The Road to Unfreedom by Timothy Snyder audiobook

The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America

By Timothy Snyder
Read by Timothy Snyder

Random House Audio
10.17 Hours Unabridged
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With the end of the Cold War, the victory of liberal democracy was thought to be absolute. Observers declared the end of history, confident in a peaceful, globalized future. But we now know this to be premature. Authoritarianism first returned in Russia, as Putin developed a political system dedicated solely to the consolidation and exercise of power. In the last six years, it has creeped from east to west as nationalism inflames Europe, abetted by Russian propaganda and cyberwarfare. While countries like Poland and Hungary have made hard turns towards authoritarianism, the electoral upsets of 2016 revealed the citizens of the US and UK in revolt against their countries’ longstanding policies and values. But this threat to the West also presents the opportunity to better understand the pillars of our own political order. In this forceful and unsparing work of contemporary history, Snyder goes beyond the headlines to expose the true nature of the threat to democracy. By showcasing the stark choices before us—between equality or oligarchy, individuality or totality, truth and falsehood—Snyder restores our understanding of the basis of our way of life, offering a way forward in a time of terrible uncertainty.

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Summary

Summary

An Entertainment Weekly Pick of 15 Juiciest Political Books to Come in 2018

A New York Times Editor’s Choice

Finalist for the 2018 Kirkus Prize

Shortlisted for the Lionel Gelber Prize

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of Paperback Row

With the end of the Cold War, the victory of liberal democracy was thought to be absolute. Observers declared the end of history, confident in a peaceful, globalized future. But we now know this to be premature. Authoritarianism first returned in Russia, as Putin developed a political system dedicated solely to the consolidation and exercise of power. In the last six years, it has creeped from east to west as nationalism inflames Europe, abetted by Russian propaganda and cyberwarfare. While countries like Poland and Hungary have made hard turns towards authoritarianism, the electoral upsets of 2016 revealed the citizens of the US and UK in revolt against their countries’ longstanding policies and values. But this threat to the West also presents the opportunity to better understand the pillars of our own political order. In this forceful and unsparing work of contemporary history, Snyder goes beyond the headlines to expose the true nature of the threat to democracy. By showcasing the stark choices before us—between equality or oligarchy, individuality or totality, truth and falsehood—Snyder restores our understanding of the basis of our way of life, offering a way forward in a time of terrible uncertainty.

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Author Bio: Timothy Snyder

Author Bio: Timothy Snyder

Timothy Snyder, the Levin Professor of History at Yale University, is the award–winning author of the books of history, including the New York Times bestseller Black Earth.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Political Science
Runtime: 10.17
Audience: Adult
Language: English