Saving Democracy: Finding the Roots of Today's Crisis to Resolve It

We live in perilous times. We've lived through other crises: slavery, the Revolutionary War, the genocide of native peoples, the Civil War, Ku Klux Klan violence, WWI and II, Japanese American internment, McCarthyism, Vietnam, the terrorist attacks of 9/11, etc. Our history tells us we came through all those, that there was a conclusion, in many cases, a victory. Yes, but. . . . Underlying causes and consequences haunt us still. They fester and break out in unexpected ways. The current crisis of U.S. democracy has its genesis in the crises of the past, as does white supremacy. The fifteen books I've chosen expose the roots of today's critical divisions. By studying them, and paying attention to what impeded resolutions, we may yet avoid disaster.
Not only the United States but other countries are experiencing authoritarian rulers. We are no longer on a worldwide trajectory toward democratic and open societies as we thought we were after WWII. Wars have exploded in Ukraine, Darfur, Sudan, Myanmar, Israel/Gaza. Three decades ago, the multi-ethnic Yugoslavia dissolved in power grabs that led to war. Autocratic leaders such as Slobodan Milosevic undertook to conquer by violence lands that would not submit to his rule. In doing so, he ignored international law and wreaked havoc on innocent civilians, using whatever means available, including genocide of Bosnian Muslims. Ultimately, human rights activists forced the creation of the first international war crimes tribunal since Nuremberg and Tokyo, and Serbian citizens deposed him and sent him to face justice for crimes against humanity, war crimes, and genocide. The international justice movement stands as a warning to autocrats who will stop at nothing to secure power. Selected books on war crimes tribunals reveal the hard-won steps toward a peaceful international order built on accountability, as well as a forum for victims to tell the tragedies that derailed their lives before the strong men who caused it.
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