On Tyranny

On Tyranny

Twenty Lessons From the Twentieth Century

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#1 New York Times Bestseller • A historian of fascism offers a guide for surviving and resisting America's turn towards authoritarianism.

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.

On Tyranny is a call to arms and a guide to resistance, with invaluable ideas for how we can preserve our freedoms in the uncertain years to come.

"Mr. Snyder is a rising public intellectual unafraid to make bold connections between past and present." —The New York Times

Baker & Taylor
Offers twenty lessons drawn from the rise and fall of authoritarian dictatorships in the twentieth century for dealing with threats to democracy, ethics, and social norms now.

Publisher: New York :, Tim Duggan Books,, 2017
ISBN: 9780804190121
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Songwriter2898
Jul 15, 2019

This book presents an excellent overview of the mentality of dictators, fascist leaders and their strategies for political manipulation throughout world history, as it relates to today in the U.S..
I never could have imagined fascism entering the United States. We're a democracy, right?
Yet, through clear warning signals, supported by historical facts, the process of how fascism comes knocking on a nation's door, is explained clearly and concisely, at a time when so much of what we see is unclear, unsettling and confusing, by design. It also helped to understand how we, as a nation, can naively, miss the danger signs, until it's too late.

20 Lessons from the Twentieth Century is a "How-to-Survive" book in the truest sense of the word.

A quick, worthwhile and valuable read.

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johnulee
Jun 19, 2019

Delivers as promised, short, concise and to the point... a primer on the lessons that history has blatantly laid bare as to how to stay out of the s**t as we try to move forward... must read for ANY voter (especially those who haven't voted and those who lean to the right)

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voisjoe1_0
May 29, 2019

Mid to late 20th century students intensively learned about the tyranny of 20th century autocrats of Europe (the Fascists and Communists dictatorships of Germany, Italy, and Russia especially, but also the dimwitted monarchs such as the Czars, Austro-Hungarians, etc.) that led the world into two disastrous world wars. These events are no longer taught to today's youth so they go about not voting or voting for such dimwits like Trump, La Penn, etc. because they don't have any knowledge about what kind of disastrous world towards which this type of ignorance will lead us. Hopefully, enough of today's millennials will read this and wake up in time for the 2020 election.

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Boych2018
Feb 18, 2019

Good advice for anyone living in a democracy and who is interested in keeping it that way. I've rated it a four star read not five because the author appears to suffer from TDS and therefore hasn't followed his own suggestions.

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newdog
Jan 21, 2019

I agree with Rachel Maddow, this is a must read for those who care about what is happening to our country!

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AQUILEA777
Dec 12, 2018

In April, 2017, author Snyder declared that Trump would stage a coup to overthrow democracy in less than a year. See Wikipedia and first comment here, posted April 2, 2017, by Trump-hater "naturalist". So much for Snyder's truthfulness and good sense. Any kind of foolishness is accepted and admired at Yale and the among the Trump-hating faithful here.

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BlueHippo
Dec 11, 2018

Should be required reading for everyone-especially high school and college students. Too bad the people who most need to read it probably won’t. These are the same people who have no understanding of or interest in history and who think that politics and elections don’t matter to them. By the time they realize they DO matter, it will be too late.

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richibi
Nov 07, 2018

the 20 Commandments of Democracy, if you're at all interested in your political future

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andymacmac
Oct 31, 2018

'On Tyranny' is an excellent book. It is something we should all read to help us navigate the stormy waters of the political climate that we find ourselves in at present. By paying attention, we may be able to avoid the mistakes of the past and protect ourselves from falling into the traps that history tells us are so dangerous that they could destroy our value systems and take away our freedom.

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BookEMonster
Sep 17, 2018

This is a great book, and I wish it was required reading. Not just in this country, but everywhere. Some of it gets a little abstract, and I wish the writing was a little more direct, and less academic, but it is an excellent resource in guarding against tyranny, and a great handbook when one is living under tyranny.

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mamabadger56
Apr 18, 2018

Since in the age of the internet we are all publishers, each of us bears some private responsibility for the public's sense of truth.

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mamabadger56
Apr 18, 2018

Modern tyranny is terror management. When the terrorist attack comes, remember that authoritarians exploit such events in order to consolidate power. The sudden disaster that requires the end of checks and balances, the dissolution of opposition parties, the suspension of freedom of expression, the right to a fair trial, and so on, is the oldest trick in the Hitlerian book. Do not fall for it.

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mamabadger56
Apr 18, 2018

People who assure you that you can only gain security at the price of liberty usually want to deny you both.

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mamabadger56
Apr 18, 2018

Our appetite for the secret, thought [political writer Hannah] Arendt, is dangerously political. Totalitarianism removes the difference between private and public not just to make individuals unfree, but also to draw the whole society away from normal politics and toward conspiracy theories. Rather than defining facts or generating interpretations, we are seduced by the notion of hidden realities and dark conspiracies that explain everything.

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mamabadger56
Apr 18, 2018

Protest can be organized through social media, but nothing is real that does not end on the streets. If tyrants feel no consequences for their actions in the three-dimensional world, nothing will change.

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mamabadger56
Apr 18, 2018

Post-truth is pre-fascism.

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mamabadger56
Apr 18, 2018

"Professions can create forms of ethical conversation that are impossible between a lonely individual and a distant government. [...] Professional ethics must guide us precisely when we are told that the situation is exceptional. Then there is no such thing as 'just following orders'."

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shayshortt
Jul 21, 2017

The mistake is to assume that rulers who come to power through institutions cannot change or destroy those very institutions.

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Jul 21, 2017

In On Tyranny, Yale History professor Timothy Snyder offers twenty principles for resisting authoritarian government, drawing cautionary examples from twentieth century European history. It grew out of a Facebook post Snyder made in the aftermath of America’s 2016 election. In it, he attempts to bring his wide knowledge of European history, and the collapse of democracies, to bear on the current political moment.

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