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Author Klaas, Brian P. (Brian Paul), 1986- author.

Title The despot's apprentice : Donald Trump's attack on democracy / Brian Klaas.

Publication Info. New York, NY : Hot Books, [2017]
Location Call No. Status
 95th Street Adult Nonfiction  973.933 KLA    AVAILABLE
 Nichols Adult Nonfiction  973.933 KLA    AVAILABLE
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Description xi, 324 pages ; 20 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 259-324).
Summary 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 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.
Subject Trump, Donald, 1946-
United States. President (2017- : Trump)
United States -- Politics and government -- 2017-
Democracy -- United States.
Authoritarianism -- United States.
Despotism.
ISBN 9781510735859 pbk.
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