For anyone who fears the U.S. is dangerously close to becoming a fascist state, On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from The Twentieth Century (Penguin Random House) will both validate your suspicions and assuage your concerns in one concise book.
Author Timothy Snyder, a Professor of History at Yale University, draws from his vast knowledge of the rise of fascism in Eastern European during the first half of the Twentieth Century to make historical comparisons to alarming current events. He also offers practical advice, in no uncertain terms, about ways in which we can, and must, prevent history from repeating itself.
Mr. Snyder is a rising public intellectual unafraid to make bold connections between past and present. The New York Times
For those among us who are unaware of the perils of tyrannical rule, this book should serve as a red flag warning that bears heeding. As a scholar of history and author of numerous books on fascist regimes of Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union, as well as the rise of fascism in modern Europe, Snyder pens this handbook from the vantage of an authority on the topic. In his words:
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.
Compact, well-organized and eloquently written, On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from The Twentieth Century is a must read and this week’s Editor’s Pick!
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