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A timely reminder of how to avoid the tyranny that is now at the front door of most peoples of the world. Knocking on all its guises.
Loved it enough that I listened through twice in a few days! I'm English and feel quite strongly that young people in Europe and America need to know more history to enable us to maintain our progressive cultures, otherwise dictators may usurp power in a way we currently feel impossible having mentally consigned fascism to the past.
Well worth a listen, and has a recommended reading list in one chapter, so might be worth doing further research.
Well delivered by the author with no production errors!
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An excellent, compact analysis of the lurch towards fascism in the West and what ordinary people should be doing to resist this tide. The lessons are familiar to anyone who has read any of the classic works on totalitarianism but Snyder introduces modern examples such as the Russian war against Ukraine and its attempts to destabilise Western Europe through disinformation and promoting right wing Islamophobes. Best lesson? Get off the Internet! Read a book and actually spend time talking to people outside of your bubble.
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Snyder uses history to make a point about some things which seemed more likely representative of Hillary Clinton than of Trump himself. He uses the basic that Trump was all evil and hence is able to control the line of thinking that the claims he wants us to use. It provokes thought, however, it's biased.
I beg you to read this. A hugely important book that is short, easily digestible, with every sentence hitting a home run.