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How to Lose a Country: The 7 Steps from Democracy to Dictatorship

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Ece Temelkuran

7 Hours 49 Minutes

HarperCollins Publishers UK

February 2019

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'This is essential' Margaret Atwood on Twitter
'The single best book that I have read about the populist, authoritarian trend that is remaking our world' Benjamin Rhodes, author of The World As It Is
'Vibrates with outrage' The Times

'It couldn't happen here'

Ece Temelkuran heard reasonable people in Britain say it the night of the Brexit vote.

She heard reasonable people in America say it the night Trump's election was soundtracked by chants of 'Build that wall.'

She heard reasonable people in Turkey say it as Erdo?an rigged elections, rebuilt the economy around cronyism, and labelled his opposition as terrorists.

How to Lose a Country is an impassioned plea, a warning to the world that populism and nationalism don't march fully-formed into government; they creep. Award winning author and journalist Ece Temelkuran identifies the early-warning signs of this phenomenon, sprouting up across the world, in order to define a global pattern, and arm the reader with the tools to root it out.

Proposing alternative, global answers to the pressing - and too often paralysing - political questions of our time, Temelkuran explores the insidious idea of 'real people', the infantilisation of language and debate, the way laughter can prove a false friend, and the dangers of underestimating one's opponent. She weaves memoir, history and clear-sighted argument into an urgent and eloquent defence of democracy.

No longer can the reasonable comfort themselves with 'it couldn't happen here.' It is happening. And soon it may be too late.

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  • Michael O.

    A book worth listening to. The author is intelligent who has been through a lot. The book combines insights into populism with their techniques to undermine democracy to replace it ultimately by cruelty and authoriatism. I loved the role play of how Aristotle arguing with a populist that "all men are mortal" could loose the debate. We all need to understand this to rekindle our humanity and social justice. BRAVO!!

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