Friday, December 28, 2012

The Dictator's Learning Curve by William Dobson

This book is called The Dictator's Leaning Curve, Inside the Global Battle for Democracy. This is a very interesting book about the battle for democracy and you will learn things you never would get via news. There is a review at the NY Times.

American Abroad Media Insight has an Interviewof William Dobson. This is a 9 minute video. You can see bits and pieces of speech by William Dobson at Politics and Prose Bookshop in Washington D.C. This is a 15 minute video, but it is not well done and it is a bit choppy. This P&P bookshop has a site.

There is a very good interview on PBS News Hour of William Dobson. This one is 7 minutes long. There is also a discussion with William Dobson at Roosevelt house at Hunter College. The discussion starts 4 minutes into the video and is just over 1 hour long. Interestingly, he says that violent insurgencies against dictators succeed 25% of the time (Syria) and non-violent insurgencies succeed 50% of the time (Egypt).

He talks about Gene Sharp who wrote a book called From Dictatorship to Democracy. You can download a copy from The Albert Einstein Institution. There is an article about this book at Wikipedia and article about Gene Sharp at Wikipedia.

There is a video of Q&A with Gene Sharp YouTube. It is 15 minutes long. The whole video is from the Frontline Club. This is almost 1 and 1/2 hours long. There is an interesting short film on Gene Sharp and revolution near the beginning of this video.

On my website is how to find this book on Amazon if you care to purchase it. See Dobson. Also, this book review and other books I have reviewed are on my website at Book Reviews.