The Case for Democracy

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The Case for Democracy. The Power of Freedom to Overcome Tyranny and Terror
The case for democracy bookcover.jpg
AuthorNatan Sharansky and Ron Dermer
Cover artistDavid Plunkert
CountryUnited States
PublisherPublic Affairs
Publication date
Media typePrint (Hardback & Paperback)
321.8 22
LC ClassJC423 .S495 2004
Preceded byFear No Evil 
Followed byDefending Identity 

The Case for Democracy is a foreign policy manifesto written by one-time Soviet political prisoner and former Israeli Member of the Knesset, Natan Sharansky. Sharansky's friend Ron Dermer is the book's co-author. The book achieved the bestsellers list of the New York Times, Washington Post and Foreign Affairs.

In the book, Sharansky and Dermer argue that the primary goal of American foreign policy, as well as that of the free world, should be the expansion of democracy. The book advocates a moral foreign policy based on belief in the universality of freedom and human rights. Sharansky and Dermer argue that nations that respect their citizens will also respect their neighbors. The book is sub-titled, The Power of Freedom to Overcome Tyranny and Terror. The authors express passionate and controversial arguments against any compromise on the road to freedom.

It has been read and famously endorsed by former United States president George W. Bush.[1] Other members of his administration, including former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, have also read the book.

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  • Natan Sharansky, Ron Dermer, The Case for Democracy. The Power of Freedom to Overcome Tyranny and Terror, (2004, ISBN 1-58648-261-0, hardcover) (2006, ISBN 0-89221-644-1 paperback).


  1. ^ Ira Stoll, “The Foundation of Democracy: Sharansky's 'Defending Identity,'” New York Sun, May 28, 2008, [1]

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