On Tyranny

  • by Timothy Snyder
  • Narrated by Timothy Snyder
  • 1 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

History does not repeat, but it does instruct.
In the 20th century, European democracies collapsed into fascism, Nazism and communism. These were movements in which a leader or a party claimed to give voice to the people, promised to protect them from global existential threats, and rejected reason in favour of myth. European history shows us that societies can break, democracies can fall, ethics can collapse, and ordinary people can find themselves in unimaginable circumstances. History can familiarise, and it can warn. Today we are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to totalitarianism in the 20th century. But when the political order seems imperilled, our advantage is that we can learn from their experience to resist the advance of tyranny. Now is a good time to do so.

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Insultingly Biased.

Snyder uses history to make a point about some things which seemed more likely representative of Hillary Clinton than of Trump himself. He uses the basic that Trump was all evil and hence is able to control the line of thinking that the claims he wants us to use. It provokes thought, however, it's biased.
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- Nathan

The most important book I've ever read.

I beg you to read this. A hugely important book that is short, easily digestible, with every sentence hitting a home run.
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- Sam

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-03-2017
  • Publisher: Penguin Random House