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On Tyranny
On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century | Timothy Snyder
"We are rapidly ripening for fascism. This American writer leaves us with no illusions about ourselves." Svetlana Alexievich, Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature 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.
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ClairesReads
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The History teacher in me loves a book where the central premise is that History is important and we have a lot to learn from it. On Tyranny is a brief, salient, timely reminder of what we are only ever a few small steps away from tyranny, and that we are all responsible for actively maintaining the social and political freedoms we value. Snyder uses the tyrants from our past to illuminates the potential tyrants of our present.

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ClairesReads
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THIS

Suet624 YES!! 5mo
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ClairesReads
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Here I am...on the internet.

tpixie Well this internet space is special!!! 🥳📚🥳 5mo
Chrissyreadit I think Litsy must be the exception! 5mo
QueenJen It is a place top connect with books!😉📚 5mo
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Redwritinghood Easier said than done. 5mo
ClairesReads @Chrissyreadit @tpixie @QueenJen @Redwritinghood I think Litsy and Goodreads must be the exception 😊 5mo
tpixie @ClairesReads yes! ♥️📚♥️ 5mo
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ClairesReads
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My fave so far

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ClairesReads
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Next. (School Reading never stops in the holidays) #teachersoflitsy

Emilymdxn Looks great! Important concepts to veg in there at school! What are you planning to use it for? 5mo
ClairesReads @Emilymdxn I teach a scholarship history course (kind of like AP) at the school I teach at. Each year our qualifications authority assigns a different theme- this year its “the role of populism as a historical force”. I‘m hoping this has some gems for helping students think about why populism emerges and how populist leaders exploit conditions to gain support. 5mo
Emilymdxn That sounds super fascinating! Great topic for young people to be studying. Whereabouts do you teach? 5mo
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ClairesReads @Emilymdxn very relevant! I‘m in Auckland, New Zealand. 5mo
Emilymdxn It‘d be great to have something like that in the Uk! Jealous. 5mo
ClairesReads @Emilymdxn yes- I‘m not sure what the equivalent is in the UK (or if you even have one). It‘s basically an extra exam for the kids here and the top 3% get an award (and cash) 5mo
Emilymdxn I think the closest we have here is called the Extended Project qualification where you get a year of classes in general academic research (formatting proper bibliographies etc.) and write a project on anything you‘re interested in or build something or put on an event, make a presentation about it and it counts for like 1/2 an a level? They‘re good for learning adult research skills and future job stuff, quite different but closest we have I thin 5mo
ClairesReads @Emilymdxn oh that sounds interesting too! 5mo
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ReadingRambo
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They should make this book required reading for everyone on Earth! It's a short book and it reads like a series of essays. The author delves into examples from WWII on how we should be thinking about authoritarianism in our world today.

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Weaponxgirl
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This is short but has a lot of content. I should have read this after the death of truth for things you can do afterwards and feeling helpless. I loved the suggestions such as support your independent media, I realised that I still wasn‘t paying for the guardian (a leftover from being super poor). If free media is under attack we should help where we can.

Weaponxgirl It was also nice not to feel mad. You look back at history and see how things begin and sure they may not be as bad yet but it‘s our responsibility to make sure it doesn‘t get there. 8mo
Weaponxgirl A lot you can talk about from this book, and happily enough a lot is to do with reading and educating yourself. Just make sure you put it into practise 8mo
Leftcoastzen It was one of my favorites the year I read it . Concise and important,I wish everyone would read it. 8mo
Weaponxgirl @Leftcoastzen yes! I‘m keeping a lot of those lessons in mind this year. Gonna be a tough one I think 8mo
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sofiaga
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I listened to this book in two days. Short but very meaningful. He also recommends several book from Harry Potter to political theorists.

