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In this riveting anatomy of the new face of authoritarianism, acclaimed journalist William Dobson takes us inside the battle between modern dictators and those who challenge their rule.

It’s not easy being a dictator these days.

From Tahrir Square to the Kremlin, downtown Caracas to the Forbidden City, we have witnessed an incredible moment in the war between dictators and democracy. The problem is that today’s authoritarians are not like the frozen-in-time, ready-to-crack regime of North Korea. They are ever-morphing, technologically savvy, and have replaced more brutal forms of intimidation with subtle coercion. But as dictators have become more nimble, so have the inspiring people who oppose their rule. The Dictator’s Learning Curve explains this historic moment and offers hope for the future of freedom.

Reviews

Timely, authoritative and as readable as a novel

Prospect

Intelligent and absorbing...Mr Dobson's book, with luck, will find its ways into the hands of people who aspire to be free

New York Times

Says something really fresh about the world we live in

Sunday Telegraph, Books of the Year

William Dobson is that rare thinker who combines a gift for storytelling with a farsighted understanding of how the world works. He is one of the best new voices writing about global politics today

Fareed Zakaria

A brilliant and original analysis of the nature of modern authoritarianism

Anne Applebaum, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Gulag

It is hard to imagine a timelier book than this one... Anyone seeking to make sense of the extraordinary tide of revolutions and protests sweeping around the world will find [this] an indispensable read

Anne-Marie Slaughter, Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University, and former Director of Policy Planning, U.S. State Department

An astute analysis

Sunday Business Post

Timely

Big Issue in the North

Fascinating

Good Book Guide

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    9780099578321

    March 15, 2013

    Vintage

    352 pages

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    9781448182558

    March 7, 2013

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    9781448138302

    September 6, 2012

    Vintage Digital

    352 pages

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