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On Tyranny Audiobook

On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century

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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.

©2017 Timothy Snyder (P)2017 Random House

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    Amazon Customer Nottingham, UK 05/04/2017
    Amazon Customer Nottingham, UK 05/04/2017 Member Since 2014

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    Loved it enough that I listened through twice in a few days! I'm English and feel quite strongly that young people in Europe and America need to know more history to enable us to maintain our progressive cultures, otherwise dictators may usurp power in a way we currently feel impossible having mentally consigned fascism to the past.

    Well worth a listen, and has a recommended reading list in one chapter, so might be worth doing further research.

    Well delivered by the author with no production errors!

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    abdullahi mohamud 28/03/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Essential reading for our current age"

    An excellent, compact analysis of the lurch towards fascism in the West and what ordinary people should be doing to resist this tide. The lessons are familiar to anyone who has read any of the classic works on totalitarianism but Snyder introduces modern examples such as the Russian war against Ukraine and its attempts to destabilise Western Europe through disinformation and promoting right wing Islamophobes. Best lesson? Get off the Internet! Read a book and actually spend time talking to people outside of your bubble.

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    Dan 05/07/2017
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    "Really good, possibly alarmist"

    Love how brief it is. And has some well researched stories and quotes but also some less researched bits, but that's all forgivable.

    All good advice, but think it's likely alarmist. Let's hope I'm right.

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    "Essential Reading"

    Essential reading for our time. The road to tyranny is slippery, comfortable and hard to reverse direction on.

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    "Terrific short non-fiction! "

    Quick and easy. A great wake up call on our perception of and relationship with power. Was extra nice that it was read by the author

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    A short, punchy and on point fly through of the comparisons to be found between previous falls of democracy and the direction of the west's current politics.

    Found so much to agree with, and have taken away ideas on how to effectively combat our sleepwalking off a cliff.

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    "Please listen for this"

    An excellent short book that left me with the felling of "I need to be more active politically and intellectually" . Now I'm gonna finish the author's interview with Sam Harris on Waking Up. Actually, I would also recommend that you subscribe to that podcast.

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    Everybody in the Western world needs to read this. Right away.
    I'm going to buy multiple copies and distribute them.

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    "Lessons from history"

    Some very good pointers, however loose. The election of Trump, Brexit , the rise of the far right in France should raise alarm bells. America is a lost cause, the British should no better, the French ?..

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    "Sound historical reflection of the present moment"

    The compelling and truthful relationship between what was what is and how we all (individually and collectively) add to the next!

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    A timely reminder of how to avoid the tyranny that is now at the front door of most peoples of the world. Knocking on all its guises.

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