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On Tyranny : Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century

THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

'These 128 pages are a brief primer in every important thing we might have learned from the history of the last century, and all that we appear to have forgotten' Observer

History does not repeat, but it does instruct.

In the twentieth century, European democracies collapsed into fascism, Nazism and communism. These were movements in which a leader or a party claimed to give voice to the people, promised to protect them from global existential threats, and rejected reason in favour of myth. European history shows us that societies can break, democracies can fall, ethics can collapse, and ordinary people can find themselves in unimaginable

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circumstances.

History can familiarise, and it can warn. Today, we are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to totalitarianism in the twentieth century. But when the political order seems imperilled, our advantage is that we can learn from their experience to resist the advance of tyranny.

Now is a good time to do so.

Product details

Format

Paperback
| 128 pages

Dimensions

129
x 198
x 9mm

| 127g

Publication date
22 Jun 2017

Publisher

Vintage Publishing

Imprint
The Bodley Head Ltd

Publication City/Country

London, United Kingdom

Language

English

ISBN10
1847924883

ISBN13
9781847924889

Bestsellers rank

331

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