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But this threat to the West also presents the opportunity to better understand the pillars of our own political order. In this forceful and unsparing work of contemporary history, Snyder goes beyond the headlines to expose the true nature of the threat to democracy. By showcasing the stark choices before us - between equality or oligarchy, individuality or totality, truth and falsehood - Snyder restores our understanding of the basis of our way of life, offering a way forward in a time of terrible uncertainty.
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By Amazon Customer on 04-14-18
Fascinating Exploration of Current Events
Anyone who has been trying to make sense of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the 2016 U.S. elections, and Russian actions more generally will likely find this of interest. It describes the ideological inspiration behind Putin and his cronies and their reasoning for interfering in other countries. By combining recent history, current events, and the philosophies of several important ideological figures with his own observations from long study of Europe, Timothy Snyder has done the best job so far of making sense of these events.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
By Richard Keohane on 04-08-18
A Key Understanding of Modern Politics
Would you consider the audio edition of The Road to Unfreedom to be better than the print version?
The Road to Unfreedom is a dense text, delving with deliberate action into history, philosophy, and politics. Listening can be mentally less taxing than reading.
What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?
The book gives a comprehensive understanding of political narratives, and which ones are enticing but hollow and which ones aren't sexy but enrich nations and their citizens. It made me reconsider many of my political beliefs.
Which scene was your favorite?
The division of Identity Politics vs. Prosperity Politics made me rethink how I vote.
If you could give The Road to Unfreedom a new subtitle, what would it be?
The War Between Politicians Who Talk About Cultural Identity, Vs. Politicians Who Say What Can Be Done For Those They Represent
Any additional comments?
A must-read for those who wish to be informed about modern politics.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful