On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century

On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century

by Timothy Snyder
On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century

On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century

by Timothy Snyder


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With haunting links to history, this is a cautionary tale of where tyranny sprouts, as well as a how-to on resistance and resilience. It’s sharp, incisive, and unfortuntely always relevant.

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A “bracing” (Vox) guide for surviving and resisting America’s turn towards authoritarianism, from “a rising public intellectual unafraid to make bold connections between past and present” (The New York Times)

“Timothy Snyder reasons with unparalleled clarity, throwing the past and future into sharp relief. He has written the rare kind of book that can be read in one sitting but will keep you coming back to help regain your bearings.”—Masha Gessen

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.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804190114
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/28/2017
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 10,820
Product dimensions: 4.40(w) x 6.20(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

About The Author
Timothy Snyder is the Richard C. Levin Professor of History and Global Affairs at Yale University and a permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. His books, which have been published in over forty languages, include Bloodlands, Black Earth, On Tyranny, Road to Unfreedom, Our Malady, and On Freedom. His work has inspired poster campaigns and exhibitions, sculptures, a punk rock song, a rap song, a play, and an opera, and he has appeared in over fifty films and documentaries. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut.

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Table of Contents

1 Do not obey in advance 17

2 Defend institutions 24

3 Beware the one-party state 29

4 Take responsibility for the face of the world 37

5 Remember professional ethics 46

6 Be wary of paramilitaries 51

7 Be reflective if you must be armed 57

8 Stand out 63

9 Be kind to our language 75

10 Believe in truth 83

11 Investigate 93

12 Make eye contact and small talk 106

13 Practice corporeal politics 109

14 Establish a private life 114

15 Contribute to good causes 120

16 Learn from peers in other countries 124

17 Listen for dangerous words 129

18 Be calm when the unthinkable arrives 134

19 Be a patriot 146

20 Be as courageous as you can 152

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