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On Tyranny Audiobook

On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century

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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

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    A. R. S. 04-17-17
    A. R. S. 04-17-17
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    "Required reading"

    Mr. Snyder presents a succinct guide to recognizing the signs of tyrannical government and acting to counter its influences. This work is unfortunately now required reading for all citizens that hope to continue to live in a functioning democratic society.

    The book lays out, using examples drawn especially from Central and Eastern European history, the tactics that allowed and then fueled the rise of tyrannical regimes. In concrete steps, the author demonstrates how our predecessors failed to stop or succeeded in prevent dictatorial states from consolidating power. It was easy to listen to and left this writer feeling empowered to act!

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    barby s. 04-23-17
    barby s. 04-23-17
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    "Fabulous and insightful book! I hope everyone reads it!"

    It's concise, insightful, and particularly timely in today's political climate. I liked that it was narrated by Timothy Snyder himself, and thoroughly enjoyed listening to it. I will be recommending it to all my friends!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Morton Langley, WA USA 04-17-17
    Peter Morton Langley, WA USA 04-17-17 Member Since 2006
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    "Must Read"

    A critical review of our current situation juxtaposed with history of tyranny. We ignore it at our peril.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    David S. Mathew 06-07-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Lest We Forget"

    Note: Hardcore Trump supporters, this one isn't for you. Move along.

    I first became interested in this book after watching an interview with the author, Yale History Professor, Timothy Snyder. Professor Snyder explained that in drafting the U.S. Constitution, the founding fathers attempted to incorporate all the lessons of their century into the process; our author is trying a similar process with this centurys lessons on tyranny.

    This book reads like a well researched political leaflet on the rise of fascism in the 20th Century, spanning multiple countries. If I had to compare this book to anything, I'd pick Thomas Paine's Common Sense as a prime example. It's a very short read, but I'd say it's worth picking up. Plus, it's read by the author so you get to feel like you are attending Yale. If you are at all interested, I'd say check it out!

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    Kathryn 04-17-17
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    "Important read/listen"

    The author is a little monotone so be sure you have no distractions around you when listening. I couldn't listen while driving either and found walking to be the best. The meaning in his words and ideas are powerful, terrifying, and utterly important to understand. Please read or listen to this book!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Carl Rollyson Cape May Court House, NJ USA 03-11-17
    Carl Rollyson Cape May Court House, NJ USA 03-11-17 Member Since 2014
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    "A haiku of history"

    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.

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    Spencer Perry 06-07-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Written Well, But For A Narrow Audience"

    I really appreciated the stories and examples that were given in this book to demonstrate the dangers that we face today, and how the past influences our future, but as a moderate person, I couldn't recommend this book to friends that did vote for the current president, as they would likely feel demeaned. While I understand that this book was not written for those folks, I feel like the message is needed on that side of the political spectrum as well, but perhaps written in a less polarizing tone. Overall a great listen, and I really am grateful for the suggestions and stories.

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    RNC12 03-25-17
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    "required reading in today's world."

    When debating how to move forward, it's important to remember the lessons of history. Let's put the work in.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    K. Taylor 03-30-17
    K. Taylor 03-30-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Looking for clues to Why Trump? This is the answer."

    I can't imagine a more concise, readable, and important history lesson documenting a century of how nationalist governments came to power. The book culminates in the Putin connection and makes a powerful case for engagement and action. The under two hours it takes to read this offers critical clarity regarding how we got here and how to navigate the here and now.

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    enzo Astoria, NY 04-05-17
    enzo Astoria, NY 04-05-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Uses information loosely to link Trump to Tyranny"

    Gets two stars only because it provides interesting historical information. I am not a Trump fan, but the author's attempt at finding similarities between his actions and statements and fascist regimes in the 20th century is very forced. On ocasiones that author falls into the same disturbing traits that he sets out to criticize. While the title clearly states a focus on the 20th century, the author mainly focuses on WWII and Eastern Europe and misses an opportunity to link his lessons to other parts of the world and other historical events. This seems to me more like a an unedited draft sent to an editor than a finished product

    14 of 19 people found this review helpful

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