The DNA of Democracy.
The DNA of Democracy
Richard C. Lyons
9780960072330, $19.95, 416pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: Richard C. Lyons is an American poet whose new book, "The DNA of Democracy" is a compilation of historical vignettes that collectively discern the future of our democracy by rediscovering the combative, instructive, fascinating past of tyranny and democracy.
It seems that just as DNA is interwoven in every aspect of the human body, tyranny and democracy have their own historically distinctive DNA that have shaped our democracy today.
From Israel's Ten Commandments, to the Athenian Constitution, to Rome's Twelve Tables, to the overthrow of kings in England and America, "The DNA of Democracy" deftly traces democracy from its historical roots to the modern day, constructing a blueprint of what defines tyranny or democratic government.
"The DNA of Democracy" is a definitive guide that documents the struggle for power between tyrants and heroes across time and place. Chronicling the acts of tyrants which are expressive of tyranny's DNA, and the rebellions of heroes and the forms of law which are democracy's DNA--this study outlines the roots of democracies by telling the tales of tyrants who ironically gave them birth--births of rebellion! "The DNA of Democracy" also serves as a 'how to' contemporary guide on identifying the menace of a tyrant when you see one.
Critique: Impressively presented, "The DNA of Democracy" is extraordinarily informative and thought-provoking. A timely and valued addition to our current on-going political crisis with a polarized federal government reflecting a polarized national citizenry, and the democracy endangering activities of the Trump administration enabled by a seemingly impotent congress, "The DNA of Democracy" is an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to both community and academic library Contemporary Political Science collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists. It should be noted for students, academia, political activists, politicians, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "The DNA of Democracy" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $10.95) and in an audiobook format.