On Tyranny - Timothy Snyder

On Tyranny

By Timothy Snyder

  • Release Date: 2017-02-28
  • Genre: Politics & Current Events
Score: 4.5
From 274 Ratings


#1 New York Times Bestseller

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.



    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.
  • May the truth set you free.

    By Robquix
    This book has hit home. After 72 years of life, I now truly feel our Nation is being threatened from within. This book was a wake up call, a must read We must stop being pacifist, to be proactive. Find truth. The author has hit the mark. God help us!
  • tinfoil hat brigade manifesto

    By Gregoire2125
    Reads like a rushed blog rant bursting with bad analogies . "communism and fascism were a direct response to globalization " . Really? Lenin's rise had nothing to do with Russia being decimated in WWI ? " extremely thin discussions on the factors in place that helped fuel the rise of actual tyrants . This is mandatory reading for the tinfoil hat brigade. For everyone else that is my part of the problem , you can save your money .
  • A Primer

    By aaronleopold
    A quick guide to help in understanding the mechanisms of fascism, but from the perspective of a resistor. This book is timely, yet will outlast the current moment - a compilation of learnings from the success of early 20th century European fascists, this is a great primer on the history and how to resist a similar slip.
  • What a fantastic read

    By Asya1
    Very important book.
  • On Tyranny

    By Beruit
    This book is not a "not my president" manifesto. It is a plea to reasonable discussion. Are there criticisms of the president? Yes. Are all of them unjustly, and biasedly given? No. If you are solidly in Trump's camp, welcome opening yourself up to this type of literature, in order to ground yourself in honest, well-intentioned information. Please do not disregard this as just a Trump-Hitler comparison. It is much more than that. In fact, the reason I --- a person who respects this book immensly --- only give this four stars is because I feel the author could have done away with some of the more personal attacks on Trump's "politics". However, do not let this turn you away! There is so much wisdom to mine from this book. Read it, and try to honestly form your worldview in light of the facts presented. Research, if you can, what you find to be questionable. Don't just throw it out because it presents, at times, a subject that might leave your opinions vulnerable. Read with an open mind and enjoy all the gems that, when properly examined, will hopefully produce a new generation of good, American thinkers.
  • On tyranny (Snyder))

    By Steveo-coolo
    This book tells you everything you may have been afraid to know. Clear and to the point. Should be read in every household in America. Steven Gutman
  • "Do not obey in advance."

    By Gunz Borgia
    I saw Timmothy Snyder on Bill Mahr have a well composed, educated debate and I was sold. If we the people stand idly by instead of upholding our civic duties, history can and will repeat itself.
  • Excellent

    By PiperOno123
    This is an excellent, must read book for the times we are living in. The person that gave it one star obviously did not read this.
  • Tyranny. 20 lessons from the 20th Century.

    By Keshishian
    Save your time and money. Just another hyper partisan attack on Trump, comparing him to Hitler!