On Tyranny

  • by Timothy Snyder
  • Narrated by Timothy Snyder
  • 1 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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Biased left wing tripe

As the title indicates, the author attempts to paint republicans as nazis while ignoring the left wing authoritarianism that has reared its ugly head over the last twenty years. The book would have been tolerable if the author had used objective truth to address our general move towards authoritarianism on both the right and left wing. A government should not have a monopoly on violence. Governments rule by consent of the governed. When a government has an absolute monopoly on violence then the people are its subjects. I found it hilarious that after bringing up numerous examples of past movements that led to tyranny, the author failed to see the obvious correlation towards the republican-democrat war for power. Do not buy this book.
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- Garrick Bartlett

A haiku of history

Timothy Snyder's book is one of the most extraordinary works I have ever encountered. Full of passion, poetry, and--above all--clear thinking--it makes the strongest possible case for understanding history as a means of interpreting and addressing the disordered world of now.
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- Carl Rollyson

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-28-2017
  • Publisher: Random House Audio