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Can It Happen Here?: Authoritarianism in America Paperback – Illustrated, March 6, 2018

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“[Trump] is a cult leader of a movement that has taken over a political party – and he specifically campaigned on a platform of one-man rule. This fact permeates Can It Happen Here? . . . which concludes, if you read between the lines, that “it” already has.” (New York Times Book Review)

“Sunstein gathers together 17 provocative, topical essays...[that] rouse the reader to think carefully and deeply about the prospects for American authoritarianism.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Sunstein, for his part, takes a clear-eyed view of the threats to democratic structures…  Can it Happen Here? seeks to investigate the questions raised by Lewis in the modern context” (The Progressive)

“Several of the contributors — mainly law professors, with some diplomats, economists and psychologists tossed in — agree that American politics is susceptible to creeping authoritarianism and provide the intellectual underpinning.” (Washington Post)

“These essays are serious and thought-provoking.” (Pittsburg Post-Gazette)

“A renowned legal scholar assembles a dream team of other legal authorities and cultural and political analysists to ponder the title, substance, and current relevance of It Can’t Happen Here...Cautionary pieces well-informed by history, legal theory, and patriotism, all bubbling in a cauldron of anxiety.” (Kirkus)

“Through these carefully sourced essays, readers will gain a framework in which to evaluate the hyperbolic rhetoric disseminated on so many platforms. And the topics covered here continue to ripple in the daily news out of Washington.” (Booklist)

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Can It Happen Here?

With the election of Donald J. Trump, many people on both the left and right feared that America’s 240-year-old grand experiment in democracy was coming to an end, and that Sinclair Lewis’s satirical novel It Can’t Happen Here, written during the dark days of the 1930s, could finally be coming true. Is the democratic freedom that the United States symbolizes really secure? Can authoritarianism happen in America? Acclaimed legal scholar, Harvard professor, and New York Times bestselling author Cass R. Sunstein queried a number of the nation’s leading thinkers. In this thought-provoking collection of essays, these distinguished thinkers and theorists explore the lessons of history, how democracies crumble, how propaganda works, and the role of the media, courts, elections, and “fake news” in the modern political landscape—and what the future of the United States may hold.


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  • Item Weight : 9.5 ounces
  • Paperback : 496 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 006269619X
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0062696199
  • Product Dimensions : 5.31 x 1.24 x 8 inches
  • Publisher : Dey Street Books; Illustrated Edition (March 6, 2018)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26 ratings