Reviews

  • Anyone who is concerned about the future of democracy should read this brisk, accessible book. Anyone who is not concerned should definitely read it.

    Daron Acemoglu, co-author of Why Nations Fail
  • How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt is a useful primer on the importance of norms, institutional restraints and civic participation in maintaining a democracy - and how quickly those things can erode when we're not paying attention

    President Barack Obama
  • With great energy and integrity [Levitsky and Ziblatt] apply their expertise to the current problems of the United States.

    Timothy Snyder, author of On Tyranny
  • We owe the authors a debt of thanks for bringing their deep understanding to bear on the central political issue of the day.

    Francis Fukuyama, author of Political Order and Political Decay
  • What's the worst thing to happen to US democracy recently? Most answers to that question start and end with Donald Trump. Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt, though as horrified by Trump as anyone, try to take a wider view. This book looks to history to provide a guide for defending democratic norms when they are under threat, and finds that it is possible to fight back. Provocative and readable.

    David Runciman, The Guardian
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    One of Time Magazine's Best Books of the Year 2018