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The Despot's Apprentice: Donald Trump's Attack on Democracy

The Despot s Apprentice Donald Trump s Attack on Democracy An ex US campaign advisor who has sat with the world s dictators explains Donald Trump s increasingly authoritarian tactics and the threat they pose to American democracy Donald Trump isn t a despot B

  • Title: The Despot's Apprentice: Donald Trump's Attack on Democracy
  • Author: Brian Klaas
  • ISBN: 9781510735859
  • Page: 247
  • Format: Paperback
  • An ex US campaign advisor who has sat with the world s dictators explains Donald Trump s increasingly authoritarian tactics and the threat they pose to American democracy Donald Trump isn t a despot But he is increasingly acting like The Despot s Apprentice, an understudy in authoritarian tactics that threaten to erode American democracy Whether it s attacking the pressAn ex US campaign advisor who has sat with the world s dictators explains Donald Trump s increasingly authoritarian tactics and the threat they pose to American democracy Donald Trump isn t a despot But he is increasingly acting like The Despot s Apprentice, an understudy in authoritarian tactics that threaten to erode American democracy Whether it s attacking the press, threatening rule of law by firing those who investigate his alleged wrongdoings, or using nepotism to staff the White House, Donald Trump is borrowing tactics from the world s dictators and despots Trump s fascination for the military, his obsession with his own cult of personality, and his deliberate campaign to blur the line between fact and falsehood are nothing new to the world of despots But they are new to the United States With each authoritarian tactic or tweet, Trump poses a unique threat to democratic government in the world s most powerful democracy At the same time, Trump s apprenticeship has serious consequences beyond the United States too His bizarre adoration and idolization of despotic strongmen from Russia s Putin, to Turkey s Erdogan, or to the Philippines Duterte has transformed American foreign policy into a powerful cheerleader for some of the world s worst regimes.The Despot s Apprentice Donald Trump s Attack on Democracy will explore how Trump uniquely threatens democracy and how to save it from him.

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    1. A compelling analysis of the dangers of a Trump presidency. Our politics have been sliding towards dysfunction for a long time but comparing authoritarian regimes where things have really gone south really highlight what could be lost with an authoritarian gorilla rattling the cage of our institutions which contain his ambitions somewhat at the moment. The description of real authoritarian regimes should keep us alert to what Trump or worse someone like Trump but abler and even more ideological [...]


    2. How is Trump a "despot's apprentice"? The term applies because he does harmful, hateful, or just useless things that no ordinary U.S. politician from either major party would ever do. He turns expectations upside-down by sowing distrust of long-respected newspapers while legitimizing small, conspiracy-theorist media. He tells his own obvious, easily debunked lies. He sows distrust of courts, intelligence agencies, science agencies, and the Congressional Budget Office. He shrugs off other countri [...]


    3. Wading through Trump's Toxic SwampA well-written, concise, and thorough critique of Trumpism. No great revelations for those who follow politics closely, but it puts the whole, sordid phenomenon in context.


    4. This book provided a lot of food for thought. The author, according to the blurb on the book, is a "fellow in comparative politics at the London School of Economics, where he focuses on authoritarianism and democracy". This book is not from a major publishing house, but the author's credentials sound good (brianpklaas/about/). The book consists of the author listing attributes of authoritarian governments which he has studied and their comparisons to what is happening with the current administra [...]


    5. Books about politics and political figures is the last thing I am usually going to read. It has become increasingly obvious that since Jan 20 it is not business as usual in our country. Our democracy, whether you want to believe it or not, is under siege and it will simply cease to exist as a democracy unless we the people stop it - hopefully before it is to late.After the inauguration, I started watching MSNBC's The Rachael Maddow Show & Lawrence O'Donnell's show the Last Word religiously. [...]


    6. After Donald Trump was elected President of the United States, I, with many others, held my breath and hoped against hope that the office would elevate the man. Sadly, there is now plenty of evidence that nothing of the sort has happened. Although the title of this book may seem like a politically based screed, the book itself, while not averse to pointing out the ways in which democracy is being eroded under this administration, is not a diatribe against President Trump but more of an examinati [...]


