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Rory Cormac's How to Stage a Coup is an entertaining critique, not a how-to manual

By Brendon O'Connor, Associate Professor in American Politics at the United States Studies Centre, University of Sydney
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In Katie Kitamura’s brilliant novel Intimacies (2022), the story of a former African dictator being tried in the International Criminal Court, there is a summary of the case against the accused:

The national electoral commission and outside observers called the election in favor of the accused’s opposition. The accused refused to cede power […] He then indulged in some creative accounting, nullifying the votes in districts where his opponent polled strongly, ordered the army to close…The Conversation

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