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‘Grayling incisively surveys attempts by Western thinkers, from Plato and Aristotle to Madison and Tocqueville, to resolve what he calls the “dilemma of democracy”: the tension between the belief that power belongs ultimately to the people, and the desire for stable and humane government.’ ― Wall Street Journal

‘We are mystified, alarmed, even frightened by the cascade of events that beset our world. A. C. Grayling not only clarifies the way in which these events are challenging the workings of democracy – amid the rise in populism in response – but comes up with solutions.’ -- Jon Snow, journalist and broadcaster

‘A. C. Grayling applies his great intellectual prowess to the most pressing issue of our times – the subversion of modern democracies by dark money, corporate power, Big Data, social media and fractured political party systems. Utterly brilliant. Urgently needed. A book for NOW.’ ―
Helena Kennedy, QC

‘A compelling and deeply unsettling dissection of the way in which democratic principles have been subverted by vested interests in the UK and the USA. This book shows that democracy can only be defended if we first understand how it is being attacked.’ -- Nick Clegg, former Deputy Prime Minister

‘A compelling book worthy of being shelved alongside the Federalist Papers and Two Treatises of Government.’ ―
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‘A concise, clear and challenging survey of the history of democracy, its recent failures and how we might repair it.’ ―
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“Democracy and Its Crisis,” by A.C. Grayling, British philosopher, historian and recent guest at George Mason’s Hayden Center. A fast and fascinating read―especially for philosophy―about the origins of democracy, its challenges and what we might do to preserve it. Clear thinking about first principles has never been more needed and Grayling delivers. (Gen. (ret.) Michael Hayden, former CIA and NSA director)
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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Oneworld Publications; Reprint, Updated edition (November 26, 2018)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 240 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1786074060
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1786074065
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 8 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.1 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
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