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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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SleepyDragon
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"The leader who dislikes the investigators is a potential tyrant."

"If tyrants feel no consequences for their actions in the three-dimensional world, nothing will change."

5 years later, and this book is still 100% relevant.

Every voting person should read this book. And vote. Definitely vote.

#Alphabetgame #LetterO

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing! 1mo
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ravenlee
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Snyder has sort of distilled the essence of his greater works into a how-to (or how-not-to, as it were). Some very good points here. I‘ll definitely be revisiting this, and I would recommend it.

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ravenlee
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When you‘re an atheist musician whose major employer is a church, and you‘re a feminist reeling from the loss of liberty courtesy of the Supreme Court but have a 4th of July gig at said church…you practice quietly subversive reading before the performance starts.

Amiable Amen. 🙌🏼 3mo
Ruthiella 👍 3mo
Leftcoastzen I hear you! hang in there. 3mo
Catsandbooks 💪🏼💪🏼❤️ 3mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I love this! 🤗 3mo
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ravenlee
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#BookMail part 1 - the stuff for me. To be followed in a week or so (Book Outlet shipping takes for.ev.er) by several more Solnits.

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Maria514626
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#firstlinefridays
I want to finish this one. It‘s very good and the illustrations are excellent. However, I need to be in the right mood. And it can‘t be a cloudy day. Etc., etc.

It‘s a book everyone should read IMO. But if you‘re highly sensitive (👋) you need to time it right or you‘ll end up face down on the floor or in the fetal position.

jlhammar So good! I read Snyder's original version and then later read this graphic edition (collaboration with illustrator Nora Krug). The graphic edition is definitely the way to go. Have you read Krug's graphic memoir yet? It's one of my favorites. 4mo
Maria514626 @jlhammar I haven‘t. Thank you for the recommendation! 4mo
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Vivlio_Gnosi
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⭐⭐⭐1/2

Snyder has a solid compact collection of 20 lessons on tyranny. They are good reminders about a serious topic that most of us do not enjoy contemplating but is important to ponder.
My main criticism of Snyder is how focused most of his content is on the '16 election. I feel that diluted his lessons and I wish he had written with a more timeliness focus.
#Nonfiction #history #politics

skewermann @Vivlio_Gnosi it can be refreshing to counterbalance a heavy tome like this with something more entertaining, such as my explosive exposé of the Chump administration, "Dire and Puny"... not to be confused with "Fire and Fury". ? I hope you have a chance to peruse it ? ? #satire ? #Orwell https://www.amazon.com/dp/B081S5JLTX 1y
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Vivlio_Gnosi
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Started reading this #Nonfiction book published in 2017 to remind myself of the importance of #history and refreshing myself in the lessons of historical context.

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keithmalek
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa This is a great little book! One we all should re-read regularly! 1y
keithmalek @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I know. I read it a few years ago. I just came across this quotation from On Tyranny in a different book that I'm reading, and posted it under On Tyranny. 1y
Leftcoastzen I got it from the library, after reading it knew I had to find a copy for the permanent collection. 1y
Suet624 Gave this book to my kids when it first came out. Important read. 1y
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Chelsea.Poole
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Wow 😳 I am so scared!! this little book packs a punch. I wish everyone would read this and realize the warning signs we have been experiencing could lead to an absolute disaster. I love the simplicity of this and sometimes appreciate a succinct approach to a big heavy topic like this.

Leftcoastzen An amazing book ! I borrowed it from the library soon realized I needed a copy for the permanent collection. 1y
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Patchshank
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I highly recommend this book. It's a quick read. Takes maybe an hour or two. Snyder looks at how dictatorships in Europe were able to come to power and compares it to a certain someone's style of leadership and the attitudes of the supporters. He also offers ways for everyone to spot and then counter the attempts of a potential tyrant.

Scochrane26 A friend told me recently that I should read this. 2y
Leftcoastzen I checked it out from the library, liked it so much I had to find a copy to own. 2y
Patchshank @Leftcoastzen Mine is a library book as well. I've been debating whether or not I want to buy a copy for myself . 2y
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FashionableObserver
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“The moment you set an example, the spell of the status quo is broken, and others will follow.”

