Eric Posner's "The Demagogue’s Playbook" Reviewed: "Insightful Analysis"

Review: The Demagogue’s Playbook: The Battle for American Democracy from the Founders to Trump.

Well-grounded in classical precedents, the founders were worried that their experiment in republican self-government could produce a demagogue, a charismatic leader who would gain and hold on to power by manipulating the public rather than by advancing the public good. Posner, a professor of law at the University of Chicago, contends two presidents have embodied that fear: Andrew Jackson and Donald Trump. However, this book is not all about Trump; it is an almost novellike stroll through American history beginning with the founders’ fear and ending with one chapter on Trump.

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