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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’ 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 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.

Contributors include:

  • Martha Minow, dean of Harvard Law School
  • Eric Posner, law professor at the University of Chicago Law School
  • Tyler Cowen, economics professor at George Mason University
  • Timur Kuran, economics and political science professor at Duke University
  • Noah Feldman, professor of law at Harvard Law School
  • Jonathan Haidt, social psychologist and professor of ethical leadership at New York University’s Stern School of Business
  • Jack Goldsmith, professor at Harvard Law School, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, and co-founder of Lawfare
  • Stephen Holmes, professor of law at New York University
  • Jon Elster, professor of the social sciences at Columbia University
  • Thomas Ginsburg, professor of international law and professor of political science at the University of Chicago and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Cass R. Sunstein, Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard University
  • Duncan Watts, sociologist and principal researcher at Microsoft Research
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Quotes & Awards

  • “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…Although most of the essayists are moderately sanguine about our survival, most see a pathway that a patient autocrat could take to delete and/or attenuate key Constitutional provisions—especially those most precious freedoms of speech and the press…Cautionary pieces well-informed by history, legal theory, and patriotism, all bubbling in a cauldron of anxiety.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “The best of the entries rouse the reader to think carefully and deeply about the prospects for American authoritarianism.”

    Publishers Weekly

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About the Author
Author Cass R. Sunstein

Cass Sunstein is the Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard and the founder and director of the university’s program on behavioral economics and public policy. He is a columnist for Bloomberg View, a frequent congressional witness, and an informal advisor to many public officials at all levels of government. He has served as administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, as a member of the President’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies, and as an attorney-advisor in the Department of Justice. His many books include the bestseller Nudge, with Richard H. Thaler; Simpler: The Future of Government; and Republic.com.

About the Narrator

Kaleo Griffith is an actor and Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator. He has appeared in such television series as Law & Order and Reggie’s Family & Friends.