BookishMarginalia Such an important book. I think it‘s time for a reread! 2y
rmaclean4 I think.of this book often!! 2y
FashionableObserver @BookishMarginalia @rmaclean4, it should be required reading! Snyder is brilliant! FYI: he was on NPR‘s Throughline yesterday. I plan to listen to the episode today: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/throughline/id1451109634?i=1000506008916 2y
BookishMarginalia Thanks for the link. I‘ll listen when I get home. 2y
rmaclean4 Thanks for the link. 100% agree that this should be required reading!! 2y
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CaitlinByTheBook
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I read this book last month and it helped me see how we got to where we were politically. It‘s now more important than ever.

The book is small and the chapters are short, but it packs in a lot of information. I read it by finishing 1-2 chapters a day and reflecting.

Highly recommend everyone read this no matter where you fall on the political spectrum. We need critical thinking and nuanced conversations to help us move forward.

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Megabooks
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I read this book when it first came out in 2017, and I think it continues to be an important book. It‘s a quick read, and I recommend it to everyone no matter what country you live in. It‘s important to fight tyranny everywhere! ✊

#booked2021 #under150pages
#bookspinbingo free space

BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘ve read this twice since it came out also. Been feeling like another read is in order. I also appreciated his more recent book and think you might also. 2y
umbrellagirl So timely. 2y
Megabooks @BarbaraTheBibliophage I did read Our Malady in the fall. Fascinating but not surprising. 2y
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Megabooks @umbrellagirl very much. 2y
MallenNC Rachel Maddow had the author on last week. I thought it was a book that I should read. 2y
Megabooks @MallenNC I definitely recommend it. Very insightful, yet quick, read. 2y
Cinfhen Thanks for the recommendation...you‘re really cranking out those books🙌🏻which generally means you‘re not sleeping 🥺thinking of you xx 2y
Megabooks @Cinfhen omg, I‘ve been in so much pain today, and I‘m going through one of those phases of my chronic illness where I get a big infusion of cortisol late at night. I‘m trying to get things under control, but controlling my health is hard. Mom and dad are fighting. It‘s about a lot of things, but my dad is in deep deep denial about the (lack of) progress he‘s making now. I took mom‘s side because she‘s right, and I don‘t think dishonesty ⬇️ 2y
Megabooks @Cinfhen would help, but I softened things. Anyway, he‘s not speaking to either of us. This is one of the times I wouldn‘t wish my life on anyone else. Dad‘s a different person now in a lot of ways, and I just...it‘s just hard. 2y
Cinfhen I don‘t really know what you‘re going through but my dad ( who‘s 76) also has health issues and he‘s no longer the same person I knew, looked up to and greatly respected. I still love him and of course respect & admire but it‘s SO HARD to see this new version of him...it breaks my heart and makes me so sad. My mom is the one in denial over his transformation and she babies him, which makes it so much worse. It‘s depressing to be around👇🏼 2y
Cinfhen So I can‘t even imagine living with that 24/7...plus you have your own health issues to deal with. I‘m truly sorry, Meg. I wish the burden of all of this would lift for you 2y
Cinfhen These are the times I‘m so grateful for my siblings. I know I‘m far away and not family but I‘m always willing to listen ♥️ 2y
Megabooks @Cinfhen I‘m so sorry. It‘s just incredibly hard to watch one‘s parents age and decline in health. And I agree, I don‘t respect or admire my dad less, but it is a difficult reckoning when they go downhill. Honestly I never really missed siblings or a partner before this. It would be nice to have someone to share the load, but it also introduces a whole different set of variables that I can‘t even imagine! Some things you only understand ⬇️ (edited) 2y
Megabooks By living them. Thank you for being my love across the miles friend and my middle of the night shoulder!! You are amazing @Cinfhen !! 💖 (edited) 2y
Cinfhen Always xxxx and I feel the same about you. A woman, I lean to for moral support and solidarity. 2y
Megabooks @Cinfhen that means a lot especially since I feel like I‘m not the best friend right now. It‘s 2 am and I‘m not sleepy and I can‘t concentrate on books therefore I am MISERABLE!! I‘m going to crawl under my weighted blanket and try to sleep again. Much love!! 💕🥰😘 2y
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FashionableObserver

Well, after this week‘s failed insurrection, it is clear that I should‘ve read this when it first came out. I‘m starting it as soon as it gets here. Sorry, Barack. Your book is going to have to wait. 😰

