On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century

By Timothy Snyder
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1.79 Hours 02/28/2017 unabridged
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#1 New York Times Bestseller 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.

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A New York Times Bestseller

A #1 Washington Post Bestseller

#1 New York Times Bestseller

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

Editorial Reviews

The perfect clear-eyed antidote to Trump’s deliberate philistinism. . . . These 128 pages are a brief primer in every important thing we might have learned from the history of the last century, and all that we appear to have forgotten. Tim Adams, The Guardian
Snyder is superbly positioned to bring historical thinking to bear on the current political scene. . . . These unpretentious words remind us that political resistance isn’t a matter of action-movie heroics, but starts from a willingness to break from social expectations. Jeet Heer, The New Republic
On Tyranny demands to be read. The Forward
“The manifesto we need. . . . Snyder detects dangerous trends in American politics that may be less visible to most citizens who cannot believe that our country, with its system of checks and balances, could succumb to illiberalism or authoritarianism. Darryl Holter, Los Angeles Review of Books
Bracing. . . . On Tyranny is a call to action. . . . A brisk read packed with lucid prose. Vox  
As Timothy Snyder explains in his fine and frightening On Tyranny, a minority party now has near-total power and is therefore understandably frightened of awakening the actual will of the people. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker
“Snyder knows this subject cold. . . . It is impossible to read aphorisms like ‘post-truth is pre-fascism’ and not feel a small chill about the current state of the Republic. . . . Approach this short book the same you would a medical pamphlet warning about an infectious disease. Read it carefully and be on the lookout for symptoms. Daniel W. Drezner, The New York Times Book Review
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
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
"Please read this book. So smart, so timely. George Saunders
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
“‘Stand out.’ ‘Believe in truth.’ ‘Be calm when the unthinkable arrives.’ A historian offers a set of twenty prescriptions for how to live under a dictatorship…Snyder carefully weighs his rules for radicals against historical benchmarks…Those committed to resistance will want to study up on them…Timely and essential, if, one hopes, a bit more than the present situation requires.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author Bio: Timothy Snyder

Timothy Snyder is the Housum Professor of History at Yale University and a member of the Committee on Conscience of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. He is the author of On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century and Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin, which received the literature award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Hannah Arendt Prize, and the Leipzig Book Prize for European Understanding. Snyder is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books and the Times Literary Supplement and a former contributing editor at The New Republic. He is a permanent fellow of the Institute for Human Sciences, serves as the faculty advisor for the Fortunoff Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, and sits on the advisory council of the Yivo Institute for Jewish Research.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Political Science
Runtime: 1.79
Audience: Adult
Language: English