The Road To Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America
ISBN: 0525574468
EAN13: 9780525574460
Language: English
Release Date: Apr 3, 2018
Pages: 272
Dimensions: 1" H x 9" L x 6" W
Weight: 1.25 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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Book Overview

From the author of On Tyranny comes a stunning new chronicle of the rise of authoritarianism from Russia to Europe and America.

With the end of the Cold War, the victory of liberal democracy seemed final. Observers declared the end of history, confident in a peaceful, globalized future. This faith was misplaced. Authoritarianism returned to Russia, as Putin found fascist ideas that could be used to justify rule by the wealthy. In the 2010s, it has spread from east to west, aided by Russian warfare in Ukraine and cyberwar in Europe and the United States.

Russia found allies among nationalists, oligarchs, and radicals everywhere, and its drive to dissolve Western institutions, states, and values found resonance within the West itself. The rise of populism, the British vote against the EU, and the election of Donald Trump were all Russian goals, but their achievement reveals the vulnerability of Western societies.

In this forceful and unsparing work of contemporary history, based on vast research as well as personal reporting, Snyder goes beyond the headlines to expose the true nature of the threat to democracy and law. To understand the challenge is to see, and perhaps renew, the fundamental political virtues offered by tradition and demanded by the future. By revealing the stark choices before us--between equality or oligarchy, individuality or totality, truth and falsehood--Snyder restores our understanding of the basis of our way of life, offering a way forward in a time of terrible uncertainty.

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   One of the defining books to put into context America's brush with fascism!
One could dismiss the book as an alarmist wake-up call about the dangers of a slide into fascists in the US. The author was correct four years later.
 
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   Fantastic, though frightening book
The events of this decade in Rusdia are very frightening. and America. A good book.
 
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   Very Topical Book
The link between Russian and Western politics is explained in the book.
 
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   Snyder explains cogently how and why it is worse than we probably think it is.
I had a high opinion of the author. This seemed like a good choice. It was mostly, though well over half the book covers territory that will be familiar to readers who have paid attention to post Cold War politics and policies. The last part of the book is alarming. It is clear and present danger. Our current crop of dishonest, greedy, underhanded, ignorant, and anti-democratic leaders are not the only culprits. Voters enable them. I read How Democrat Die the same week as this one. Both that book and this one sound dire warnings, and I think both should be read. If you value your mental health, it's not at the same time.
 
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