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Book Review

By Ambassador Mark Palmer

Introducing the first “how-to” guide for bringing democracy to the world without the use of violence:

Beyond Saddam Hussein are North Korea’s Kim Jong-il, Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei, and 42 other dictators that continue to oppress their people, threaten their neighbors, give birth to terrorists and develop weapons of mass destruction. These dictators simply cannot be ignored and allowed to remain in, and gain, power. The United States and other democratic nations have significant security and moral interests in ousting the remaining 44 dictators, but is military force our only answer?

Ambassador Mark Palmer’s BREAKING THE AXIS OF EVIL: How to Oust the World’s Last Dictators by 2025 (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., October 2003) tells for the first time the story of all the world’s remaining dictators, their vulnerabilities, and how we can remove them…in most cases without the use of violence. Ambassador Palmer designs a new architecture of international political and military power, one that focuses on bringing together the world’s democracies and democrats, and describes what individuals and non-governmental organizations can do to help open the remaining closed societies.

Ambassador Mark Palmer lived for eleven years in the Soviet Union, Yugoslavia and Hungary, and held policy positions during the Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, and first Bush Administrations as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer. One of the first venture capitalists into central and eastern Europe after the fall of the Berlin Wall, he has founded independent national television stations in six countries. He is active in promoting democracy, including as Vice Chairman of Freedom House, America’s oldest human rights organization. He lives in Washington, DC.

For more information on BREAKING THE AXIS OF EVIL or to request an interview with the author, please contact Elizabeth Coxe, Publicist, at 301.459.3366 ext. 5624 (phone), 301.429.5743 (fax), or ecoxe@rowman.com. Press kits available upon request, which include a press release, author bio, list of suggested interview questions, table of contents, and sample chapter(s).

Advance praise for BREAKING THE AXIS OF EVIL:

“Ambassador Mark Palmer’s democracy manifesto is a radical blueprint for democratic change everywhere dictators oppress their people, and an impassioned call for a foreign policy true to America’s founding principles.”—Senator John McCain

“I watched Ambassador Palmer in action in Budapest, as he helped galvanize and even march with Hungarian democrats. I recommend his book to my colleagues in the Congress and in democratic parliaments around the world.”—Cong. Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader

“Mark Palmer’s prescription for the “End of Dictatorships” is a fundamental contribution to the debate about the world’s future.”—Professor Francis Fukuyama, Johns Hopkins University

“During and after the three world wars (2 hot, 1 cold) of the twentieth century we and our allies have freed much of the world. Mark Palmer shows us how to finish the job. Bravo.”----R. James Woolsey, former Director of the CIA and Chairman of the Board of Freedom House

“Open societies provide the only basis for a more peaceful, prosperous world. Mark Palmer is at the cutting edge of change in the right direction.”—George Soros, investor and philanthropist

“Mark Palmer’s vision of a 100% democratic world is bold and important.” Governor Bill Richardson of New Mexico; former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations

“Ambassador Palmer is ‘Mr. Human Rights.’”—Ambassador Max Kampelman, former Head of the U.S. Delegation to the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe

How to Oust the World's Last Dictators by 2025
Ambassador Mark Palmer
October 2003
320 pages ♦ 6 x 9
ISBN 0742532542
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, inc.
distributed by national book network

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