#1 New York Times Bestseller • A historian of fascism offers a guide for surviving and resisting America's turn towards authoritarianism.
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.
On Tyranny 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.
"Mr. Snyder is a rising public intellectual unafraid to make bold connections between past and present." —The New York Times
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
What can one person do in the face of growing attacks on freedom and democracy? Take a deep breath, then turn to Timothy Snyder, a Yale history professor who’s immersed himself in studying the rise of European fascism. Organized into short and easily digestible chapters, Snyder’s best-selling book explores the social and political playbook that fascist regimes have employed throughout recent history. It’s alarming stuff, but Snyder offers small but significant steps individuals can take to resist autocratic rule, such as learning how to tune out the seductive voice of propaganda. While he never plays down the massive stakes—mapping out the ramp-up that preceded the state-sanctioned mass murders of Hitler’s Germany and Stalin’s Soviet Union—Snyder is careful not to incite panic, writing in a style that’s calm, factual, and direct. On Tyranny is an invaluable guidebook for anyone interested in understanding the crucial difference between patriotism and nationalism.
Useful information compacted into a short/relatively easy read. Recommended by Jane Elliott and now recommended (by me) to anyone who doesn’t think America is treading a thin line to fascism muddled with untruth, misinformation, and the rejection of education.
A MUST read!!
Those that can’t remember the past are condemned to repeat. We can’t take democracy for granted.
For now, we are out of danger…
Dangerous times of Trump resembling beginning of nazi regime. Those that consider this an exaggeration are playing with fire. 73 million Americans voted with Trump and only 5% of population more, voted against Trump. The other factor that prevented destruction of democracy was refuse to bent the rules by judges and local politicians of the same political affiliation . Finally the absence of resolved leadership between occupants of Capitol assured failure of Trump movement. But new leaders from rows of Republicans senators looked extremely interested to continue the work of Trump. And this guys are much more clever and more energetic than the old ogre. I’m not sure we are out of the woods and only the future will show.