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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (265 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Natan Sharansky Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Natan Sharansky has lived an unusual life, spending nine years as a Soviet political prisoner and nine years as an Israeli politician. In this brilliantly analytical yet personal book, Sharansky and his longtime friend and advisor Ron Dermer make the case for democracy. The authors put nondemocratic societies under the microscope to reveal the mechanics of tyranny that sustain them, and explain why democracy is essential for our security.

Freedom, Sharansky claims, is rooted in the right to dissent, and societies that do not protect that right can never be reliable partners for peace. But lasting tyranny can be consigned to history’s dustbin if the free world stays true to its ideals. The question is not whether we have the power to change the world, but whether we have the will to move beyond Right and Left and start thinking about right and wrong.

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Quotes & Awards

  • The Case for Democracy is both a rebuke and a challenge to all conventional thinking. It must be read.”

    Charles Krauthammer, syndicated columnist and winner of the Pulitzer Prize

  • The Case for Democracy is a powerful argument for spreading freedom around the world as the ultimate weapon against totalitarian societies and fundamentalist movements.”


  • “Natan Sharansky explains, clearly and cogently, the linkages between freedom and peace and between tyranny and terror…This is a brave book by a brave man—an eloquent plea for moral clarity and a fine example of it.”

    Bernard Lewis, professor emeritus, Princeton University

  • “Simon Vance presents a sophisticated and thoughtful reading. His voice is what one would imagine Sharansky’s voice might sound like: articulate, cosmopolitan, and passionate.”


Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Varmint | 12/25/2013

    " wonderful book, but based on the assumption that all people want democracy and human rights. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Matt | 11/24/2013

    " This book definitely has a powerful (and reassuring) central idea: namely, that democracy is a force for good in the world and worth spreading. Unfortunately, the examples Sharansky uses (Germany and Japan) make for absolutely poor comparisons to Iraq and Afghanistan. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Aaron Schulze | 10/24/2013

    " Natan Sharansky, the former Soviet political prisoner and Israeli member of parliament brings a unique and refreshing perspective to geopolitics. This is a must read if you are confused about how to solve the seemingly intractable problems of the Middle East. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kristen | 6/28/2013

    " This is my favorite political book. "

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About the Author
Author Natan Sharansky

Natan Sharansky, writer, former Soviet dissident, and former deputy prime minister of Israel, was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 1986 for his struggles against tyranny. He is a distinguished fellow at the Shalem Center, heading its strategic studies institute, and is president of Beit Hatefutsot, the Jewish diaspora museum.