Our Own Worst Enemy: The Assault from within on Modern Democracy 1st Edition

4.6 out of 5 stars 387 ratings
ISBN-13: 978-0197518878
ISBN-10: 0197518877
Why is ISBN important?
ISBN
This bar-code number lets you verify that you're getting exactly the right version or edition of a book. The 13-digit and 10-digit formats both work.
Scan an ISBN with your phone
Use the Amazon App to scan ISBNs and compare prices.
<Embed>
Loading your book clubs
There was a problem loading your book clubs. Please try again.
Not in a club? Learn more
Amazon book clubs early access

Join or create book clubs

Choose books together

Track your books
Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free.
Condition: Used: Very Good
Access codes and supplements are not guaranteed with used items.
Get Fast, Free Shipping with Amazon Prime
FREE delivery:
Get free shipping
Free shipping within the U.S. when you order $25.00 of eligible items shipped by Amazon.
Or get faster shipping on this item starting at $5.99 . (Prices may vary for AK and HI.)
Learn more about free shipping
Dec 21 - 23 on orders over $25.00 shipped by Amazon. Details
Fastest delivery: Dec 16 - 18
Arrives before Christmas
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Available at a lower price from other sellers that may not offer free Prime shipping.
List Price: $24.95 Details
Save: $5.85 (23%)
Get Fast, Free Shipping with Amazon Prime
FREE delivery:
Get free shipping
Free shipping within the U.S. when you order $25.00 of eligible items shipped by Amazon.
Or get faster shipping on this item starting at $5.99 . (Prices may vary for AK and HI.)
Learn more about free shipping
Monday, Dec 13 on orders over $25.00 shipped by Amazon. Details
Fastest delivery: Thursday, Dec 9
Order within 22 hrs and 39 mins
Details
Arrives before Christmas
Our Own Worst Enemy: The ... has been added to your Cart
Available at a lower price from other sellers that may not offer free Prime shipping.

Amazon First Reads | Editors' picks at exclusive prices

Frequently bought together

  • Our Own Worst Enemy: The Assault from within on Modern Democracy
  • +
  • The Death of Expertise: The Campaign against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters
  • +
  • Peril
Total price:
To see our price, add these items to your cart.
Choose items to buy together.

Special offers and product promotions

  • Create your FREE Amazon Business account to save up to 10% with Business-only prices and free shipping.

From the Publisher

Editorial Reviews

Review


"While democracy does battle with other political ideologies--fascism, communism, socialism--its most difficult battle is always with itself, the inherent contradiction that is both its greatest strength and most glaring vulnerability. The challenges we face in the 21st century are of a different magnitude, but rooted in this central truth: Democracy takes work. Tom Nichols' outstanding book is where we begin." -- Ian Bremmer, President and Founder of Eurasia Group and GZERO Media

 


"Maybe it's not imaginary conspiracies but rather our own failures--moral, intellectual, political--that are leading Americans to support incompetent, inarticulate and even authoritarian politicians. That's the thesis that Tom Nichols argues amusingly and persuasively in this book before concluding that reform must begin from within." -- Anne Applebaum, staff writer for The Atlantic, and author of Twilight of Democracy

 


"Nichols has nailed the problem that ails our democracies - and it is us: The narcissism, self-indulgence and nostalgia that come from a society in which the depth of our pockets are matched by the shallowness of our minds. Nichols neither gives into despair nor falls for simplistic solutions. He offers a wise, acute and unblinking measure of our failings--and the glimpse of a way out." -- Edward Luce, S national editor and columnist, Financial Times, and author of The Retreat of Western Liberalism

 


"The eloquent jeremiad, that brilliant form of lamentation, is alive and well in the able hands of Tom Nichols. You don't have to agree with him on everything to appreciate his deep commitment to liberal democracy, his horror in the face of authoritarian demagoguery, and his call on democratic citizens to embrace knowledge and virtue. Nichols is that rarest of creatures, a happy scold who believes that deep down, even we terribly flawed human beings are capable of aspiring to higher purposes." -- E. J. Dionne Jr, author of Code Red: How Progressives and Moderates Can Unite to Save Our
Country

 


"Taking freedom and democracy for granted is a fatal mistake. Our Own Worst Enemy explains why even the greatest nation on Earth isn't immune to the destructive effects of cynicism and ignorance. It is both a history lesson and a sharp examination of painful recent events. The forces of illiberalism are on the rise, and it's not clear that liberal democracy is up to the challenge. This book makes the essential case that ignoring politics is a luxury the citizens of the free world can no longer afford. Being a successful chessplayer requires understanding yourself and your own decision-making process. As Tom Nichols demonstrates in Our Own Worst Enemy, it turns out that's also required to be a successful country. America has enough enemies without turning on itself." -- Garry Kasparov, Chairman of the Renew Democracy Initiative, author of Winter Is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped, and the former world chess champion

 


"There are few silver linings to the monstrous transformation of the American right: one has been discovering the stalwart minority of decent, intelligent, honest conservatives who fiercely and absolutely reject the party of Trump--such as Tom Nichols. Our Own Worst Enemy is his thoughtful and thought-provoking diagnosis of our urgent democratic crises, which provided me the important pleasure of enjoying, learning from, and arguing with it." -- Kurt Andersen, author of Evil Geniuses and Fantasyland

 


"Nichols provides bleak but thought-provoking analysis... Our Own Worst Enemy is a blistering critique of twenty-first-century American politics."--Foreword Reviews

 


"A searing critique of contemporary political culture and the rise of illiberalism on both the right and the left."--Publishers Weekly

 


"A strong argument for civic reengagement."--Kirkus

 

 

About the Author


Tom Nichols, Professor of National Security Affairs, US Naval War College

Tom Nichols is Professor of National Security Affairs, US Naval War College, a columnist for USA Today, and a contributing writer at The Atlantic. He is the author of The Death of Expertise (Oxford 2017), No Use: Nuclear Weapons and US National Security (2013), and Eve of Destruction: The Coming Age
of Preventive War (2008). He is also an instructor at the Harvard Extension School and an adjunct professor at the US Air Force School of Strategic Force Studies. He is a former aide in the US Senate and has been a Fellow of the International Security Program at the John F. Kennedy School of
Government at Harvard University.

Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Oxford University Press; 1st edition (August 19, 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 272 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0197518877
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0197518878
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 14.3 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 8.2 x 1.2 x 5.8 inches
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 387 ratings

Join Audible Premium Plus for 60% off. Only $5.95 a month for the first 3 months.

Customer reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
4.6 out of 5
387 global ratings

Top reviews from the United States

Reviewed in the United States on July 22, 2021
Verified Purchase
106 people found this helpful
Report abuse
Reviewed in the United States on July 22, 2021
Verified Purchase
58 people found this helpful
Report abuse
Reviewed in the United States on August 10, 2021
Verified Purchase
50 people found this helpful
Report abuse
Reviewed in the United States on August 9, 2021
Verified Purchase
40 people found this helpful
Report abuse

Top reviews from other countries

Shounak Sarkar
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read book on the state of cultural decay in the world, which has scary imp
Reviewed in Australia on November 5, 2021
Verified Purchase