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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 459 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


  • 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!!
  • Phenomenal

    By mr.frankie1024
    Awesome book and one everyone should give a read.
  • Wake Up!

    By Longjing54
    Snyder’s pamphlet is as direct and pithy as Strunk and White’s Elements of Style. And in present-day world politics, it is as important as Elements is in becoming a good writer. It offers concrete and useful advice for recognizing the rise of tyranny and for resisting and reversing it. Snyder champions the kind of thought that led the Buddha to teach “if you meet the Buddha, kill the Buddha”—that is, observe carefully, think deeply, act wisely in consequence of personal observation and independent, critical thought. Be active, not passive. Engage with those around you and also with those distant from you. An excellent and timely read.
  • Thought provoking

    By Sarajsh
    A timely book to open eyes and start the thought process. An important book at a critical time in American politics. No matter where you stand, no one can deny that things are very different and moving fast..but to where?

    First of all, the book is really great. However, I found the popularity of these lessons merely shows the naivete of the Amercian society. The United States and its people barely suffered in the twenitieth century, so Americans become so naive and gullible. That’s why Donald Trump was elected. Now history is back with a vengeance, maybe it’s time for an American tragedy.