    7. Every aspect of this text reeks of leftist hyper-partisanship so let me break each point down Point #1. The Trump waves are the most serious threat to American democracy in modern history. Most of the main pillars upon which democracy stands firm - rule of law, the press, ethics guidelines, voting rights, election integrity, respect for independent institutions, and even a shared sense of what is true and what is false - are under attack. In the wake of public exposure on the obvious FBI's misco [...]


    8. After watching author Brian Klaas speaking on one news show after another, I thought I was prepared to read his book, “The Despot’s Apprentice: Donald Trump’s Attack on Democracy.” This book kept me up at night. It still does. The threats posed are a constant reminder perhaps best stated by Ronald Reagan: ‘If we take it (democracy) for granted rather than rallying to defend it, one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once li [...]


    9. Klaas is a highly educated expert in failed states, with expertise honed by years of experience in the field. But his book is definitely not a dry, academic treastise. It is a passionate, well-articulated plea for all of us to wake up, pay attention, be very concerned, and be more involved. Klaas' argument is well-organized thematically, focusing on key attributes that are the hallmarks of a despot. He makes his case with facts, figures, and words from the horse's mouth, sprinkled with many page [...]


    10. “You don’t know how lucky you are. Never take your democracy for granted. You won’t realize what it’s worth until it’s too late” (248)Brian Klaas has studied despotic regimes throughout the world and interviewed many of their opponents, but this quote from Mikalai Statkevich, a Belarusian presidential candidate, has stuck with him recently as he considers the strength and seemingly permanently stable American democracy.Right now, our forty-fifth president is nowhere near as cruel and [...]


    11. It's fine, I guess. I have lots of little disagreements with it here and there, because I've just gotten so far left I'm having to constantly check to see if I'm just being reactionary (and sometimes find I am). But there's this little thought-experiment in it (bit more than halfway in) that basically goes "What if FDR had been more like Trump? We never enter WWII because Roosevelt has Japanese business deals."I think there's a very, very real chance the world would have been a better place. Not [...]


    12. I admit, this is one of my echo-chamber reads: the title says it all, and Klaas details what I already think. With a few minor editorial lapses, The Despot's Apprentice is engaging and quite well written. Klaas's premise is that--though Trump is not Hitler, or Stalin, or Putin, or Idi Amin, or Tayyip Erdoğan in Turkey, or Lukaschenko in Belarus, or Duterte in the Phillipines, or Ramzan Kadyrov in Chechnya (alas! I could go on)--his political impulses are innately authoritarian, self-aggrandizin [...]


    13. A very important book for today. Written by Brian Klaas, who had reported on autocrats and dictators around the globe, the author is able to distinguish between current Trump moves and their realistic mean8ng for America’s democracy. By warning readers against going too far, he is able to point out the very realistic threats to democracy that Trump does pose. Further, he then is able to make concrete suggestions as to what we can all do to save our democracy: vote, engage in meaningful discuss [...]


    14. Klass has done his research and makes many good points. It's an interesting read, and still relevant, but I had to remove a couple of stars for 1. things that have already been proven inaccurate and 2. developments in the Trump administration are coming so fast that the book is already outdated in spots. I hope the author will consider doing a revised/updated version later, when some of the dust has settled.


    15. A much needed, and quite disturbing, study, comparing the actions and aspects of Trump's administration to those of despots and tyrants throughout history, and in particular, recent years. Trump comes off looking like an incompetent version of other authoritatians and tyrants--not an unexpected conclusion, but perhaps an optimistic one.


    16. Author Brian Klass has spent years visiting and documenting rights-abuses in despotic regimes on several continents. He analyzes the Trump administration in terms of action and tactics. Is Trump a despot or only an apprentice despot. Is America prone to authoritarian rule, and is this something new on our shores? Klass offers very measured reflections.



    17. Too bad that 40% of adults did not vote in November 2016, let alone at their primary which is even more important.


    18. A must readThis book made me think and research a lot of facts. Thank you Brian Klaas I will never take my birthright for granted again.



    19. This book is truthful from the point of view of a smart, honest young American who loves his country and wants the best for it.


    20. This book should be required reading for all students of political science and for all those who hold dear the ideals of American democracy.



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