On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder
Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century

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Throughout, Snyder carefully weighs his rules for radicals against historical benchmarks...Timely and essential, if, one hopes, a bit more than the present situation requires.
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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 twentieth 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.
 

About Timothy Snyder

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Timothy Snyder is Professor of History at Yale University. He won the George Louis Beer Prize of the American Historical Association in 2003 for his book The Reconstruction of Nations. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut.
 
Published February 28, 2017 by Tim Duggan Books. 128 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
on Apr 17 2017

Throughout, Snyder carefully weighs his rules for radicals against historical benchmarks...Timely and essential, if, one hopes, a bit more than the present situation requires.

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Christian Science Monitor

Above average
Reviewed by Jingnan Peng on May 22 2017

Snyder, an award-winning author of books on mass murders committed by the Nazi and Soviet governments, illustrates his lessons with examples from the two regimes, examples that open our eyes to our misplaced complacency in our current society.

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Patheos

Excellent
Reviewed by Andrew Spitznas on Apr 02 2017

Urging us to live out true patriotism and shun the evils of nationalism, Snyder is doing his best to ensure that Americans will have the liberty to vote in a new president in 2020 and beyond.

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Irish Times

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Reviewed by Ken Early on Mar 25 2017

So begins this book by the Yale historian Timothy Snyder, a specialist on eastern Europe. On Tyranny is his response to the rise of Donald Trump, although it is not, strictly speaking, about Trump, who is never mentioned by name. It is, rather, a primer in how to think historically.

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The Jewish Daily Forward

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Reviewed by Jake Romm on Mar 07 2017

As you step out into the cold, you stuff your hands into your pocket, only to feel Snyder’s book. You think about the travel ban, the incompetent attempts at political conspiracy, and remember Snyder’s lessons. You feel frightened, angry, ashamed, but also, prepared.

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https://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk

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Reviewed by Annabelle Chapman on Apr 11 2017

Snyder’s book is addressed to the American reader, but its message is broader. Read in Budapest or Warsaw, it will have an especial resonance. He does not mince words on Brexit either.

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Reviewed by Jonathan Kirsch on Mar 10 2017

Perhaps the most stirring moments in “On Tyranny,” however, are those when Snyder insists on confronting us with worst-case scenarios. The final lesson is: “Be as courageous as you can,”

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