#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.
A brilliant, haunting, and profoundly original portrait of the defining tragedy of our time. In this epic history of extermination and survival, Timothy Snyder presents a new explanation of the great atrocity of the twentieth century, and reveals the risks that we face in the twenty-first. Based on new sources from eastern Europe and forgotten testimonies from Jewish survivors, Black Earth recounts the mass murder of the Jews as an event that is still close to us, more comprehensible than we would like to think, and thus all the more terrifying. The Holocaust began in a dark but accessible place, in Hitler's mind, with the thought that the elimination of Jews would restore balance to the planet and allow Germans to win the resources they desperately needed. Such a worldview could be realized only if Germany destroyed other states, so Hitler's aim was a colonial war in Europe itself. In the zones of statelessness, almost all Jews died. A few people, the righteous few, aided them, without support from institutions. Much of the new research in this book is devoted to understanding these extraordinary individuals. The almost insurmountable difficulties they faced only confirm the dangers of state destruction and ecological panic. These men and women should be emulated, but in similar circumstances few of us would do so. By overlooking the lessons of the Holocaust, Snyder concludes, we have misunderstood modernity and endangered the future. The early twenty-first century is coming to resemble the early twentieth, as growing preoccupations with food and water accompany ideological challenges to global order. Our world is closer to Hitler's than we like to admit, and saving it requires us to see the Holocaust as it was -- and ourselves as we are. Groundbreaking, authoritative, and utterly absorbing, Black Earth reveals a Holocaust that is not only history but warning.
PLEASE NOTE: This is a summary, analysis and review of the book and not the original book. Timothy Snyder's provocative new political read, "On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century" offers practical advice based on lessons learned throughout history in how citizens can help fight tyranny and stop democratic governments from becoming authoritarian dictatorships. This SUMOREADS Summary & Analysis offers supplementary material to "On Tyranny" to help you distill the key takeaways, review the book's content, and further understand the writing style and overall themes from an editorial perspective. Whether you'd like to deepen your understanding, refresh your memory, or simply decide whether or not this book is for you, SUMOREADS Summary & Analysis is here to help. Absorb everything you need to know in under 20 minutes! What does this SUMOREADS Summary & Analysis Include? Executive Summary of the original book Editorial Review Key takeaways & analysis Brief chapter summaries A short bio of the the author Original Book Summary Overview "On Tyranny" is a quick and interesting read, particularly for those readers who enjoy the history of modern politics, or even those who just watch the news in awe. This book looks at the history of Europe during the twentieth century, seeking to explain what provoked the change from democratic governments to authoritarian regimes in several European countries. Parallels are then drawn between the actions of tyrannical leaders of the twentieth century and political actions taking place in the United States today. Each of the twenty chapters in the book offers advice to those who would be proactive and avoid suffering the fate of past generations. BEFORE YOU BUY: The purpose of this SUMOREADS Summary & Analysis is to help you decide if it's worth the time, money and effort reading the original book (if you haven't already). SUMOREADS has pulled out the essence-but only to help you ascertain the value of the book for yourself. This analysis is meant as a supplement to, and not a replacement for, "On Tyranny."
An Intellectual Guide to Why Citizens Vote Against Their Interests
Author: Tara Brabazon
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing
Category: Social Science
This book addresses the seismic political events of Donald Trump's presidency and the British vote to leave the EU. It explores why citizens vote against their own best interests, and demonstrates the role and value of universities in a time when evidence, expertise and facts often dissolve into opinion, emotion and fake news.
On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder: Conversation Starters In Timothy Snyder's book, "On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century," he uses his profession of historian to highlight how American society is turning into one run by the system of authoritarianism rather than the democracy was founded upon. He cites the Founding Fathers' warning of the tyranny we are facing today and gives suggestions as to how we can resist the tyranny of our day and sustain the democracy America was founded upon. "On Tyranny" made the number one spot on the New York Time's bestseller list and has received an astounding rating of 4.5 stars on Amazon. A Brief Look Inside: EVERY GOOD BOOK CONTAINS A WORLD FAR DEEPER than the surface of its pages. The characters and their world come alive, and the characters and its world still live on. Conversation Starters is peppered with questions designed to bring us beneath the surface of the page and invite us into the world that lives on. These questions can be used to... Create Hours of Conversation: * Promote an atmosphere of discussion for groups * Foster a deeper understanding of the book * Assist in the study of the book, either individually or corporately * Explore unseen realms of the book as never seen before Disclaimer: This book you are about to enjoy is an independent resource meant to supplement the original book. If you have not yet read the original book, we encourage you to before purchasing this unofficial Conversation Starters.
"Both a political history and a moral critique of the twentieth century, this is a personal and impassioned book from one of Europe's most outstanding intellectuals. Identifying totalitarianism as the major innovation of the twentieth century, Tzvetan Todorov examines the struggle between this system and democracy and its effects on human life and consciousness. Todorov explores the history of the past century not only by analyzing its spectacular political conflicts but also by offering moving profiles of several individuals who, at great personal cost, resisted the strictures of the Communist and Nazi regimes."--BOOK JACKET.
Summary of The Road to Unfreedom by Timothy Snyder: Conversation Starters Political events in the past decade in Europe and America have seen Russia's strong interference -- Russia's invasion of Ukraine, it's denunciation of the European Union, the Brexit referendum, and the election of Donald Trump. Yale history professor Timothy Snyder warns that the social, economic, and political repression in Russia could happen in the US and Europe. And yet, Snyder believes that though it all looks grim, people can still do something to prevent the worst from happening. The Road to Unfreedom is another critically acclaimed book from the author of the bestselling On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons From the Twentieth Century. The Road to Unfreedom by Timothy Snyder: Conversation Starters A Brief Look Inside: EVERY GOOD BOOK CONTAINS A WORLD FAR DEEPER than the surface of its pages. The characters and their world come alive, and the characters and its world still live on. Conversation Starters is peppered with questions designed to bring us beneath the surface of the page and invite us into the world that lives on. These questions can be used to... Create Hours of Conversation: - Promote an atmosphere of discussion for groups - Foster a deeper understanding of the book - Assist in the study of the book, either individually or corporately - Explore unseen realms of the book as never seen before Disclaimer: This book you are about to enjoy is an independent resource meant to supplement the original book. If you have not yet read the original book, we encourage you to before purchasing this unofficial Conversation Starters.