attempted to overthrow President Chavez and put the head of Venezuela's Chamber of Commerce in his place - - Reich was part of the CIA within the State Department, something which has grown tremendously under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton]. Author is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution: reward for the chief FBI investigator on the Warren Commission - - presidency of the Hoover Institution. 'Nuff said!

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at HPL

To Top