Published by Tim Duggan Books on February 28, 2017
Genres: Politics, Historical, Nonfiction
An historian of fascism offers a guide for surviving and resisting America’s turn towards authoritarianism.
On November 9th, millions of Americans woke up to the impossible: the election of Donald Trump as president. Against all predictions, one of the most-disliked presidential candidates in history had swept the electoral college, elevating a man with open contempt for democratic norms and institutions to the height of power.
Timothy Snyder is one of the most celebrated historians of the Holocaust. In his books Bloodlands and Black Earth, he has carefully dissected the events and values that enabled the rise of Hitler and Stalin and the execution of their catastrophic policies. With Twenty Lessons, Snyder draws from the darkest hours of the twentieth century to provide hope for the twenty-first. As he writes, “Americans are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism and communism. Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience.”
Twenty Lessons 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.
My top thoughts:
I read this book over an extended period, in little snippets as part of my Miracle Morning routine. I really enjoyed the way Snyder was able to provide concrete examples in just the last century of pitfalls to democracy and stable society that we are currently observing happening again. It was very relevant, even if I don’t necessarily agree with every step he suggests we should take to preserve our democracy. For one, he’s clearly coming from the position of someone who enjoys male white privilege and won’t be putting jeopardizing his own safety to be so bold.
Who I think would like it:
Anyone who’s concerned about the state of politics in the United States and isn’t deluded by our current president or his ever-changing staff. This is a book that is clear in recognizing that Trump is not a good president and his presidency is a very real threat to the United States democratic future. So if you’re a Trump fan, this isn’t the book for you.
Berls Reiews ON TYRANNY by Timothy Snyder. A very relevant book for our current political environment. 4/5 stars Click To Tweet