An excellent read. We often take democracy for granted, not realising how fragile it is and how quickly authoritarians and despots have dismantled at various times all over the world. My only grouse is that the authors didn't analyse present data india. Every symptom of a democracy in peril manifests itself here as well.
the events mentioned seems that we are re-living the same moments in a different era, different dates but the characters remain the same..the party names are different but ideology is same and the end result would be same if not taken remedial measures...
I would have called this book How (American) Democracy Dies.
Having made that little quibble, this is an excellent book. For me, the first part is excellent, where the authors detail the four signs that point towards a movement from democracy to an unenlightened autocracy. These signs are clear enough for me to see what has happened in my own country, and what is happening today.
There are danger signs aplenty.
The book does indeed focus on the USA, and this is something that they stated upfront. Having said that, I would have liked more analysis of what is happening across the world. There is scant mention of Asia, and this is a weakness in the book because a large percentage of the world's population lives in India and China.
Still, it does provide enough food for thought, and much cause for worry.