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On Tyranny - Timothy Snyder

On Tyranny

By Timothy Snyder

  • Release Date: 2017-02-28
  • Genre: Political Science
Score: 4.5
From 580 Ratings


#1 New York Times Bestseller • A historian of fascism offers a guide for surviving and resisting America's turn towards authoritarianism.

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 twentieth 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.

On Tyranny 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.

"Mr. Snyder is a rising public intellectual unafraid to make bold connections between past and present." —The New York Times


  • A MUST read!!

    By Newuserme
    Those that can’t remember the past are condemned to repeat. We can’t take democracy for granted.
  • For now, we are out of danger…

    By Fleuryar
    Dangerous times of Trump resembling beginning of nazi regime. Those that consider this an exaggeration are playing with fire. 73 million Americans voted with Trump and only 5% of population more, voted against Trump. The other factor that prevented destruction of democracy was refuse to bent the rules by judges and local politicians of the same political affiliation . Finally the absence of resolved leadership between occupants of Capitol assured failure of Trump movement. But new leaders from rows of Republicans senators looked extremely interested to continue the work of Trump. And this guys are much more clever and more energetic than the old ogre. I’m not sure we are out of the woods and only the future will show.
  • Brilliant Obsercations, Meh opinions.

    By an open fist
    The author made some brilliant observations about tyranny, and provides practical tools to fight it. There are points where some of the author’s political opinions are sprinkled in. Given the rest of the nature of the content, I felt some of the opinions ultimately hurt the integrity. I wish the tone was more unbiased and feel it would have been more valuable to people who decide to read this. Enjoyed it though and found it interesting.
  • Powerful

    By xchahooliex
    Useful information compacted into a short/relatively easy read. Recommended by Jane Elliott and now recommended (by me) to anyone who doesn’t think America is treading a thin line to fascism muddled with untruth, misinformation, and the rejection of education.
  • Essential reading for these times. Quick & powerful

    By jackhutton
    powerful small book packed with important messages for these times —a guide for navigating this dangerous era in America —Cautioning against the rise of fascism in the U.S. and Europe. We must learn from history and not be complacent. Quick read. Very worthwhile.
  • Crap

    By Musiclovrrrr
    Trump derangement syndrome at its finest. Enjoy the next 4 years !!
  • Lightweight

    By MountainLion
    I’m so sorry I purchased this in hopes of reading a thoughtful description of how tyranny evolves. Instead, this is a superficial recitation of anti-Trump whining. To equate American middle-class families revolting against the export of 15 million manufacturing jobs to China to Kristallnact is the epitome of political disinformation.
  • Important and Timely

    By S. Coffman
    An important work designed to give every-day individuals tactics to combat the world we live in today.
  • Oh, Tyranny

    By Carmel Pars
    This is a promise to all that think Trump is anything other than a dictator in waiting, a sick individual that knows only that what he wants is what he cares about to think again and again and again. Follow the FACTS reflected in history that destroyed democratic rule. I, today move toward all the recommendations in this book, doing my part to turn an ugly tide in history back with human awareness, courage and strength. Democracy demands that I do just that. NOW.
  • On Tyranny

    By CARA83
    God Help us!!