Summary of How to Topple a Dictator

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The best way to depose a despot is through nonviolent struggle and people power.


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Mohandas Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Lech Wałęsa: All surmounted tyranny by leveraging nonviolent people power. The Arab Spring of 2011 testified to the potential of contemporary people power. At a time when global tensions are running high, former Serbian revolutionary Srđa Popović shares the best methods for overthrowing a dictator. Change, for good or for bad, is afoot. getAbstract recommends Popović’s rousing report to the virtually connected “Generation Epsilon” striving for freedom from repressive regimes.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How people power works,
  • What skills and strategies successful nonviolent revolution requires, and
  • Why successful change rests in the hands of “Generation Epsilon.”


Before 2011, no one could have predicted the events that would lead to the downfall of several long-standing dictatorships. Yet by the end of that year, Tunisia’s Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak and Libya’s Muammar al-Gaddafi would all succumb to people power, which would also challenge...
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About the Speaker

Srđa Popović co-organized the nonviolent resistance movement that deposed Slabodan Milošević. Popović is a founder of the Centre for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies, a nonprofit educational institution.

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