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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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    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.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    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!

    4 of 5 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.

    4 of 5 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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    Garrick Bartlett 05-20-17
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    "Biased left wing tripe"

    As the title indicates, the author attempts to paint republicans as nazis while ignoring the left wing authoritarianism that has reared its ugly head over the last twenty years. The book would have been tolerable if the author had used objective truth to address our general move towards authoritarianism on both the right and left wing. A government should not have a monopoly on violence. Governments rule by consent of the governed. When a government has an absolute monopoly on violence then the people are its subjects. I found it hilarious that after bringing up numerous examples of past movements that led to tyranny, the author failed to see the obvious correlation towards the republican-democrat war for power. Do not buy this book.

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    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!

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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!

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    Rjn19 03-25-17
    Rjn19 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.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    SadieBug 03-08-17
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    "Must read/listen. Please! Be a patriot."

    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.

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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

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful

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