An urgent call to action from one of Europe’s most well-regarded political thinkers. How to Lose a Country: The Seven Warning Signs of Rising Populism is a field guide to spotting the insidious patterns and mechanisms of the populist wave sweeping the globe - before it’s too late.
‘It couldn’t happen here’.
Ece Temelkuran heard reasonable people in Britain say it the night of the Brexit vote.
She heard reasonable people in America say it the night Trump’s election was soundtracked by chants of ‘build that wall’.
She heard reasonable people in Turkey say it as Erdoğan rigged elections, rebuilt the economy around cronyism and labelled his opposition as terrorists.
How to Lose a Country is an impassioned plea, a warning to the world that populism and nationalism don’t march fully formed into government; they creep. Award-winning author and journalist Ece Temelkuran identifies the early warning signs of this phenomenon sprouting up across the world, from Eastern Europe to South America, in order to define a global pattern and arm the listener with the tools to root it out.
Proposing alternative, global answers to the pressing - and too often paralysing - political questions of our time, Temelkuran explores the insidious idea of ‘real people’, the infantilisation of language and debate, the way laughter can prove a false friend, and the dangers of underestimating one’s opponent. She weaves memoir, history and clear-sighted argument into an urgent and eloquent defence of democracy.
No longer can the reasonable comfort themselves with ‘it couldn’t happen here’. It is happening. And soon it may be too late.
"A brilliant analysis of how democracy can be starved to death. It's one of the most important books anyone could read at the moment, when public institutions are slowly being corrupted wherever we look." (Philip Pullman)
"Temelkuran, a treasure of a novelist, turns a nonfiction eye to the burning topic of today: populism. Vivid, visionary, terrifyingly familiar, How to Lose a Country is essential reading for everyone on planet Earth." (Andrew Sean Greer, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Less)
"Highly readable and vibrates with outrage." (The Times, Hannah Lucinda Smith)
Ce que les auditeurs disent de How to Lose a Country
- D. C.
Highly recommended !
It's not the first book I read from this author. Like for "the Insane and the Melancholy", I admire her insight and her courage. It was very nice to hear her voice too, but sometimes her pronunciation is a bit difficult to grasp (as English is not my mother language). Just a small problem, otherwise... Congratulations and admiration !
- Houssem Hajlaoui
A must-read if think "it cannot happen here"
A well-written tale of how turkey shifted to totalitarianism with spot-on parallels with current events. brilliant and heartbreaking storytelling.. can't recommend enough
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