This remarkable volume focuses on one of the most exciting events of our time-the democratic revolution. In countries around the world, oppressive and dictatorial regimes have been overthrown and democracy is emerging as a possible, even likely, replacement. The distinguished contributors to this volume have been and still are engaged in that struggle, often at the expense of their careers, their health, and their freedom. Indeed they risk their own lives. The personal lively testimony of these courageous leaders is blended with a sturdy defense of democratic values.