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by Jean Franýois Revel,William Byron

  • ISBN: 0385191200
  • Category: Politics and Government
  • Subcategory: Politics
  • Author: Jean Franýois Revel,William Byron
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Doubleday & Company, Inc.; 1st ed. in the United States of America edition (January 1, 1984)
  • Pages: 376
  • ePub book: 1442 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1961 kb
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  • Rating: 4.2
  • Votes: 137

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How Democracies Perish book. Jean-François Revel was a French politician, journalist, author, prolific philosopher and member of the Académie française since June 1998.

How Democracies Perish book. He was best known for his books Without Marx or Jesus: The New American Revolution Has Begun, The Flight from Truth : The Reign of Deceit in the Age of Information and his 2002 book Anti-Americanism, one year after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. In Jean-François Revel was a French politician, journalist, author, prolific philosopher and member of the Académie française since June 1998.

Jean François Revel. I found that this book contained a number important points that we may be forgetting now that the Cold War is fading into history. His brilliant book HOW DEMOCRACIES PERISH – first published in 1983 – is must reading for any who wonder why the . has been repeatedly called upon to rescue Europe from its own manifold foibles. In particular, Revel focuses on how the totalitarian Soviet government had a great number of advantages over the western democracies, and how these advantages were used time and time again to ensure small but inevitable victories over the west.

The first thing to say about Jean Francois Revel’s How Democracies Perish (Doubleday, Garden City, New York . The book is ably translated by William Byron.

It represents a profound break with the neo-Marx- ism of the Paris intellectual community, the Gides and the Sartres who, even though they might differ with the Moscow line on some occasions, still considered Marxism-Leninism to be the wave of the future. The book is ably translated by William Byron

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I discovered Jean Francois Revel quite by accident. While visiting a used bookstore a few weeks later, I found another Revel book, How Democracies Perish.

I discovered Jean Francois Revel quite by accident. Written by a respected French intellectual, it is the rarest of works, examining and condemning the reflexive and unjustified anti-Americanism found in the European and particularly the French press. In its pages, I found a chilling examination of the methodologies used to undermine and destroy free market democracies.

How Democracies Perish. The Coming Battle for the Media: Curbing the Power of the Media Elite. L'Obsession Anti-Americaine: Son Fonctionnement, Ses Causes, Ses Incon. Le regain démocratique. Return to Greatness: How America Lost Its Sense of Purpose and What It Needs to Do to Recover It. Alan Wolfe. by. Revel, Jean François.

Jean-François Revel (born Jean-François Ricard; 19 January 1924 – 30 April 2006) was a French journalist, philosopher, and a member of the Académie française from June 1998 onwards

Jean-François Revel (born Jean-François Ricard; 19 January 1924 – 30 April 2006) was a French journalist, philosopher, and a member of the Académie française from June 1998 onwards. A socialist in his youth, Revel later became a prominent European proponent of classical liberalism and free market economics.

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Brakree Brakree
As an astute observer and a socialist apostate who lived in the heart of Western Europe throughout WWII and the ensuing Cold War, Jean-Francois Revel was uniquely qualified to assess European political developments during the Cold War. His brilliant book HOW DEMOCRACIES PERISH – first published in 1983 – is must reading for any who wonder why the U.S. has been repeatedly called upon to rescue Europe from its own manifold foibles. With biting sarcasm that belies his underlying contempt for European sociocommunists in general and Western European politicians in particular (“Our diplomats once more found a way to act against our honor and our interests.”), Revel lays bare their collective hypocrisies, incompetence and political impotence in trying to reconcile their love affair with sociocommunism and their fear of soviet domination. He chronicles how time after time Western European so-called “statesmen” were cowered and duped by the soviets into acting against their own interests. Along the way, he also notes how the cupidity of international financial and corporate interests undermined U.S. efforts to curtail soviet expansionism, and he leaves no doubt that the Cold War was won by the U.S. in spite of its so-called “European allies.” Submerged as he was in European impotence and sociocommunist group think and not anticipating the emergence of a U.S. resurgence during the Reagan administration, Revel failed to anticipate the sudden collapse of the former Soviet Union, but his indictments of sociocommunism are as valid today as they were when he first made them. With Communist China now an even greater threat to international peace and stability than the Soviet Union ever was, Revel’s insights make it indelibly clear that the U.S. is alone in its fight against international communist expansionism and certainly cannot depend on its so-called “allies.” Consequently, HOW DEMOCRACIES PERISH should be required reading for all U.S. politicians and government officials, as well as every patriotic U.S. citizen.
Kekinos Kekinos
Dr Revel has written several books about the slide of socialism to despotism. His work is particularly interesting because he is a committed member of the political left. Dr Revel explores the history of socialist parties, socialist activists and the outcome of their efforts as well as their unwillingness to condemn even the obvious evils of any system which describes itself as socialist. He argues that the left must figure out how to sustain the productivity of capitalism while ensuring and developing social programs. His books are compelling.
Hudora Hudora
This book is an older examination of the failures of democracies. In this day, its topic is timely and provocative.
Zeks Horde Zeks Horde
Revel is an author that too few people know...worth the read, somewhat scary in its prophesy but I really believe this should be on a best seller list!
Cordann Cordann
As described and promptly shipped
Bedy Bedy
WOW, very interesting and has information pertinent to today. When I wrote my book "In Plain English" I did not have know this existed but we certainly have very similar ideas on the problems we presently have are not so different than those circa this book.
Cheber Cheber
This book was excellant. I enjoyed the contrary veiws. Having a contrary thought every now and then is very refreshing. Like his other book, Totalitarian Temptation, this one gives a lot of thought on the problems that liberty, freedom and equality bring. I recommend it for debate, high school and college, and suggest it to anyone who feels that no government is perfect. It tends to be wordy, but that almost makes it better, or at least, gives many different ways to interpet his ideas. His arguements at first appear opposite of American beleifs, but if you really concentrate and want to read it, it will give you an excellant understanding of goverment.
I found that this book contained a number important points that we may be forgetting now that the Cold War is fading into history. In particular, Revel focuses on how the totalitarian Soviet government had a great number of advantages over the western democracies, and how these advantages were used time and time again to ensure small but inevitable victories over the west. Most important were the Soviet's abilities to avoid media coverage of, and internal and external criticism for, its acts; its ability to embark on courses of actions which are not politically expedient, but will bear fruit decades hence; and its ability to be the aggressor.
Such advantages lead the Soviets to a number of small victories over the fifty-year war. Revel correctly pointed out that the west really had few victories over the Soviets before the communist economy finally crumbled a decade ago. For example, the Cuban missile crisis and the Korean war were merely draws for the west, precisely because everything returned to how it was before. Yet Vietnam and Poland were clear victories for the Soviets.
This is a solid work that accurately points out some of the weaknesses of democracies when fighting against totalitarians, and just how close we came to losing the struggle against communism.