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On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century

A historian of fascism offers a guide for surviving and resisting Americas 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 ...

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Number of Pages : 128 pages
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On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century Reviews

  • David Schaafsma



    “History does not repeat, but it does instruct.”--Snyder

    “I love the poorly educated”--Trump

    I carried this little book in my back pocket at the recent Chicago march against the incarceration of children and separation of families policy of the current U. S. administration. It’s a pamphlet written by a Holocaust historian to help us look for and mobilize against fascist tendencies. It contains twenty lessons he has gleaned from his historical study about how a well-educated and highly “developed”
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  • Amin

    برای مخاطبی دور از فضای انتخابات امریکا، چنین کتابی شاید همچو مانیفستی سیاسی خود را نشان دهد که راهبردهایی کلی اما مفید با خود دارد. نهایت انتظار اما، باید همان پروراندن پستهای وبلاگی باشد و نه اثری تحلیلی و یا حتی با عمق تاریخی. در فضای ملتهبی همچو جو پس از انتخابات هم البته چنین کتبی مخاطب بیشتری دارند تا مثلا کتاب انسانیت از جاناتان گلاوور. گرچه تصویری که از پوتین و روسیه معاصر ترسیم میکند، به مراتب مخوف تر از ترامپ است.

    ترجمه بابک واحدی خوب نبود، و برای اثری که متن چندان پیچیده ای ندارد، ضعفه
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  • Bill  Kerwin



    As Duncan Black ("Atrios" at Eschaton) phrased it a few days ago, “I veer from ‘haha Trump's a big dumdum’ to ‘oh shit we're all going to die.’” Is Trump a clown or an autocrat? A buffoon, or a despot-in-training?

    I can’t give you a definitive answer, but I am sure of one thing: for those worried about totalitarianism in the good ole USA, historian Timothy Snyder’s little book On Tyrrany is an excellent guide to what to do and what to watch out for.

    Snyder is an excellent source for such advice, f

    When the men with guns who have always claimed to be against the system start wearing uniforms and marching with torches and pictures of a leader, the end is nigh. When the pro-leader paramilitary and the official policed and military intermingle, the end has come.
    Second, “13. Pracitice corporeal politics”:
    Power wants your body softening in your chair and your emotions dissipating on the screen. Get outside. Put your body in unfamiliar places with unfamiliar people. Make new friends and march with them.
    On Tyranny is a useful little book, both disturbing and strangely comforting. I’m laughing at Trump less since I read it, and I’m less scared of him too. ...more

  • Montzalee Wittmann

    On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder is a masterpiece of what is happening now and this was written before the orange tornado. This book was based on past history and what to expect from tyranny...and boy does it match today perfect. This is one book each and every American needs to read. It is a short but power in its message. Wonderful!

  • Kevin Kelsey

    Probably the most important book you could read this year. Please read it, then give your copy to someone else to read.

  • Elyse Walters

    I had read Timothy Snyder before. I still remember that even though much of it was challenging to read - much of it gave me chills to. The book I'm speaking about is

    "Black Earth":The Holocaust as History and a Warning...published in 2015.

    And..... here again, Snyder is giving us a warning...and what's even more scary is some of the things he said in "Black Earth" give me more concern for those chills -- because I never thought those warnings would manifest in our country just two years later.

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  • Lisa

    “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 current happenings, speak to me on a personal level. That is what I have been thinking about, and working for, as long as I can remember. Learning from the past is not only a widely neglected subject in school,
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  • Ioana

    Once an avid user of GR, it’s now been a while – something creeping up on a year. I’ve been reading some, and recently the pace has increased to pre-The-Traumatic-Event levels; in the weeks to come I’ll be hoping to catch up on both writing my own reviews and catching up with what my dear friends here have been up to and reading.

    Of all I’ve read recently, I decided to make this one my first review, so as to explain my prolonged absence to those who care to read about it (which I can’t do in the
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