On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century

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 de...

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Title:On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century
Author:Timothy Snyder
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ISBN:0804190119
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:128 pages

On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century Reviews

  • 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 another chance.In twenty small lessons Timothy Snyder, history professor at Yale university and sp...
  • 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 their hands."And from there Timothy Snyder doesn't just outline ways people can resist overbearing g...
  • 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 blue line and many are tempted to cross it. Be smart Be a rebel ...
  • 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 US right now. I have read some chapters a few times. It's scary. Twenty easy lessons. Very short. On...
  • Ed
    Mar 07, 2017
    As brilliant and important as it is short, draws what seem to be unmistakable parallels between the election of Donald Trump, his campaign, his consiglieres and surrogates and their captive media to redirect the national conversation from his glaringly obvious inability to even grasp let along carry...
  • 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 closing lines of this extended essay, divided into twenty lessons on history in its relation to c...
  • Peter Bradley
    Mar 14, 2017
    Please give my review a helpful vote on Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/review/R3PWF91...A sad example of how ideology distorts scholarship.I purchased this expecting a thoughtful discussion about the lessons that an academic can draw from 20th century totalitarianism. I was hopeful about something ...
  • 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 knowledge on the rise and fall of totalitarianism in mid-century Europe to assess what concerned Am...
  • Jessaka
    Mar 28, 2017
    “Everything happens fast, but nothing actually happens. Each story on televised news is “breaking” until it is displaced by the next one. So we are hit by wave upon wave but never see the ocean.” “The European history of the twentieth century shows us that societies can brea...
  • Ryan
    Apr 19, 2017
    Published in 2017, Snyder's short On Tyranny responds to a president who goes unnamed. There are 20 lessons here about fighting tyranny, and the best, I thought, was 18: be calm when the unthinkable arrives.But the most startling section of this book came in 2: defend institutions. It includes this ...