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Anti-Coup by Bruce Jenkins is a timely and informative account of the history and impact of military coups on democratic societies. Jenkins skillfully explores the complexities of coups, examining the underlying motivations and tactics employed by coup plotters. The book is well-researched, drawing on a wide range of historical examples to illustrate the common patterns and consequences of coups.

One of the standout features of Anti-Coup is its in-depth analysis of the role of civil society in resisting and preventing coups. Jenkins highlights the importance of a strong and active civil society in defending democratic institutions and values. He also offers valuable insights into the strategies that can be employed to counter coups and safeguard democracy.

Overall, Anti-Coup is a thought-provoking and engaging read that sheds light on a critical issue facing countries around the world. Jenkins' writing is clear and accessible, making complex political concepts and events easily digestible for readers of all backgrounds. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in understanding the dynamics of coups and their impact on democracy.

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Supporters of political democracy, human rights, and social justice have good reasons to be alarmed about coups d'état. These abrupt seizures of the state apparatus have occurred with great frequency in recent decades. Coups have overthrown established constitutional democratic systems of government, halted movements toward greater democracy, and have imposed brutal and oppressive regimes. Coups d'état are one of the main ways in which new dictatorships are established. Coups may also precipitate civil wars and international crises. Coups remain a major unsolved defense problem. This book describes an anti-coup policy focused on defense of the society by the society itself, using non-violent methods. The two basic principles of anti-coup defense promoted in this book are to: 1) deny legitimacy to the putschists, and 2) to resist the putschists with noncooperation and defiance.

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