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The DNA of Democracy by Richard C. Lyons is a wonderful book for readers interested in understanding the origins, evolution, and intrinsic nature of democracy and its nuances. The author takes readers through a historical journey that begins from the faint idea of democracy from the time of the pharaohs through ancient Greece to contemporary democracies. In this book, the author explores the foundations of democracy, examines prominent democracies in history, and presents the factors that threatened some of them and that enabled the success of others. In this work, readers find an in-depth study of governments and the very core of democracy. It raises the question: Is democracy really democratic?
Richard C. Lyons offers readers a clear definition of government and speaks about the different forms of governments and transitions to look at the history of democracy. In the opening pages he notes: “When we speak of government, we may speak of definitions of tyranny and oligarchy, monarchy and aristocracy, representative republics and democracies. We may speak of titles: of emperors, empresses, kings and queens, potentates, pharaohs, generals, dictators and presidents.” Deeply researched and filled with historical references, The DNA of Democracy offers a fresh perspective on the idea of democracy and valuable information that enables readers to understand the historical evolution of democracy, the challenges it has faced throughout history and what the future democracy may look like. It is a critical work that comes across as a vital reference to historians, students of political science and anyone interested in the art of governance. This book is intelligently written, well researched, and filled with fascinating ideas.