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TWILIGHT OF DEMOCRACY: THE FAILURE OF POLITICS AND THE PARTING OF FRIENDS

Anne Applebaum in conversation with Paschal Donohoe

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03/10/2020 at 7:00pm

When politics becomes polarized, which side do you back? If you are a journalist, an intellectual, a civic leader, how do you deal with the re-emergence of authoritarian ideas in your country? When your leaders appropriate history, or pedal conspiracies, or eviscerate the media and the judiciary, do you go along with it? After the fall of the Berlin Wall, people in Europe and America celebrated a great achievement, felt a common purpose, forged personal friendships. Yet over the following decades the euphoria evaporated, the common purpose and centre ground gradually disappeared, and in its place extremism arose once more. In this book, Anne Applebaum explains why so many of those who won the battles for democracy or have spent their lives proclaiming its values are now succumbing to liars, thugs and crooks.

Anne Applebaum is an American journalist and historian. She has written extensively about Marxism–Leninism and the development of civil society in Central and Eastern Europe. She has also worked at The Economist, The Spectator and The Atlantic

Paschal Donohoe is Minister for Finance and President of the Eurogroup.

Twilight of Democracy: The Failure of Politics and the Parting of Friends by Anne Applebaum is available to order from your local library or from our festival bookseller The Gutter Bookshophttps://gutterbookshop.con/product-category/dfh20/

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