On Tyranny - Timothy Snyder

On Tyranny

By Timothy Snyder

  • Release Date: 2017-02-28
  • Genre: Politics & Current Events
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 164 Ratings)
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    #1 New York Times Bestseller

    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.


    • tinfoil hat brigade manifesto

      By Gregoire2125
      Reads like a rushed blog rant bursting with bad analogies . "communism and fascism were a direct response to globalization " . Really? Lenin's rise had nothing to do with Russia being decimated in WWI ? " extremely thin discussions on the factors in place that helped fuel the rise of actual tyrants . This is mandatory reading for the tinfoil hat brigade. For everyone else that is my part of the problem , you can save your money .
    • Must Read for Everyone

      By RTjames
      This book displays in a coherent and concise manner the importance of identifying tyrannical processes that can corrupt democratic institutions and ruin the lives of citizens. It is a must read for any student and all who believe in democracy.
    • A Primer

      By aaronleopold
      A quick guide to help in understanding the mechanisms of fascism, but from the perspective of a resistor. This book is timely, yet will outlast the current moment - a compilation of learnings from the success of early 20th century European fascists, this is a great primer on the history and how to resist a similar slip.
    • On Tyranny

      By Keith Ellison
      I have been recommending On Tyranny to everyone who will listen. It's short, digestible, and yet weighty. I have plucked out sections and talked with folks for hours with people about each of them. It is not alarmist to be really concerned about this moment in American history. We could slip, fall, migrate, or whatever into tyranny. It seems the ingredients are there. On Tyranny shines a light, offers a warning.
    • Timely read

      By Chico33
      Usually the 5 star ratings help me to decide if I'm interested in a book to read. In this case it was the one star ratings. Comparing Trump to Hitler! How dare they!
    • What a fantastic read

      By Asya1
      Very important book.
    • Excellent resource

      By Gino G
      While I may not agree with all of the author's conclusions, he makes some really good points. I think there are some principals all Americans share and the fight against tyranny is certainly one of them.
    • On Tyranny

      By Beruit
      This book is not a "not my president" manifesto. It is a plea to reasonable discussion. Are there criticisms of the president? Yes. Are all of them unjustly, and biasedly given? No. If you are solidly in Trump's camp, welcome opening yourself up to this type of literature, in order to ground yourself in honest, well-intentioned information. Please do not disregard this as just a Trump-Hitler comparison. It is much more than that. In fact, the reason I --- a person who respects this book immensly --- only give this four stars is because I feel the author could have done away with some of the more personal attacks on Trump's "politics". However, do not let this turn you away! There is so much wisdom to mine from this book. Read it, and try to honestly form your worldview in light of the facts presented. Research, if you can, what you find to be questionable. Don't just throw it out because it presents, at times, a subject that might leave your opinions vulnerable. Read with an open mind and enjoy all the gems that, when properly examined, will hopefully produce a new generation of good, American thinkers.
    • Thought provoking, informative and tapping the beat of truth

      By Oipe
      Be sure to read this one. Don't miss it.
    • On tyranny (Snyder))

      By Steveo-coolo
      This book tells you everything you may have been afraid to know. Clear and to the point. Should be read in every household in America. Steven Gutman