Study of our recent political past finds few reasons to be cheerful
Empire of Democracy by Simon Reid-Henry demonstrates the necessity of inquiry into our recent past. It yields insights that help us understand our present and imagine the possibilities of our future
POLITICS: Empire of Democracy, The Remaking of the West Since the Cold War 1971-2017, By Simon Reid-Henry, John Murray, €34.50
An American tycoon storms to unexpected political success. A leader skilled in the arts of modern communication governs Italy. An anti-immigrant party surges forward in an Austrian election.
The tycoon is Steve Forbes contesting primaries for the Republican Party; the Italian politician is Silvio Berlusconi and the Austrian political party is the Freedom...
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