President Trump holds a Bible in front of St. John's Church outside the White House grounds. Peaceful protestors were cleared so he could make the short walk.

President Trump holds a Bible in front of St. John's Church outside the White House grounds. Peaceful protestors were cleared so he could make the short walk.

The New Yorker’s Masha Gessen knows a lot about autocratic rule. While living in Moscow, Gessen had a front row seat to Vladimir Putin’s power grab – and documented his slide into authoritarian rule in articles and an award winning book.

By 2016, Gessen had returned to the U.S. and was startled to see a newly elected leader with similar tendencies.

In a new book, “Surviving Autocracy,” Gessen retraces the last three years through that lens – and finds plenty to worry about – but also hope for our democracy.

Guests

  • Masha Gessen Columnist, The New Yorker

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