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A Discussion of Steven Levitsky andDaniel Ziblatt’s How Democracies DieHow Democracies Die. By Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt. New York: Crown Publishing, 2018. 320p. $26.00cloth.Among the many scholarly attempts to reckon with the causes and consequences of Donald Trump’s rise, few haveattracted popular attention on the scale of Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt’s How Democracies Die. Seldom do books bypolitical scientists make it onto the New York Times best sellers list, but this one has, a testament to its broad influence.Levitsky and Ziblatt situate Trumpism within a broader comparative and historical context in order to assess its similaritiesto and differences from democratic breakdowns elsewhere, particularly in Europe and Latin America. Their broadargument is that modern slides into authoritarianism are not the result of revolutions or military coups, but rather theconsequence of a steady erosion of political norms and the assault on such fundamental democratic institutio...