KathyWheeler I‘m thinking of picking it up too. I know it‘s around my house somewhere as my husband has read it. 2y
FashionableObserver @KathyWheeler Let me know what you think. I‘m sure we will be sufficiently horrified. Maybe we will gain a little hope or something...? 2y
Christine This book is excellent and essential. I keep wanting to reread it but keep wishing reasons for rereading didn‘t repeatedly occur. :( 2y
Leftcoastzen Essential Book! I borrowed from the library, then went out to buy it for the permanent collection. 2y
readordierachel A small but mighty book 2y
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CaitlinByTheBook
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I read a few chapters of this one each day for a couple weeks to really take it all in. So much of this is important for the time we are living in now. Highly recommend everyone read this. Some of it was very deep and required a few readings to understand. I‘m sure I‘ll be reading this one again. It‘s also one I‘m gifting to a family member for Christmas (she and I have very similar belief systems so she will appreciate it). 4⭐️

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Chrissyreadit
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One of my greatest frustrations about being in school for the past four years is that it has limited my ability to read non fiction. I am passionately interested in what makes people choose what they choose around the intersections of culture, ethnic identity, inherited trauma, gender, racism, our environment, economics and education. I loved The Federalist Papers (yes I‘m that geeky) but I‘m sure I will love these too! Any others I need to add?

MaureenMc I‘m currently reading the tagged book & would recommend it. 2y
Chrissyreadit @MaureenMc thank you! I‘m adding it to my TBR and look forward to seeing your review and thoughts. 2y
RamsFan1963 This was a very frightening book, detailing how unprepared the Trump staffers were to run the government. 2y
Chrissyreadit @RamsFan1963 I plan to read it- but have been amazed about how this information is not made available regularly. 2y
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underground_bks
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This pocket guide to preserving our freedoms and resisting authoritarianism, penned by Yale historian of fascism Timothy Snyder, takes lessons from the fall of democracies across Europe in the 20th Century, each posing a warning to us now in the 21st Century. A brief but mind blowing, eye-opening read that left me feeling sobered and empowered by these lessons from history. Since finishing it, I‘ve seen several of the “lessons” in action...

Suet624 I feel like we should send this book to any Trump supporter we know. 2y
underground_bks @Suet624 ugh I‘d like that, but just like the absurdist play Rhinoceros mentioned in the book, I feel like they would read it and think it somehow applies only to the Obama and potential Biden Administrations. 2y
Suet624 Ugh. You‘re probably 100% right. 2y
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JenniferEgnor
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Reading these pages was so scary. The content so hauntingly familiar. I can‘t recommend this book enough. Please stop what you‘re doing, and read it right now. Pass it on to others. It is vital that each of us pay attention and do everything we can to fight back.

BarbaraTheBibliophage I have read it twice and bought countless copies. He is brilliant and I will read anything he writes. The Road to Unfreedom is great. Not fun, but so important. Just got his latest from NetGalley. **fangirl** 2y
JenniferEgnor @BarbaraTheBibliophage this definitely was not something I enjoyed. My eyes widened, my heart skipped beats, and I was afraid. 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @JenniferEgnor I agree. It‘s definitely scary. 2y
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Andrea313
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From the author's webpage: "Today...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." #BeingFree #FlyHighJuly
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Eggs 👏🏻📚👍🏼🤗👏🏻 2y
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TheBookbabeblog84
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Going through a bit of a slump....so behind on my reading. So I‘m back to my “one sit reads”. And I‘m listening to this while doing laundry. I always seem to read these types of things in election years lol. #powertothepeople

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Christine
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“I‘m gonna read widely, ‘cause reading makes me unpredictable.” Advice tonight from Timothy Snyder, of whom I want more and more in the media/national conversation, please! (While YES to reading widely, I also wish every American would read this very short book at least once.)

VioletBramble This is a great book. It will be extremely helpful in the upcoming months. (Oh please, let it be just months, not years) After watching the Rachel Maddow show I‘ve been searching through my bookshelves for my copy. Haven‘t found it yet. 3y
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MrBook
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#BookNDinner! #Thai Edition! Part 2. Chicken Pad Thai with Thai iced tea. MMMmmm 😋! Happy reads and happy eats! 😎👌🏻

alisiakae Now I‘m hungry for Thai food. 🤣Which I love but can barely eat due to my coconut allergy. 3y
Sungirl79 That looks so yummy!! I need to get Thai food soon!!! 😊 3y
maich Yummy😋😋 3y
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MrBook
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#BookNDinner! #Thai Edition! Part 1. On this cold and dry night, I‘m enjoying some mild Crying Tiger, with beef, cucumber, lettuce, scallion, and some kind of really good lime sauce, along with some Thai iced tea. MMmmm 😋! Happy reads & happy eats! 😎👌🏻

