- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Bodley Head (2 Mar. 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1847924883
- ISBN-13: 978-1847924889
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 0.9 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,115 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century Paperback – 2 Mar 2017
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"The most coherent manifesto on confronting Trump… powerful." (Sarah Ditum New Statesman)
"Snyder’s beautifully weighted book is the perfect clear-eyed antidote to [Trump's] deliberate philistinism … Always measured in their observation, these 128 pages are a brief primer in every important thing we might have learned from the history of the last century, and all that we appear to have forgotten … You will read no more relevant field guide to that wisdom than this book." (Tim Adams Observer)
"On Tyranny is a slim book that fits alongside your pocket constitution and feels only slightly less vital... Clarifying and unnerving… a memorable work that is grounded in history yet imbued with the fierce urgency of what now." (Carlos Lozada Washington Post)
"Urgent, indignant, winningly ragged in execution, On Tyranny is in the best tradition of polemical pamphlets. Timely agitprop, it offers some relief from Trump anxiety disorder." (Lewis Jones Daily Telegraph)
"We are rapidly ripening for fascism. This American writer leaves us with no illusions about ourselves" (Svetlana Alexievich, winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize for Literature)
"On Tyranny will help you keep going for the next four years, or however long it takes." (Masha Gessen)
"He is undoubtedly a scholar of great distinction and authority… If more people follow Snyder’s injunctions to read newspapers, avoid falling for contrived online “scandals”, make friends across national boundaries and remember professional ethics then the world will indeed be a better place." (Michael Gove The Times)
"On Tyranny is [a] 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" (Ken Early The Irish Times)
"Following paths trodden by Hannah Arendt, Czeslaw Milosz and Václav Havel, Snyder has written a manifesto for surviving the political rampages of our time with our rights and freedoms intact… 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… Slim and accessible, On Tyranny is a book to read quickly, ponder slowly and pass on" (Annabelle Chapman Prospect)
"A slim volume more like a guide than a tome of historical scholarship, though Snyder drew on 25 years of research and writing" (Stav Ziv Newsweek Europe)
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Top Customer Reviews
Snyder is Housum Professor of History at Yale. I have had the privilege of hearing him lecture. Some of his books have been prize winners. Black Earth was longlisted for the prestigious Samuel Johnson Prize. He is a member of the Committee on Conscience of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.
In this work he suggests that 20 lessons from history are invaluable if we are to avoid democracy collapsing as it did after 1918. History he agrees does not repeat but it does instruct. Aristotle and Plato warned that inequality lead to instability, and that demagogues exploit free speech to become evil tyrants. He points out that regrettably the history of modern democracy is one of decline and fall.
After the Great War, Nazi, Fascist and Communist leaders usurped democratic states by propaganda, lies, false claims and violence. They used myth, in the case of the odious Stalin, to offer a socialist garden of Eden that was a mirage, while Hitler propagated murderous biological theories about blood and race to win the support of a compliant nation. History can and does warn. So far, so good.
Snyder argues that there are signs that President Donald Trump presents a serious danger to American democracy. He cites, for example, his travel bans, the Mexico wall and his association with the Klu Klux Klan. His twenty lessons are formulated to help Americans avoid this. He compares what is happening in America with the Nazi regime.Read more ›
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A succinct and highly readable reminder that our present global political context has historical antecedents.Published 18 hours ago by Amazon Customer
Brief. Articulate. Thought-provoking. Worrying in the parallels it draws between the past and present. Read it.Published 2 days ago by Thedarkknight
In the light of Trump's election, this is a very useful book, and a timely reminder of how fragile democracy is.Published 4 days ago by Mr. R. S. Eden
This is an important book! Topical, thought provoking and capable of changing the reader's perspective on life and their behaviours.Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
Easy to read. Makes for scary reading but gives me hope fascism can be fought against at an individual level. Gives positive strageties for anybody willing to listen.Published 10 days ago by CHoward
So Timely and thought provoking. A reminder that history matters and we face great but avoidable dangers. Read this book!Published 11 days ago by pfosterr1953
An urgent pamphlet on the lessons history can teach in the face of a fascist American presidency. Well worth a read.Published 18 days ago by drjonty
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