On Tyranny

Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century

Timothy Snyder,

On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century
 

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**NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER**

History does not repeat, but it does instruct



In the twentieth 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 twentieth century Europe, who saw democracy yield to totalitarianism.

In just 128 pages, Timothy Snyder delves into the past to show us what could happen in the future if our political orders become imperilled.

'A sort of survival book, a sort of symptom-diagnosis manual in terms of losing your democracy and what tyranny and authoritarianism look like up close' Rachel Maddow, author of Blowout

'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' Observer

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