On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century (Paperback)
  • On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century (Paperback)

On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century (Paperback)

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Published: 02/03/2017
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Snyder’s incisive and timely manifesto against tyranny and dangerous philistinism draws lessons from twentieth-century history, exploring their disconcerting resonance in today’s world.

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 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.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781847924889
Number of pages: 128
Weight: 118 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 9 mm


The most coherent manifesto on confronting Trump… powerful. - Sarah Ditum, New Statesman

Snyder’s beautifully weighted book is the perfect clear-eyed antidote to [Trump's] deliberate philistinism … Always measured in their observation, 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 … You will read no more relevant field guide to that wisdom than this book. - Tim Adams, Observer

On Tyranny is a slim book that fits alongside your pocket constitution and feels only slightly less vital... Clarifying and unnerving… a memorable work that is grounded in history yet imbued with the fierce urgency of what now. - Carlos Lozada, Washington Post

Following paths trodden by Hannah Arendt, Czeslaw Milosz and Václav Havel, Snyder has written a manifesto for surviving the political rampages of our time with our rights and freedoms intact… Snyder’s book is addressed to the American reader, but its message is broader. Read in Budapest or Warsaw, it will have an especial resonance … Slim and accessible, On Tyranny is a book to read quickly, ponder slowly and pass on - Annabelle Chapman, Prospect

Urgent, indignant, winningly ragged in execution, On Tyranny is in the best tradition of polemical pamphlets. Timely agitprop, it offers some relief from Trump anxiety disorder. - Lewis Jones, Daily Telegraph

A chilling description of how authoritarian mindsets work - Hillary Clinton

Steeped in the history of interwar Germany, Snyder writes with bracing immediacy about how to prevent, or at least forestall, the repression of lives and minds. - Washington Post

We are rapidly ripening for fascism. This American writer leaves us with no illusions about ourselves - Svetlana Alexievich, winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize for Literature

On Tyranny will help you keep going for the next four years, or however long it takes. - Masha Gessen

He is undoubtedly a scholar of great distinction and authority… If more people follow Snyder’s injunctions to read newspapers, avoid falling for contrived online “scandals”, make friends across national boundaries and remember professional ethics then the world will indeed be a better place. - Michael Gove, The Times

In an erudite yet accessibly manner, with brevity and precision, Snyder draws on his prodigious knowledge of 20th century despotism to present 20 sobering lessons for dealing with the Trump phenomenon - Muhammad Idrees Ahmad, National

On Tyranny is [a] response to the rise of Donald Trump, although it is not, strictly speaking, about Trump, who is never mentioned by name. It is, rather, a primer in how to think historically - Ken Early, The Irish Times

A slim volume more like a guide than a tome of historical scholarship, though Snyder drew on 25 years of research and writing - Stav Ziv, Newsweek Europe

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This should be required reading for anyone who believes in democracy. But particularly as inspiration for young voters and as an antidote to voter apathy. Concise, punchy and imperative, this world of ours needs... More

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“Worth everybody's time”

I read this in one sitting. Its concise and intelligent.

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“Accessible, fascinating and inspiring”

Fascinating, prescient and frankly terrifying, Timothy Snyder draws parallels between the totalitarianism of the twentieth century and our present day. Snyder gives us twenty lessons on how to resist tyranny, using... More

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