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Books in brief: On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder

"Snyder’s book is addressed to the American reader, but its message is broader"

By Annabelle Chapman   May 2017

On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century, by Timothy Snyder (Bodley Head, £8.99)

As Americans cope with the ascent of Donald Trump, the past offers a warning. “History permits us to be responsible: not for everything, but for something,” writes Yale history professor Timothy Snyder in his new book On Tyranny.

Snyder’s “20 lessons,” covering political parties, paramilitaries and propaganda, are drawn from Europe’s experience of fascism and communism, updated for the age of portable screens. Following paths trodden by Hannah Arendt, Czesław Miłosz and Václav Havel, Snyder has written a manifesto…

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