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On Tyranny

Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century
Lu par : Timothy Snyder
Durée : 1 h et 47 min
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Number one New York Times Best seller

A historian of fascism offers a guide for surviving and resisting America's turn towards authoritarianism.

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 20th 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. 

On Tyranny is a call to arms and a guide to resistance, with invaluable ideas for how we can preserve our freedoms in the uncertain years to come.

"Mr. Snyder is a rising public intellectual unafraid to make bold connections between past and present." (The New York Times)

©2017 Timothy Snyder (P)2017 Random House Audio

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  • Egn
  • 22/06/2020

Important to listen

Very informative and important text. And a MUST READ!!!

Nevertheless, it’s missing a part of the story. The United States of America have helped many countries (Indonesia, Bolivia, Peru, Venezuela, Israel, Egypt, Hungary, Poland...) into subverting their own democratic systems... as imperfect as those were for many of them... and, many times, it happened before DJT... and then it has been accelerated under him. The Eastern European revolutions against communism must not be considered as panacea...

The intention of the book is laudable, but its blind spots will be exploited to justify both the failings of newly liberated democracies and the arguments pointing at those failings to say “why bother? it was for naught...”

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  • Darwin8u
  • 19/11/2018

History does not repeat, but it does instruct.

Dr. Snyder, the Levin professor of history at Yale, delivers a short and powerful primer on resisting fascism/tyranny in the 21st Century, using the rise of fascism in 20th Century as a guide. In easily digestible chapters (twenty, obviously) Snyder seeks to use lessons from the rise of Fascism (and Totalitarianism) to assist readers in this current moment globally. We are seeing the rise of Nationalism. It isn't meant to be comprehensive, but more of a hornbook for resisting movements away from democracy and towards fascism. It is also meant to highlight early signs of tyranny in government and media.

I enjoyed all the chapters, and like in a nice restaurant with small portions, my major complaint was I was still hungry when I finished. While there are 20 ideas/lessons/chapter, the book really has a couple of themes. One is community: defend and participate in it. Another is language and truth: seek it, pay for it, respect it. Another is taking a risk: stand up, or at a minimum, do not surrender to the crowds or lazy thinking. Finally, and this makes sense, one is historical: understand that history is not inevitable or mythical. We need to understand things DO happen and we CAN impact the future. The individual chapters (small lessons) included in the book are:

1. Do not obey in advance.
2. Defend institutions.
3. Beware the one-party state.
4. Take responsibility for the face of the world.
5. Remeber professional ethics
6. Be wary of paramilitaries.
7. Be reflective if you must be armed.
8. Stand out.
9. Be kind ot our language.
10. Belive in truth.
11. Investigate.
12. Make eye contact and small talk.
13. Practice corporeal politics.
14. Establish a private life.
15. Contribute to good causes.
16. Learn from peers in other countries.
17. Listen for dangerous words.
18. Be calm when the unthinkable arrives.
19. Be a patriot.
20. Be as courageous as you can.

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  • Kathryn
  • 17/04/2017

Important read/listen

The author is a little monotone so be sure you have no distractions around you when listening. I couldn't listen while driving either and found walking to be the best. The meaning in his words and ideas are powerful, terrifying, and utterly important to understand. Please read or listen to this book!

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  • A. R. S.
  • 17/04/2017

Required reading

Mr. Snyder presents a succinct guide to recognizing the signs of tyrannical government and acting to counter its influences. This work is unfortunately now required reading for all citizens that hope to continue to live in a functioning democratic society.

The book lays out, using examples drawn especially from Central and Eastern European history, the tactics that allowed and then fueled the rise of tyrannical regimes. In concrete steps, the author demonstrates how our predecessors failed to stop or succeeded in prevent dictatorial states from consolidating power. It was easy to listen to and left this writer feeling empowered to act!

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  • Rebecca
  • 15/12/2017

This is trash; don’t waste your time.

This is ignorant drivel is designed to further distance yourself from Trump, his presidency and his policies. Not that you need to support Trump, but this garbage can be found for free on any TV station you prefer to watch or newspaper-websites you prefer to read. If you hate him, you agree already; if you don’t, you probably won’t even after listening to this.

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  • George Gambert
  • 17/10/2017

Thoughtful actions for our current political troubles

An excellent book. All citizens everywhere should read it and think about how we all are responsible for the current and future situations of our countries. It points out important things we can learn from the rise of fascism and nazism in the past and how we can act now to try to prevent them from taking hold now and doing away with our democracy. Very worth reading, thinking about, discussing and acting on.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12/10/2018

Wwg1wga

propaganda! he is doing what he warns against. Projection in it's purest form. Enjoy the show!

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  • Jorge Santos
  • 09/06/2017

Impressively concise and well organized

Snyder does a great job of connecting 20th century precedents to 2016 tendencies/possibilities in US politics without jargon or excessive detail (if you're a history junkie, you'll have to read another of his works to get the detail-heavy approach). A very accessable text, and well narrated by the author.

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  • Mai
  • 08/06/2017

Haven't given up on the democratic experiment?

Activists, patriots, small-d democrats looking for a manual: here's the best guide I've found to the resistance.

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  • Peter Morton
  • 17/04/2017

Must Read

A critical review of our current situation juxtaposed with history of tyranny. We ignore it at our peril.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 06/06/2018

upcoming tyranny?

Reminder of political tricks and changes that can lead to a tyranny. point: beware and do something. do not be a bystander.

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  • Florian Wicher
  • 06/06/2017

A short but great read!

An educating and inspiring call to political action in the age of populists like Trump, Le Pen etc.

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  • Eduardo
  • 11/06/2020

Every person should hear these arguments.

The essay left a deep impression. It is not that I learnt new facts. It is that the author manages to show how close we are to the abyss, how important it is that we wake up.

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  • Denny
  • 30/09/2019

Ein Muss. Sollte

Pflichtlektüre in Schulen werden. Für alle, denen Demokratie am Herzen liegt. Für alle, die besorgt sind..

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  • Matthias Mayer
  • 24/10/2017

very uninformed. Not worth reading.

This is just awfull. Unless you don't know anything about european history this is not worth reading.

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