A review of The Soviet Tragedy: A History of Socialism in Russia, 1917-1991, by Martin Malia, and Modern Tyrants: The Power and Prevalence of Evil in Our Age, by Daniel Chirot.
About the Author
Vladimir Tismaneanu is professor of government and politics at the University of Maryland, College Park. His most recent book is The Devil in History: Communism, Fascism, and Some Lessons of the Twentieth Century (2012).
A number of countries in East-Central Europe are facing a grave crisis of constitutional democracy. As their governments seek to undermine the institutional limits on their power, constitutional courts have…