On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century

On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century

An historian of fascism offers a guide for surviving and resisting America?s turn towards authoritarianism. On November 9th, millions of Americans woke up to the impossible: the election of Donald Trump as president. Against all predictions, one of the most-disliked presidential candidates in history had swept the electoral college, elevating a man with open contempt for de An historian of fascism offers a guide for surviving and resisting America?s turn towards authoritarianism. On...

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Title:On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century
Author:Timothy Snyder
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:128 pages pages

On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century Reviews

  • Bill  Kerwin
    Aug 27, 2017
    As Duncan Black ("Atrios" at Eschaton) phrased it a few days ago, ?I veer from ?haha Trump's a big dumdum? to ?oh shit we're all going to die.?? Is Trump a clown or an autocrat? A buffoon, or a despot-in-training? I can?t give you a definitive answer, but I am sure o...
  • David
    Nov 17, 2017
    This is a marvelous little book about how to avoid allowing one's homeland to sink into tyranny. The book really does contain twenty short lessons, practical ways to recognize tyranny and ways to fight it. This book was written after Donald Trump was elected president. Timothy Snyder, ...
  • Elyse
    Sep 20, 2017
    I had read Timothy Snyder before. I still remember that even though much of it was challenging to read - much of it gave me chills to. The book I'm speaking about is "Black Earth":The Holocaust as History and a Warning...published in 2015. And..... here again, Snyder is giving us...
  • Peter Bradley
    Mar 14, 2017
    Please give my review a helpful vote on Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/review/R3PWF91... A sad example of how ideology distorts scholarship. I purchased this expecting a thoughtful discussion about the lessons that an academic can draw from 20th century totalitarianism. I was ho...
  • Ioana
    Sep 10, 2017
    Once an avid user of GR, it?s now been a while ? something creeping up on a year. I?ve been reading some, and recently the pace has increased to pre-The-Traumatic-Event levels; in the weeks to come I?ll be hoping to catch up on both writing my own reviews and catching up with w...
  • Trish
    Sep 03, 2017
    Snyder, a professor of history at Yale University, has written a pamphlet reminiscent of Thomas Paine?s Common Sense which was written in 1776, at America?s beginning. Snyder?s pamphlet contains twenty admonitions for us to consider as we pay attention to the political environmen...
  • Andy
    May 15, 2017
    If this is the response to creeping fascism in America, we are in trouble. (Note: for suggested alternatives see comment stream below.) Obviously, Hitler is bad. And some of the advice is unassailable (Contribute to good causes, etc.) But beyond that, the little essays that make...
  • Steve
    Apr 24, 2017
    Something short (but not sweet). Something easy to read (but difficult to stomach). Something worth reading (but not because you'll enjoy reading it). Something scary - in that it could keep you up all night (except that, if you've already decided to read it, you're already up most ...
  • Ammar
    Mar 04, 2017
    Timely read for what is facing the free world in 2017. A Book to show how to be different, read books, find out the truth and don't be a blind follower, because between democracy and tyranny a thin blue line and many are tempted to cross it. Be smart Be a rebel ...
  • Richard Derus
    Mar 24, 2018
    Rating: 5* of five Not for its perfection of style but for its perfection of wisdom and its amazing timeliness. As I write this today, 24 March 2018, I saw the face of our future president in Emma Gonzalez as she stood silent, focused, determined, at a march made by young people to ...
  • Barbara (The Bibliophage)
    Jun 03, 2017
    On Tyranny shook me. It?s supposed to do that. Timothy Snyder offers 20 concrete actions to take that can resist tyrannical behavior. Some of the actions he recommends are internal ? such as believe in truth. However, he also takes that thought process and suggests external changes...
  • Jessaka
    Mar 06, 2018
    ?He?s now president for life. President for life,? Trump told GOP donors in Mar-a-Lago?s Donald J. Trump Grand Ballroom on Friday afternoon. ?No, he?s great. And look, he was able to do that. I think it?s great. Maybe we?ll have to give that a shot some day.? Think...
  • Will
    Nov 18, 2017
    This little book was written earlier this year in response to the shocking presidential upset to the South of us, and presciently, before the even more shocking support of white supremacy became apparent. The work is subtitled ?20 lessons from the 20th Century? and the chapters...
  • Jeff Dawson
