Book of Day: Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism by Anne Applebaum

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author, professor, and historian offers an expert guide to understanding the appeal of the strongman as a leader and an explanation for why authoritarianism is back with a menacing twenty-first century twist. Across the world today, from the Americas to Europe and beyond, liberal democracy is under siege while populism and nationalism are on the rise. In Twilight of Democracy, prize-winning historian Anne Applebaum offers an unexpected explanation: that there is a deep and inherent appeal to authoritarianism, to strongmen, and, especially, to one-party rule–that is, to political systems that benefit true believers, or loyal soldiers, or simply the friends and distant cousins of the Leader, to the exclusion of everyone else.

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Book of Day: Making Sense-Sam Harris

“Civilization rests on a series of successful conversations.” ? Sam Harris Neuroscientist, philosopher, podcaster and bestselling author Sam Harris, has been exploring some of the greatest questions concerning the human mind, society, and the events that shape our world. Harris’s search for deeper understanding of how we think has led him to engage and exchange with some of our most brilliant and controversial contemporary minds – Daniel Kahneman, Robert Sapolsky, Anil Seth and Max Tegmark – in order to unpack and clarify ideas of consciousness, free will, extremism, and ethical living. For Harris, honest conversation, no matter how difficult or contentious, represents the only path to moral and intellectual progress. Featuring eleven conversations from the hit podcast, these electric exchanges fuse wisdom with rigorous interrogation to shine a light on what it means to make sense of our world today. ‘I don’t have many can’t miss podcasts, but Making Sense is right at the top of that short list.’ – Stephen Fry ‘Sam Harris is the most intellectually courageous man I know.’ – Richard Dawkins

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Book of Day: Memoirs and Misinformation by Jim Carrey, Dana Vachon

The actor’s novel, “Memoirs and Misinformation,” written with Dana Vachon, uses details from Carrey’s life and career to tell a fictional tale of apocalypse and rebirth in Hollywood (The New York Times). “None of this is real and all of it is true.” –Jim Carrey
Meet Jim Carrey. Sure, he’s an insanely successful and beloved movie star drowning in wealth and privilege–but he’s also lonely. Maybe past his prime. Maybe even . . . getting fat? He’s tried diets, gurus, and cuddling with his military-grade Israeli guard dogs, but nothing seems to lift the cloud of emptiness and ennui. Even the sage advice of his best friend, actor and dinosaur skull collector Nicolas Cage, isn’t enough to pull Carrey out of his slump. Links: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52914416-memoirs-and-misinformation