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Breaking the Real Axis of Evil: How to Oust the World's Last Dictators by 2025 Hardcover – September 15, 2003
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From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Open societies provide only the basis for a more peaceful, prosperous world. Mark Palmer is at the cutting edge of change in the right direction. (George Soros, investor and philanthropist)
Mark Palmer's vision of a 100% democratic world is bold and important. I urge anyone interested in supporting the struggle of Chinese, Arab, African, and Cuban democrats to read this book! (Bill Richardson, former Secretary of Energy, ambassador to the United Nations, congressman, and now Governor of New Mexico)
During and after the three world wars (two hot, one cold) of the twentieth century we and our allies have freed much of the world. Mark Palmer shows us how to finish the job. Bravo. (R. James Woolsey, former Director of the CIA; Chairman, Woolsey Partners LLC)
I watched Ambassador Palmer in action in Budapest as he helped galvanize and even march with Hungarian democrats. I recommend his book to my colleagues in the Congress and in democratic parliaments around the world. (Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Minority Leader and highest ranking woman in the history of the U. S. Congress)
Ambassador Mark Palmer's democracy manifesto is a radical blueprint for democratic change everywhere dictators oppress their people, and an impassioned call for a foreign policy true to America's founding principles. (Senator John McCain)
Mark Palmer's prescription for the "End of Dicatatorships" is a fundamental contribution to the debate about the world's future. He has extensively researched what works in dumping dictators peacefully, looked at each of the remaining rogue regimes and developed a new foreign policy paradigm. (Professor Francis Fukuyama, Johns Hopkins University, author of "The End of History and the Last Man.")
The only problem with President Bush's axis of evil label is that it doesn't extend far enough, argues Palmer, in this primer to promoting democracy around the world. Palmer, the U.S. ambassador to Hungary when communism collapsed more than a decade ago, builds on his experience there to provide a list of what government, diplomats, non-governmental organizations and the media can do to unseat dictators. (Publishers Weekly)
This work offers a welcome alternative to some of the mailed-fist policies of today. (Library Journal)
One of the best but least noticed books among all tomes addressing the quest for peace in the post-September 11 era. . . . An invaluable foreign policy guide. (The Wall Street Journal)
Palmer makes an excellent case that the spirit is strong and that it must be sustained with international help. (The World Today)
If the United States under George W. Bush (or his successors) is to be an affective agitator for democracy worldwide, then Mark Palmer's Breaking the Real Axis of Evil must become required reading for U.S. diplomats-in-training at the Foreign Service Institute, and ought to be read at think tanks, universities, and national-security establishments throughout the democratic world. (The Journal Of Democracy)
Palmer, former U.S. ambassador to Hungary, argues that global peace cannot be achieved until democracies replace the world's last remaining dictators. (Bi-Monthly)
Palmer provides a practical handbook for how to put into effect a pro-democratic foreign policy for a U.S. government that is so minded. (Middle East Quarterly)
...should be required reading for every member of Congress and recommended for every citizen (Tammy Drennan Chattanooga Times Free Press)
...a wonderful book―a moral and intellectual tour de force. (Book Review Digest)
Top Customer Reviews
New Comment: In my view, this is the single most important work of the century with respect to American moral diplomacy. I note with concern that under Bush-Cheney "Failed States" have increased from 75 in 2005 to 177 in 2007. We've lost our mind, and our morals, as a Nation.
Ambassador Mark Palmer puts to rest all those generally unfair stereotypes of Foreign Service Officers as "cookie pushing" softies who fall in love with their host countries and blame America for any flaws in the bi-lateral relationship. With this book he provides an inspiring model for precisely what every Foreign Service Officer should aspire: to understand, to articulate, and then to implement very great goals that serve democracy and help extend the bounty of the American way of life--moral capitalism and shared wealth--to every corner of the world.
This is a detailed and practical book, not just visionary. It is useful and inspiring, not just a personal view. It is also a damning indictment of fifty years of US White House and Congressional politics, where in the name of anti-communism and cheap oil America--regardless of which party has been in power, has been willing to consort with the most despotic, ruthless, murderous regimes in the history of mankind. Still alive today and still very much "friends" of the U.S. Government are dictators that think nothing of murdering millions.
There has been some improvement, offset by an increase in partly free countries. From 69 countries not free at all in 1972 we now have 47. From 38 countries partly free in 1972 we now have 56, many of those remnants of the former Soviet Union.Read more ›
We've seen a gush of books denouncing the current Bush administration etc, but Palmer's work stands out by making scores of PRACTICAL suggestions. His case studies range from Chile to the Philippines and make a lot of sense. For instance, his suggestions on handling the sensitive issue of Falun Gong in China are not only smart, they would also be a cinch to implement.
I highly recommend this educated and accessible read for matters that affect us all.
On the down side, it looks like Palmer overestimated the strength of democratic movements, and underestimated tools which dictators use to suppress democratic movements. Palmer correctly noted the mineral wealth controlled by dictators, without noting the effect the same mineral wealth wealth might have on a democratic movement which ousted a dictator.
So this is an excellent book for refining current ideas on promoting freedom and democratic self-government. Palmer's ideas expected nations to go directly from dictator to self-government, and there is little evidence in 10 years that nations can make single leaps like that. Current ideas for promoting democracy still resemble Palmer's single leaps, so reading this book 10 years after publication may open eyes.
Bottom line: we can read Palmer's ideas to see what is wrong with our own ideas. As a start, we can compare Palmer's ideas, which replaced dictators in national elections, to possible ideas for self-governing city elections. We might ask ourselves if it is better to grow democracy bottom up rather than top down? While working bottom up, outsiders would need to manage the wealth of newly freed nations, in order to keep sudden power and wealth away from unprepared citizens.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Could find all information in google, the author tell me nothing new. Not good at all to pay for the price.Published on December 3, 2013 by Khmer Blood
AMERICA - ISRAEL. These two dictatorships were not included, probably because the rosy light of Toffler's Third Wave (technology and information leading to continued American... Read morePublished on April 29, 2010 by Viridian
While i have not read this book I could not help but write this anyway ..The assumption in official circles is that the US and its foreign policy has been to build freedom and... Read morePublished on January 20, 2009 by Ellesar