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 20th 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.
©2017 Timothy Snyder (P)2017 Random House Audio
Timothy Snyder's book is one of the most extraordinary works I have ever encountered. Full of passion, poetry, and--above all--clear thinking--it makes the strongest possible case for understanding history as a means of interpreting and addressing the disordered world of now.
Please listen to this. Please read history. Please don't fall for the same techniques used in the past by tyrants to manipulate the population into subservience to the state. Nationalism is not patriotism. Nationalism has always led to war and atrocity. Do you really think people in Eastern Europe or Germany are stupid? They were people just like us - just as predictably susceptible to manipulation.
There is zero filler in this tight little book that shares historic facts in an objective manner. This should be taught in civics class. I guess we would have to bring back civics class first, but you get the idea.
Everyone NEEDS to read this book. In short lessons drawn from the history of the 20th century, Snyder shows us what dangers to look out for and how to resist both tyranny and helplessness. Read it and pass it on to everyone you know. It's that important.
This book is a simple, clear and necessary guide to understanding and resisting the slide toward tyranny. In today's world, it should be required reading. Snyder is an actual truth teller.
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