On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century
“We are rapidly ripening for fascism. This American writer leaves us with no illusions about ourselves.” —Svetlana Alexievich, Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature
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.
Timothy Snyder is one of the leading American historians and public intellectuals, and enjoys perhaps greater prominence in Europe, the subject of most of his work. He is the Housum Professor of History at Yale University and a permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. He received his doctorate from the University of Oxford in 1997, where he was a British Marshall Scholar. Before joining the faculty at Yale in 2001, he held fellowships in Paris, Vienna, and Warsaw, and an Academy Scholarship at Harvard.
Book Review by Bree Herron
The power behind this book will leave you with questions that you may fear the answers to. Timothy Snyder must have felt pulled to write this book,for we needed a reminder and a wake up call.
First off, this book is darling little. Like fit in your pocket. I loved carrying it around with me. Okay, now enough of me stating the look. The substance of this book is mind altering. I felt like I was having moments of clarity reading this book. I felt moments of worry, and fear though as well. We can’t forget the past, nor do we truly repeat it, however we are capable of being highly influenced from history.
This book is great one for a reader looking to spark that talk, a reader seeking a reminder of the past and the influence it can have on the future. It is a book that will shape the way you look at our modern day government.