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A personal and urgent examination of Fascism in the 20th century and how its legacy shapes today’s world, written by one of America’s most admired public servants, the first woman to serve as US secretary of state.
A Fascist, observes Madeleine Albright, 'is someone who claims to speak for a whole nation or group, is utterly unconcerned with the rights of others, and is willing to use violence and whatever other means are necessary to achieve the goals he or she might have.'
The 20th century was defined by the clash between democracy and Fascism, a struggle that created uncertainty about the survival of human freedom and left millions of innocent people dead. Given the horrors of that experience, one might expect the world to reject the spiritual successors to Hitler and Mussolini should they arise in our era. In Fascism: A Warning, Madeleine Albright, draws on her own experiences as a child in war-torn Europe and her distinguished career as a diplomat to question that very assumption.
Fascism, as Albright shows, not only endured through the course of the 20th century but now presents a more virulent threat to international peace and justice than at any time since the end of World War II. The momentum toward democracy that swept the world when the Berlin Wall fell has gone into reverse. The United States, which has historically championed the free world, is led by a president who exacerbates popular divisions and heaps scorn on democratic institutions. In many countries, economic, technological and cultural factors are weakening the political centre and empowering the extremes of right and left. Contemporary leaders such as Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un are employing many of the same tactics used by Fascists in the 1920s and '30s.
Fascism: A Warning is an audiobook for our times that is relevant to all times. Written with wisdom by someone who has not only studied history but helped to shape it, this call to arms teaches us the lessons we must understand and the questions we must answer if we are to save ourselves from repeating the tragic errors of the past.
©2018 Madeleine Albright (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers
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Critic Reviews

"One of the most diverting political bios in recent memory." (Entertainment Weekly)


"Her portraits of foreign leaders are lively and evocative...The result is a book that creates a sense of policy made by real people." (New Yorker)
"Madeleine Albright has written a different kind of memoir...It’s Albright unplugged." (USA Today)
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4 out of 5 stars
By ES on 04-26-18

Poor editing, but never mind

‘Chapter’ 21 and ‘Chapter’ 22 are the wrong way round on the recording. Otherwise, a timely and astute project.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 05-10-18

Fantastic book, must listen for everyone!

Those who do not know their history are doomed to repeat it! I highly recommend this book. A look into the darker side of our political history in terms of the discussion around WW1 & WW2 but needed as it sets up the rest of the book. Madeleine brings great insight into what goes on behind closed political doors. e.g Meetings with Putin. The book requires attention so not so great if your driving but good for a train commute etc. The narration is great, with Madeleine narrating. I cannot rate this book highly enough. Seriously a must read/listen for everyone in today modern world!

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By Stewart Smith on 05-06-18

it's a warning alright

Compelling and well put together. The author's grasp of international affairs, history, and politics is deep and layed out in an approachable way. A must read for those of us who insist on liberty and self determination and have concerns about the worldwide state of democracy.

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