KathyWheeler That looks delicious! 3y
TheSpineView Yum! 3y
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MegCaldwell
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Cuddled up on this MLK day to finish an important book. Be courageous, “if none of us our prepared to die for freedom, then all of us will die under tyranny”

Leftcoastzen Essential reading . 3y
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SleepyDragon
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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (5)

Short, easy read. Leaves room for hope. Everyone should read this book.
#Overdrive #VirtualMountTBR2019

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EchoLogical

"The president's campaign involved the promises of cutting taxes for everyone, eliminating the national debt, and increasing spending on both social policy and national defense...It is as if a farmer said he were taking an ?from the henhouse, boiling it whole and serving it to his wife, also poaching it & serving it to his children, & then returning it to the henhouse unbroken, & then watching as the ? hatches."

wanderinglynn That‘s an excellent analogy. 3y
Leftcoastzen Great post ! Important book. 3y
EchoLogical @wanderinglynn @Leftcoastzen I think so too. I'm currently reading my library's copy but I think I'm gonna go ahead and buy this one. 3y
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Christine
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It‘s sad that we need the insights and historical lessons within this book as much as, really more than, we did when it came out 2 1/2 years ago. But this is a hopeful and helpful book, with each chapter discussing a way to support truth and resist tyranny. I listened to it once and then promptly listened again. Highly recommended.

Christine Thanks for putting this back on my radar, @BarbaraTheBibliophage ! 3y
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Jen2
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The handbook for saving democracy.

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Jen2

Post truth is pre-fascism.

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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I read this short book back in early 2017. Lately (or every week since then), it‘s been coming to mind a lot. Found it on Scribd, so I‘m going to give it a listen. Might be the most important 1 hr. 47 min. book around!

My original review is here: http://thebibliophage.com/book-review-tyranny-timothy-snyder/

#readersresist #resistlist

Riveted_Reader_Melissa It was so good the first time, I bet a reread will be scarier! Good luck, I can‘t wait to see how it goes! 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I think so too. I‘m curious to hear the author read it too. 3y
Leftcoastzen Very nice review! It‘s a powerful read.I borrowed it from the library,should find a copy to own.direct ,smart and not sensationalized to the current “moment “. 3y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage @Leftcoastzen Thanks. It‘s worth having your own copy, if you found it valuable the first time through. 3y
Christine I‘ve almost read this so many times. Putting it on my list of books to get to in October. 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Christine It‘s so short, and worth every minute. Hope you agree! 3y
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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!! 3y
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ClairesReads
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Here I am...on the internet.

tpixie Well this internet space is special!!! 🥳📚🥳 3y
Chrissyreadit I think Litsy must be the exception! 3y
QueenJen It is a place top connect with books!😉📚 3y
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Redwritinghood Easier said than done. 3y
ClairesReads @Chrissyreadit @tpixie @QueenJen @Redwritinghood I think Litsy and Goodreads must be the exception 😊 3y
tpixie @ClairesReads yes! ♥️📚♥️ 3y
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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? 3y
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. 3y
Emilymdxn That sounds super fascinating! Great topic for young people to be studying. Whereabouts do you teach? 3y
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ClairesReads @Emilymdxn very relevant! I‘m in Auckland, New Zealand. 3y
Emilymdxn It‘d be great to have something like that in the Uk! Jealous. 3y
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) 3y
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 3y
ClairesReads @Emilymdxn oh that sounds interesting too! 3y
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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. 4y
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 4y
Leftcoastzen It was one of my favorites the year I read it . Concise and important,I wish everyone would read it. 4y
Weaponxgirl @Leftcoastzen yes! I‘m keeping a lot of those lessons in mind this year. Gonna be a tough one I think 4y
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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! 4y
Gaylagal2 @bookish_wookish I sent you an email Amy😉 4y
bookish_wookish Got it and emailed you back! 4y
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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! 4y
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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! 4y
Wife 👍🏻☕️ 4y
Tamra It was so cold this morning. You are tougher than I! 4y
RebelReader @Tamra It was cold! I ended up going back inside! 🤣 4y
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speljamr
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In light of current events, I cannot recommend this little book enough.

#resist

saresmoore 😫 4y
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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 4y
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reiko
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Brief but urgent.