Our Own Worst Enemy:

The Assault from within on Modern Democracy

In Our Own Worst Enemy, Tom Nichols challenges the current depictions of the rise of illiberal and anti-democratic movements in the United States and elsewhere as the result of the deprivations of globalization or the malign decisions of an undifferentiated "elite." Rather, he places the blame for the rise of illiberalism on a different source: the people themselves. 

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"Democracy has to do a better job of taking care of the people who are suffering." — Tom Nichols takes a look at what gave him some inspiration while writing his new book.

About the author

Tom Nichols is Professor of National Security Affairs, US Naval War College, a columnist for USA Today, and a contributing writer at The Atlantic. He is the author of The Death of Expertise (Oxford, 2017), No Use: Nuclear Weapons and US National Security (2013), and Eve of Destruction: The Coming Age of Preventive War (2008). He is also an instructor at the Harvard Extension School and an adjunct professor at the US Air Force School of Strategic Force Studies. He is a former aide in the U.S. Senate and has been a Fellow of the International Security Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

He is a five-time undefeated Jeopardy! champion, and as one of the all-time top players of the game, he was invited back to play in the 2005 Ultimate Tournament of Champions. Nichols can be found on Twitter at @RadioFreeTom, where he has over half a million followers.

More from Tom Nichols

The Death of Expertise:

The Campaign against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters

Praise for The Death of Expertise

"Timely...useful...in providing an overview of just how we arrived at this distressing state of affairs." — New York Times

"This may sound like a rant you have heard before, but Nichols has a sense of humour and chooses his examples well. His anger is a lot more attractive than the standard condescension." — Financial Times

"A genial guide through the wilderness of ignorance." — Kirkus Reviews

"Nichols expands his 2014 article published by The Federalist with a highly researched and impassioned book that's well timed for this post-election period... strongly researched textbook for laymen will have many political and news junkies nodding their heads in agreement." — Publishers Weekly

"Nichols is a forceful and sometimes mordant commentator, with an eye for the apt analogy." — Inside Higher Education

"Excellent..." — The Washington Post

"Nichols' perspective is an essential one if we are to begin digging ourselves out of the hole we find ourselves in." — National Public Radio

"A sweeping indictment of the deliberate, widespread and ultimately self-destructive devaluing of knowledge in America." — Politico

"Buy this book. And read it. Regularly." — Physics World

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