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Gaylagal2
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I've listened to Timothy Snyder's audiobook On Tyranny a few times and forgot to post a review.
In these troubled times in our country, this book gives us a much needed reminder of facts, valuable information and consequences of inaction by us all.
And the bonus is Snyder's comforting, calm voice.

bookish_wookish Hey can you please email me at reckless.they.say @ gmail.com Its about the swap! Thanks! 9mo
Gaylagal2 @bookish_wookish I sent you an email Amy😉 9mo
bookish_wookish Got it and emailed you back! 9mo
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Gaylagal2
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So I just checked my mailbox and was happy to see my weekly New Yorker in there. This weeks cover with our fearless (pfffft) ass-clown on the cover gave me a good laugh. And as always, he has that stupid ass tie on! 🤣😂🗳🗽

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Valeka
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Rereading as an audiobook. #resist

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SW-T
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A very good, and definitely timely, read.

#libby

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Twocougs
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Important yet terrifying book! A must read.

BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘ve been thinking I need to reread this one! 11mo
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RebelReader
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It‘s cool out this morning, but I‘m reading this little gem with my tea outside. A must read for us right now! 🇱🇷

Jilly6183 Nice mug! 12mo
Wife 👍🏻☕️ 12mo
Tamra It was so cold this morning. You are tougher than I! 12mo
RebelReader @Tamra It was cold! I ended up going back inside! 🤣 11mo
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speljamr
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In light of current events, I cannot recommend this little book enough.

#resist

saresmoore 😫 12mo
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bookishbitch
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My current books in progress. Well, most of them. #moodreader

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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1. Oh yes, quite a lot.
2. Typically, I read about 50/50.
3. I‘m very diverse with NF—from wellness to politics to selective celebrity memoirs.
4. While I don‘t have a #1 all-time Favorite, the tagged book is short and eminently rereadable.
5. Not following directions, sorry. My most recent was Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries by Kory Stamper

#hellothursday

Bradleygirl Word By Word was so delicious 12mo
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reiko
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Brief but urgent.

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What an interesting book. I feel disappointed in people who choose not to vote one way or another. Those liberties are the first to go & the second chance to participate will be extinguished unknowingly as a result of apathy.

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Sg1224
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One of the perks of traveling for work = extra reading time...unless you have a Chatty Cathy sitting next to you...😑.

Trashcanman I loved this book. 12mo
Sg1224 @Trashcanman what was your favorite lesson?!? 12mo
Trashcanman In order 8,12 and 10. What were yours? 12mo
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RaimeyGallant
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I ran into a problem trying to find a quote from this book, and my problem is that what I really want to do is quote the entire manifesto. The publisher, a division of Penguin, must have felt similarly, because for the release in 2017, it posted the entire text in a poster installation in London. The 2-hour audiobook version is read by the author, and I intend to listen to it again. Link to an article about the installation in the comments.

readordierachel What a cool idea. 1y
Becker This was excellent. I have listened to it several times already. 1y
Graywacke Noting. Thanks for highlighting. 1y
minkyb I had no idea about the installation. I pretty much underlined the entire book. 1y
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craigcraker
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A guide of how to oppose Trump and the potential fascist state coming our way, as shown through the Nazi regime and Eastern Europe.

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Important book on how to save democracy. Short, sharp and seriously handing out flashbacks. Though I like the book, I can't help thinking he is preaching for those allready saved. Also I tend to think that examples from other times and places than Germany, Soviet and Eastern Europe. Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa and Iran, as examples.
#tyranny #nonfiction #democracy #history #culturalhistory #politics #president #beerandbook #booksandbeers

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goodbyefrancie
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Someone is making it difficult to read this morning. My fat Lola is a lap full of kitty. #CatsofLitsy

ephemeralwaltz How's the book? I was eyeing it at the bookstore. 1y
goodbyefrancie @ephemeralwaltz Really good! Necessary reading, in my opinion. 1y
digidiva I agree! I don't typically purchase books anymore, but this is one I feel like I want to buy several copies of and share it. A very important read. 1y
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HeatherBookNerd
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Some interesting lessons from Snyder in this little booklet.

readordierachel Indeed! 1y
LouLouLane Hey miss- email me at jeaninebrown52@gmail.com. We are trying to get another meetup planned! 1y
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Lesson 5: “When political leaders set a negative example, professional commitments to just practice become more important. It is hard to subvert a rule-of-law state without lawyers or hold show trials without judges. Authoritarians need obedient civil servants ....”