    Mar 24, 2017
    What a wonderful collection of absurd conclusions and utter hippocratic left wing garbage! I?m not surprised so many liberals are clamoring, ?You Must Read this Before it?s TOO Late!? Too late for what? The country being turned around and law and order restored on the streets?...
  • Julie
    May 09, 2017
    On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder is a 2017 Tim Duggan Books publication. As a Professor of History at Yale University, Professor Snyder uses his expertise to lay out the importance of learning from the mistakes made throughout history, and to ...
  • Melora
    May 14, 2017
    Mercy. I don't know how to respond to this book without reference to the current U.S. political situation. Oh well. As Alexander Pope would say, ?Fools rush in where angels fear to tread,? so on we go! No. Wait. On second thought, let's not be hasty! How 'bout I tell you right n...
  • Jan Rice
    Apr 14, 2018
    This book at bottom is a version of All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, But the times are out of joint, so I forgot-- It didn't all happen at once. The soil was prepared: In my time and place--maybe every time and place--confusion was sown, The way to clear thinkin...
  • Bam
    Apr 17, 2017
    I put a hold on this new book from our library system when it first came out in March and just finally got my hands on it. Either it is that popular or there are very few copies in the system. I was getting desperate and on the verge of buying it for myself. Now that I've read it, I de...
  • Michael Ferro
    Jan 19, 2018
    It's sad how timely and necessary this book is, but that's modern America. We live in a broken country gone hog wild on greed. A book like this can help change that. No matter your politics, fascism and authoritarianism arise when we're looking another way, distracted, numb to history....
  • Ted
    Nov 17, 2017
    If young people do not begin to make history, politicians of eternity and inevitability will destroy it. And to make history, young Americans will have to know some. "The time is out of joint. O cursed spite, That ever I was born to set it right." Thus Hamlet. Yet he concludes,"...
  • Kevin Kelsey
    Dec 20, 2017
    Probably the most important book you could read this year. Please read it, then give your copy to someone else to read. ...
  • Matt
    Feb 14, 2017
    History teaches us the tricks of authoritarians. We can?t allow ourselves to fall for them. (from a recent interview with the author; worth reading!) Reading this book is imperative. You may not get another chance. In twenty small lessons Timothy Snyder, history professor at...
  • Paul
    Mar 17, 2017
    "History does not repeat," Timothy Snyder begins his booklet, "but it does instruct." Of course, history instructs best when mediated through capable interlocutors like Snyder, who uses his formidable knowledge on the rise and fall of totalitarianism in mid-century Europe to assess wha...
  • Lilo
    Mar 15, 2018
    With hundreds of reviews* of this little book on Goodreads and 1,800 on Amazon, what can I say that has not already been said before? Well, first of all, I would like to say: ?Thank you, Timothy Snyder, for writing these so very necessary twenty lessons and writing them in an easy...
  • Mohammadreza
    Jan 04, 2018
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  • Montzalee Wittmann
    Jun 05, 2017
    On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder is a masterpiece of what is happening now and this was written before the orange tornado. This book was based on past history and what to expect from tyranny...and boy does it match today perfect. This is one book ...
  • Lisa
    Mar 12, 2017
    ?If young people do not begin to make history, politicians of eternity and inevitability will destroy it. And to make history, they need to know some. This is not the end, but a beginning.? The closing lines of this extended essay, divided into twenty lessons on history in its ...
  • abby
    Sep 04, 2017
    I'm going to go a bit against the grain on this one. This book is like the Tuesdays with Morrie version of political activism. Its message boils down to this: Americans are not special; if we don't actively defend our democracy, we can fall into the same trap of authoritarianism that e...
  • Cheryl Kennedy
    Sep 28, 2017
    What is patriotism? From historical examples and the current presidency, Timothy Snyder tells readers what it is not. It is not patriotic to dodge the draft and to mock war heroes and their families. It is not patriotic to avoid paying taxes when American working families do pay. It...
  • Guillermo Fernandez
    Dec 31, 2017
    Throughout the reading of 'On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the twentieth century' (Timothy Snyder, Vintage Publishing, 2017) the figure of Victor Klemperer resonates strongly. Klemperer was a humanist, philologist, and Professor of Romance Languages and therefore, a man shaped by langu...