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On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century
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On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century


An historian of fascism offers a guide for surviving and resisting America’s turn towards authoritarianism.

On November 9th, millions of Americans woke up to the impossible: the election of Donald Trump as president. Against all predictions, one of the most-disliked presidential candidates in history had swept the electoral college, elevating a man with open contempt for democratic norms and institutions to the height of power.

Timothy Snyder is one of the most celebrated historians of the Holocaust. In his books Bloodlands and Black Earth, he has carefully dissected the events and values that enabled the rise of Hitler and Stalin and the execution of their catastrophic policies. With Twenty Lessons, Snyder draws from the darkest hours of the twentieth century to provide hope for the twenty-first. As he writes, “Americans are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism and communism. Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience.”

Twenty Lessons is a call to arms and a guide to resistance, with invaluable ideas for how we can preserve our freedoms in the uncertain years to come.

Title:On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:128 pages
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    On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century Reviews

  • Lisa
    Mar 12, 2017

    “If young people do not begin to make history, politicians of eternity and inevitability will destroy it. And to make history, they need to know some. This is not the end, but a beginning.”The clo...

  • Matt
    Feb 14, 2017

    History teaches us the tricks of authoritarians. We can’t allow ourselves to fall for them.(from a recent interview with the author; worth reading!)Reading this book is imperative. You may not get a...

  • Julie
    May 09, 2017

    On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder is a 2017 Tim Duggan Books publication. As a Professor of History at Yale University, Professor Snyder uses his expertise to lay...

  • Jessaka
    Mar 28, 2017

    “People don't pay attention. And then one day there's an accounting. And after that, nothing is the same.” ― Cormac McCarthy, No Country for Old Men “Everything happens fast, but nothing actua...

  • Ammar
    Mar 04, 2017

    Timely read for what is facing the free world in 2017. A Book to show how to be different, read books, find out the truth and don't be a blind follower, because between democracy and tyranny a thin bl...

  • Paul
    Mar 17, 2017

    "History does not repeat," Timothy Snyder begins his booklet, "but it does instruct." Of course, history instructs best when mediated through capable interlocutors like Snyder, who uses his formidable...

  • Peter Bradley
    Mar 14, 2017

    Please give my review a helpful vote on Amazon - sad example of how ideology distorts scholarship.I purchased this expecting a thoughtful discussion about the...

  • Mary Alice
    Mar 04, 2017

    This is an important book for all Americans today. It treats the rise of fascism and Communism in repressive regimes throughout the twentieth century, and compares those times to the situation in the ...

  • Melora
    May 14, 2017

    Mercy. I don't know how to respond to this book without reference to the current U.S. political situation. Oh well. As Alexander Pope would say, “Fools rush in where angels fear to tread,” so on w...

  • Andrew
    Mar 02, 2017

    "The European history of the twentieth century shows us that societies can break, democracies can fall, ethics can collapse, and ordinary men can find themselves standing over death pits with guns in ...