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But there are no adults. We own this mess.

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Beachesnbooks
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This is a very short and very necessary book that should be required reading in today's political climate. It's less than 2 hours long on audio and succinctly discusses the ways that studying emerging tyrannical regimes in history can show us how to resist tyranny in modern times. I picked this up after Margaret Atwood recommended it at a talk I went to. 5⭐️

RaimeyGallant On my list. You may also be interested in the book I quoted today. 1y
Gina07 I‘m new and just looking around to figure Litsy out, but this book is a must read for anyone unhappy w/Trump. Since Election Day, I have added/read many social justice books, both fiction and non-fiction. I‘m currently reading “Dear Madame President” by Jennifer Palmieri who was the director of communications for Hillary Clinton‘s Campaign. Prior to that she was the White House Communications Director under President Obama. It‘s short and good. 👍 1y
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Beachesnbooks
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When I went to see Margaret Atwood speak last month, one of the audience questions was what she thought we should all be reading. She recommended this short book given the current political climate. I finally got my audio hold from the library today and am very interested to see what this book has to say.

AmyG I have read more than 1 person say...read this. On my tbr. 1y
RaimeyGallant Yep, I'm waiting for my hold on this one to come in. I also recommend my current audiobook. 1y
Beachesnbooks @RaimeyGallant Thanks for the rec! I read her other book No is Not Enough and thought it was really interesting. 1y
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An art installation in London created for the launch of Snyder's book. Each chapter has it's own poster. (A collaboration between the publishers Vintage and Kingston University)

#numbers #hopintospring photo challenge @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @vkois88

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So cool!!! 🙌🏻👏🏻📚 1y
MayJasper @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I know. I wish I had seen it. 1y
Mdargusch I love this! ❤️ 1y
vkois88 Neat!!! 1y
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I think that, finally, young Americans are waking up. However, it took a tragedy for their eyes to be opened. In the 60s, it was the American youth who came together to improve the future. May that (please!) happen again.

PaperbackPirate Hi! I made the jump from LT too! what do you think so far? 1y
SqueakyChu @PaperbackPirate It didn‘t take me long. I‘m hooked. I love it! It‘s a nice complement to LT, I think. 1y
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Let us all aim to be “true” patriots. Chapter 19 of this book is very clear about who is NOT a patriot. Read it!

laytonwoman3rd Everyone should read this one. 1y
SqueakyChu @laytonwoman3rd Have you read this book yet? It is scaring the hell out of me, but it is spot on. (edited) 1y
SqueakyChu FYI: For anyone who might be interested in reading this book, know that it is a small book and a quick read. Don‘t let its size fool you. It is an important manual for the future. 1y
laytonwoman3rd Yes, I have. It is scary and hopeful at the same time. 1y
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I fear for our American institutions. My desire is to have the courage to forcefully resist when I hear my friends and neighbors being labeled “criminals”, “terrorists”, and “rapists” which I know them not to be. I grieve for the free and democratic country in which I once lived.

CassiM This is so true! I am a military daughter and was a military wife from a military family and I was and still am very against The Patriot Act. Irony was that the family that found my abhorrence insufferable were the 'heroes' that made the abomination so clear in my mind! I had been raised free and independent and TPA undermined the heart and soul of that raising. 1y
SqueakyChu @CassiM Keep up your resistance to what is clearly unjust! 1y
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Sadly, I was frightened enough to do this last year.

Varske Maybe even get a second, like many Brits, anticipating Brexit. 1y
SqueakyChu @Varske Not a bad idea! 1y
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SqueakyChu
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“We need paper ballots, because they cannot be tampered with remotely and can always be recounted.”

arubabookwoman So true! 1y
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SqueakyChu
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“A party emboldened by a favorable #election result or motivated by ideology, or both, might change the system from within.”

