Title: The Case for Democracy: The Power of Freedom...
Publisher: Public Affairs, New York
Publication Date: 2004
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: First Edition
First edition, stated; first printing, full number line. Inscribed and signed by the author on the front endpaper: "To Michael / with best wishes / N Sharansky." Book is square and unmarked; corners sharp, tail of spine bumped. The dust jacket is not price-clipped (original price $25.00); light edgewear at head of spine. Brodart protected. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 005078
Synopsis: One of the leading figures in the Soviet human rights movement who became a major political voice in Israel writes about democracy, about which he has earned the right to be passionate.. Natan Sharansky believes that the truest expression of democracy is the ability to walk into the middle of a town square and say whatever you like without fear of arrest or imprisonment. He should know. A dissident in the Soviet Union Sharansky was jailed for nine years for asserting his right to speak freely. During that time he reinforced his moral conviction that democracy above all others was a political virtue to be protected and enhanced, whatever the circumstances. It is a prerequisite for civilized society. Since his release and emigration to Israel in 1986 Sharansky has been a deputy prime minister of the Knesset, leading the party of Russian immigrants, and is now minister for Jerusalem. He has been pilloried by those who say he has been a disappointment as a liberal activist. He says he has been as consistent as he has been stubborn: tyranny, whether in the Soviet Union or the Middle East, must always be made to bow before Democacy. For Sharansky, drawing on a lifetime of experience of democracy and of its absence, politics is no longer a matter of left and right but of right and wrong. Politics must face up to moral responsibility and make hard choices: it must determine what matters most. And for Sharansky, it is only democracy that can safeguard the wellbeing of societies.This is a passionately argued book from a man who carries supreme moral authority to make the case he does here: that all rights and freedoms stem from democracy. With it robustly in place, societies will thrive and nations should be respected. Its absence is a fatal moral flaw that cannot be ignored. His argument is sure to stir controversy on all sides; his opinions will be studied at the highest levels of government policy making; this is arguably the next great issue of our times.
About the Author: Natan Sharansky is a former Soviet dissident and political prisoner who has spent his life championing democracy and freedom. For his courageous struggle against tyranny, he was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal of Freedom. As a politician in Israel for the past nine years, he has served in different Israeli governments, holding various positions, including deputy prime minister. Also the author of memoir called Fear No Evil, he is currently minister for Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs. He lives in Jerusalem with his wife Avital and daughters Rachel and Chana.
Ron Dermer was born and raised in Miami Beach, Florida. He holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business, and from Oxford University. He has worked in Israel as a political consultant for the last eight years and is a former columnist for the Jerusalem Post. He lives in Jerusalem with his wife Rhoda and their son Mayor.
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