On Tyranny:

Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century

  • Runtime: 1.8 Hours
  • Recording: Unabridged
  • Release date: 2.28.2017
  • Publisher: Random House Audio
  • Genre: Nonfiction/Political Science
  • 1.79 hrs2/28/2017Unabridged
  • ISBN-13: 9780525500902
"We are rapidly ripening for fascism. This American writer leaves us with no illusions about ourselves." —Svetlana Alexievich, Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature

The Founding Fathers tried to protect us from the threat they knew, the tyranny that overcame ancient democracy. Today, our political order faces new threats, not unlike the totalitarianism of the twentieth century. We are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism.  Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience.

Editorial Reviews

“Easily the most compelling volume among the early resistance literature. . . . A slim book that fits alongside your pocket Constitution and feels only slightly less vital. . . . Clarifying and unnerving. . . . A memorable work that is grounded in history yet imbued with the fierce urgency of what now.Carlos Lozada, The Washington Post
 
Timothy Snyder reasons with unparalleled clarity, throwing the past and future into sharp relief. He has written the rare kind of book that can be read in one sitting but will keep you coming back to help regain your bearings. Put a copy in your pocket and one on your bedside table, and it will help you keep going for the next four years or however long it takes.Masha Gessen

Author Biography

Timothy Snyder is professor of history at Yale University. He has held fellowships in Paris, Vienna, Warsaw, and was an academy scholar at Harvard. He won the George Louis Beer Prize of the American Historical Association for his book The Reconstruction of Nations. His book Sketches from a Secret War was awarded the Pro Historia Polonorum by the First Congress of Foreign Researchers of Poland. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut.

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Timothy Snyder is professor of history at Yale University. He has held fellowships in Paris, Vienna, Warsaw, and was an academy scholar at Harvard. He won the George Louis Beer Prize of the American Historical Association for his book The Reconstruction of Nations. His book Sketches from a Secret War was awarded the Pro Historia Polonorum by the First Congress of Foreign Researchers of Poland. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut.

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