I’m interested in learning more about authoritarianism, specific (arguably) authoritarian regimes (especially China, Russia, and North Korea), democratic backsliding, the possibility of stable and/or global totalitarianism, and related topics.
As such, I’d be interested in:
- people’s thoughts on which books that are relevant to those topics might be worth reading or might be worth skipping
- links to good summaries/reviews/notes about relevant books
(ETA: I'd also be interested in recommendations of online courses or lecture series on these topics.)
I imagine such a collection could be useful for other people too. I’ll also share the relevant books and links that I know about already. (One type of book I don’t already know of examples of is biographies of relevant political leaders; please feel free to recommend some biographies of that kind!)
The cluster of topics I’m pointing to is intentionally broad. If you’re not sure whether a book/link is relevant enough, please mention it anyway, and just say something about what the book/link seems relevant to.