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SqueakyChu
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Someone slipped this book into my #LittleFreeLibrary a few days ago. I‘m not sure if this was the book that was recommended by American political commentator Robert Reich or not, but a quick browse through this book made me want to read through it completely. It is frightening. I‘m reading it now for its suggestions to resist tyranny, but I‘m getting the uneasy feeling of how fragile #democracy really is.

SqueakyChu I forgot to mention that my husband is also reading this book at this time. 1y
Ardachy Sounds interesting. Is it particularly aimed at US Americans or should it appeal to a wider audience? 1y
SqueakyChu @Ardachy It is a book aimed at US readers because of our current real threat to #democracy. However, it would be interesting to any individual who is interested in learning about how to resist this threat. It uses history of other nations to explain its ideas. In the face of #Brexit, it would be of great interest to you! It is a quick-and-to-the-point book, easily finished within a day or two. 1y
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Ardachy Thanks, stacked. 1y
SqueakyChu @Ardachy Ha! Brexit was addressed in this book. 1y
Ardachy Interesting, thanks. Looks like I will have to get a copy. 1y
SqueakyChu @Ardachy It‘s just a line or two...but it‘s there! 😊 1y
SqueakyChu My husband just finished reading my copy of this book, and I already have two friends that want to read it. Although it would be an excellent book to keep, it sure is too great a book not to share. Agreed?! (edited) 1y
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DavidDiamond
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This short book packs a powerful punch!
In our political climate, this is a must-read that should be at the top of everyone‘s reading list!

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Short and terrifying

#currentlyreading #politics

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ExpendableMudge
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5 stars. Buy for $3.99 on Kindle to give to all people under 25.

SqueakyChu I just read this. Excellent and powerful! (edited) 1y
ExpendableMudge I very much agree. It's sad to me that it's necessary. 1y
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His and Hers reading brunch

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goodbyefrancie
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Oh my...this will be read soon! Thanks so much for including this in the #cupidgoespostal package, @Leigh0906 and for marking these pages. Just perfect!

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JulietteGF
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Short and very interesting. A must-read. The author describes how some politicians use language and events to manipulate people. Food for thoughts.

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Admittedly, I‘m the target audience of this book in that I fervently think Trump is dangerous. This book talks about tyranny in general terms and how to prevent it from taking hold but makes frequent references to Trump, which his supporters will resent. I, however, found it educational and engaging. It is also a read-in-a-day kind of book

Suet624 I feel such dread whenever I listen to Snyder speak on the subject. He knows his stuff. 2y
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Leftcoastzen
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Hey , don‘t want to bum everyone out on MLK weekend , yet after the week we had with the tweeter in chief, thought I‘d throw this postcard in the mix.It‘s from 2004 Syracuse Cultural Workers collection. People with Netflix might enjoy the David Letterman special with Barack Obama.

Tamra 😣 2y
jveezer I have that on a teeshirt from SCW and wear it all the time. 2y
elkeo_TheBookDragon This makes me nauseous. Too real. 2y
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Leftcoastzen @jveezer I don‘t think they make that one anymore. 2y
Leftcoastzen @elkeo 🤢sadly agree. 2y
JaclynW So many people in our country seem to be blind to this. That frightens me. 2y
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Yes! We must pay attention to the lessons of history! The world is on the verge if we don‘t do something! Thought-provoking and important read for all of us.

rmaclean4 One of my top reads of 2017. Such an important book. 2y
akfreeborn @rmclean4 I t is the type of book you want to pass on to everybody! 2y
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👍🏼👍🏼 A book that inspires action and gives ideas about what form that action can take. It may be tiny, but this book packs a punch. On Tyranny shows that it is not just our responsibility, but it is absolutely necessary to engage in the world and our political system. If you feel you can't make a difference, Snyder shows you that indeed you can. An essential text of what I hope is our growing revolution.

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