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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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    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!

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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!

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

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    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!

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    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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    "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.

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    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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    "Only halfway through 📕"

    So far Timothy, before I ever started listening to this book, I loved it! I am only halfway through but it's really, really good.

    One thing I'm super grateful for is that -> I can send it to somebody for free, as their first audiobook.

    They are a hard-core Trump fan and a now-evangelical ex-Reverend from the Anglican or Episcopal church.

    I think because it's historical and talks about principles more than Trump himself – I *believe* that he has more clarity of mind more than most Pro-Trump people and so I'm really hoping 🤞 and 🙏 praying that this will reach him.

    Thank you so so much for putting down on paper all of the experience and knowledge that you've held for many years. You may have written it -> in response to Trump being elected. But as you know, this will stand the test of time.

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    This read was an eye opener. The link between the past and the present made me think of the fragility of the future of our beloved USA.

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    I learned much of what the author spoke in school. This is a must read book. It speaks of our future and if we do nothing our history

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