On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century (Paperback)

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Tyranny: cruel and unfair treatment by people with power over others; arbitrary or unrestrained exercise of power; despotic abuse of authority. In this small pocket-sized book, Mr. Snyder, a European historian, describes the fall from democracy in Europe in the 1920s and ‘30s and ‘40s. Soon fascism, Nazism, communism and totalitarianism were the rule. He asks the reader to consider history when one’s own political order seems imperiled. In twenty short chapters, the author addresses instances occurring today in America such as bullying, attacking free speech and the press, interference with democratic elections, lying officials, cover-ups by the government, and much more. He offers suggestions for individuals to combat attempts at control. Citizens need to read and study and think and speak out. Support service organizations with donations or by volunteering time. Subscribe to reputable publications. Run for office. Be heard. And, yes, even march. This little gem of a book speaks to all Americans who value democracy.

— Sandy


#1 New York Times Bestseller

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 the Author

Timothy Snyder is the Levin Professor of History at Yale University. He is the author of Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin and Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning. Snyder is a member of the Committee on Conscience of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and a permanent fellow of the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780804190114
ISBN-10: 0804190119
Publisher: Tim Duggan Books
Publication Date: February 28th, 2017
Pages: 128
Language: English