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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.
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.
"Mr. Snyder is a rising public intellectual unafraid to make bold connections between past and present." —The New York Times
Americans call the Second World War "The Good War."But before it even began, America's wartime ally Josef Stalin had killed millions of his own citizens--and kept killing them during and after the war. Before Hitler was finally defeated, he had murdered six million Jews and nearly as many other Europeans. At war's end, both the German and the Soviet killing sites fell behind the iron curtain, leaving the history of mass killing in darkness.
Bloodlands is a new kind of European history, presenting the mass murders committed by the Nazi and Stalinist regimes as two aspects of a single history, in the time and place where they occurred: between Germany and Russia, when Hitler and Stalin both held power. Assiduously researched, deeply humane, and utterly definitive, Bloodlands will be required reading for anyone seeking to understand the central tragedy of modern history.
Bloodlands won twelve awards including the Emerson Prize in the Humanities, a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Leipzig Award for European Understanding, and the Hannah Arendt Prize in Political Thought. It has been translated into more than thirty languages, was named to twelve book-of-the-year lists, and was a bestseller in six countries.
“A brilliant analysis of our time.”—Karl Ove Knausgaard, The New Yorker
With the end of the Cold War, the victory of liberal democracy seemed final. Observers declared the end of history, confident in a peaceful, globalized future. This faith was misplaced. Authoritarianism returned to Russia, as Putin found fascist ideas that could be used to justify rule by the wealthy. In the 2010s, it has spread from east to west, aided by Russian warfare in Ukraine and cyberwar in Europe and the United States.
Russia found allies among nationalists, oligarchs, and radicals everywhere, and its drive to dissolve Western institutions, states, and values found resonance within the West itself. The rise of populism, the British vote against the EU, and the election of Donald Trump were all Russian goals, but their achievement reveals the vulnerability of Western societies.
In this forceful and unsparing work of contemporary history, based on vast research as well as personal reporting, Snyder goes beyond the headlines to expose the true nature of the threat to democracy and law. To understand the challenge is to see, and perhaps renew, the fundamental political virtues offered by tradition and demanded by the future. By revealing the stark choices before us--between equality or oligarchy, individuality or totality, truth and falsehood--Snyder restores our understanding of the basis of our way of life, offering a way forward in a time of terrible uncertainty.
On December 29, 2019, historian Timothy Snyder fell gravely ill. Unable to stand, barely able to think, he waited for hours in an emergency room before being correctly diagnosed and rushed into surgery. Over the next few days, as he clung to life and the first light of a new year came through his window, he found himself reflecting on the fragility of health, not recognized in America as a human right but without which all rights and freedoms have no meaning.
And that was before the pandemic. We have since watched American hospitals, long understaffed and undersupplied, buckling under waves of ill patients. The federal government made matters worse through willful ignorance, misinformation, and profiteering. Our system of commercial medicine failed the ultimate test, and thousands of Americans died.
In this eye-opening cri de coeur, Snyder traces the societal forces that led us here and outlines the lessons we must learn to survive. In examining some of the darkest moments of recent history and of his own life, Snyder finds glimmers of hope and principles that could lead us out of our current malaise. Only by enshrining healthcare as a human right, elevating the authority of doctors and medical knowledge, and planning for our children’s future can we create an America where everyone is truly free.
Timothy Snyder's New York Times bestseller On Tyranny uses the darkest moments in twentieth-century history, from Nazism to Communism, to teach twenty lessons on resisting modern-day authoritarianism. Among the twenty include a warning to be aware of how symbols used today could affect tomorrow ("4: Take responsibility for the face of the world"), an urgent reminder to research everything for yourself and to the fullest extent ("11: Investigate"), a point to use personalized and individualized speech rather than cliched phrases for the sake of mass appeal ("9: Be kind to our language"), and more.
In this graphic edition, Nora Krug draws from her highly inventive art style in Belonging--at once a graphic memoir, collage-style scrapbook, historical narrative, and trove of memories--to breathe new life, color, and power into Snyder's riveting historical references, turning a quick-read pocket guide of lessons into a visually striking rumination. In a time of great uncertainty and instability, this edition of On Tyranny emphasizes the importance of being active, conscious, and deliberate participants in resistance.
Em uma época em que a ascensão do populismo e do autoritarismo assombra a democracia, Snyder mergulha na história russa, ucraniana, europeia e norte-americana para entender como chegamos aqui.
Na contramão da liberdade é a tentativa de Timothy Snyder de entender o novo tipo de autoritarismo que emergiu de um conjunto de eventos interligados mundialmente, da Rússia aos Estados Unidos, em uma época em que a factualidade em si foi posta em xeque.
Essa vigorosa obra de história contemporânea é baseada em uma vasta pesquisa e atravessada pela experiência pessoal do autor. Costurando fontes em russo, ucraniano, polonês, alemão, francês e inglês, Snyder vai além das manchetes para expor a verdadeira natureza da ameaça à democracia e aos direitos individuais.
Cada capítulo é dedicado a um ano e a um episódio em particular — a volta do pensamento totalitário (2011); o colapso da política democrática na Rússia (2012); o ataque russo à União Europeia (2013); a revolução na Ucrânia e a subsequente invasão russa (2014); a difusão da ficção política na Rússia, na Europa e nos Estados Unidos (2015); e a eleição de Donald Trump para a presidência norte-americana (2016).
"Estamos rapidamente caminhando para o fascismo. Snyder nos deixa sem ilusões sobre nós mesmos." — Svetlana Aleksiévitch, vencedora do prêmio Nobel de literatura em 2015
"Uma análise brilhante e perturbadora, indispensável para entender a crise política que assola o mundo." — Yuval Noah Harari, autor de Sapiens e Homo Deus
Neste épico de extermínio e sobrevivência, Timothy Snyder apresenta uma nova explicação sobre o Holocausto e revela os riscos que corremos no século XXI. Com base em novas fontes e testemunhos, Terra negra descreve o extermínio de judeus como um evento mais compreensível do que gostaríamos de admitir, e por isso mais aterrorizante.
O início do século XXI se parece com o início do século XX na medida em que preocupações crescentes com alimentos e água acompanham desafios ideológicos à ordem global. Nosso mundo se aproxima do de Hitler, e preservá-lo pede que encaremos o Holocausto como ele foi. Inovador e envolvente, Terra negra revela um Holocausto que não é apenas história, mas também advertência.