• On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century
  • On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century
ISBN: 0804190119
EAN13: 9780804190114
Language: English
Release Date: Feb 28, 2017
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 1" H x 6.1" L x 4.2" W
Weight: 0.2 lbs.
Format: Paperback

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Book Overview

#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

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   A GREAT EXAMPLE OF LESS IS OFTENTIMES MORE…
There are twenty lessons that can be culled from the history of the twentieth century that the author points out in this book. He talks about how knowledge can be applied to the facts and circumstances of today's world, where the current encroachments on democracy seem to be propelling the world towards totalitarianism and ensuing tyranny. The book is easy to read, with spare prose and brief chapters. The information is relevant to the point and not the least bit pedantic. There are some unflattering references to the president who was in power when this book was published, but they are spot on and grounded in history. I really enjoyed this book. It is a great example of how much is not always enough.
 
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   Preventing the Abuse of Power
The analysis takes a look back at both fascist and communist regimes and how they gained power through manipulation of the people. His main points show how to challenge the rise of tyranny in its many forms and reminds us that democracy is a fight against lies and against conspiratorial activity. The book gave several practical steps on how each of us can preserve democracy, and I liked it because it was so easy to read. He encourages us to continue to see our opponents as humans and cherishes democracy and the disagreements it allows to exist. An excellent summary of history and guide to encourage us to take an active role in seeing that America and the principles of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness continue.
 
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   One of the smallest, yet most important books of the 21st century
I bought two copies of this book. A Christmas gift for a good friend for my husband and me. It is a short, inexpensive book that is indispensable for all times but especially now. I carry ours in my pocketbook so I always have it with me and can refer to it when needed or re-read it. The book takes about two hours to read. It has practical advice for making sure you and your friends do all they can to keep your society free and open and not from becoming a fascist dictatorship before you realize. Tim is a genius!
 
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   You may think it can’t happen in the US but it can and it’s happening right NOW.
It's a must read. It's clear that the US is on a very troubling path. Everyone is encouraged to read it. If you want to be educated on how Hitler did what he did, you have to read this book, but if you want to follow and do what your told, you have to do it.
 
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   Hitler, Putin, & Trump
Hitler and Putin have done things to what Trump is trying to do. We are taught how to survive it. There is a difference between subliminally accepting that we are watching a reality show rather than thinking about real life and actually hurting the president politically. Many people have woken up to the fact that this is not a reality show, and they are voting accordingly. It is up to each and everyone of us to fix the mess that we own. Is it true that tyranny has almost taken over the US? Look at the feedback. The Germans did what these people are doing.
 
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   Hitler, Putin, & Trump
Tyranny is an especially timely book, as it compares what Hitler and Putin have done to Trump what is trying to do with the help of the American people. Once we subliminally accept that we are watching a reality show rather than thinking about real life, no image can actually hurt the president, it said. Many people have woken up to the fact that this is not a reality and they're voting accordingly, he said. Because as the author says, "We own this mess," it's up to each and everyone of us to fix it. Do you want to know how true is that tyranny has almost taken over the United States? The feedback is nasty, said Blair. These people are doing exactly what the Germans did, which is attacking us.
 
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   Something every TRUE American should read
The need for this book can't be overstated in an age where all we see on TV or the news is a bunch of neofascists who tell us we're now in some sort of glory days. The author outlines how democracy dies and tyranny takes over in easy to read chapters. The evil of dictatorship causes the noose to tighten around societies' necks. All we were taught to believe in as Americans is on the line. This book is good to read.
 
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   A Quick Read on How to Combat Authoritarianism
A quick guide to specific actions anyone can do to be aware and involved in a variety of levels of civic discourse to combat authoritarianism. I would like to know why the author recommended certain books. It would be useful to have citations of events in the book, although I had read several items in the book in other books that did not list citations.
 
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   Unsourced Allegations Passed Off as Truth
There wasn't anything I liked. The book was written as an indictment of the Trump campaign. The name Trump never appears. Data is put forward without citation of source. There are claims of wrong doing. No sources again. It ignores the fact that many of the charges could easily be leveled against Democrat politicians. He says that the less popular party controls the majority of state houses. Less popular, so much more. I think I paid about a buck for the book on Amazon. I was overcharged. Absolutely rubbish.
 
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   Unsourced Allegations Passed Off as Truth
There was nothing I liked about it. The book was written as an indictment of the president. Nor does the name Donald Trump appear on the tax returns. Data is not cited by the author. Rush Limbaugh said on his program that the claims are wrong. There was no immediate response from the CIA. It contains nothing of substance and ignores the fact that many of the charges made against Mr. Kennedy could easily be levelled against Democrat politicians. Mr. Daschle talks of the less popular party then goes on to say that this party controls the majority of state houses. Less popular? I was overcharged, Mr. Caramore said.
 
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