“Think democracy’s the up-and-coming thing in the developing world? This book may shatter more than few illusions of free markets and polities.”—Kirkus Reviews
"Any member of Congress who refuses to compromise on the budget sequester. . . should be given this mandatory assignment: Read Democracy in Retreat: The Revolt of the Middle Class and the Worldwide Decline of Representative Government."—Trudy Rubin, Philadelphia Inquirer
(Trudy Rubin Philadelphia Inquirer
A Wall Street Journal Best Book of 2013
(Wall Street Journal
A Business Week Best Book of 2013
This thought-provoking book addresses a set of new and disturbing trends: democracies around the world are losing ground, middle class support of democracy has waned, and autocracies are on the rise.