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I have read most of Timothy Snyder's books -- and seen him on tv. He is, in my view, extremely perceptive and clear in his views. This "graphic" addition offers added charm. A great present for folks concerned with where the world is today-- and how to navigate wherever it is going!
This book is a reminder to all of us that we have to pay attention, very close attention, to those we elect. Unbelievable just how close we are to what happened when Hitler and his gestapo took over Germany and much of Europe.
Demonstrates how past democracies were turned into autocracies and dictatorships. You Americans are already well down that road. You better get a grip before it is too late. Seems like too many of you have already drunk the Kool-aide.
Almost half way thought the Donald Trump bashing got to much and I tossed in a bottom shelf. A book full of hitler and Stalin is understandable, but when you add Trump and no other presidents the author’s bias is clear.
I am very disappointed in this graphic condition on the way it is displayed on the screen...in a very small landscape form, practically illegible, type to extremely small to read and just simply so poorly presented that I cannot read it. Very very disappointed!
This book had a lot of potential, then the author threw it away by turning it into an anti Trump rant. Still worse, he is exploiting the suffering of World War 2 and the Soviet Union under Stalin to promote his own partisan bias. He starts the book by discussing the mass killings by Germany during World War 2, and the mass killings by Stalin during the Purge trials. Then he states as fact that Donald Trump reached out to Russia to get elected, and declares that Donald Trump a fascist. Perhaps this author is a fervent Democrat, and perhaps he gets his news from CNN and the Washington Post. That is his right. Regardless, this is a revision of his book from 2021, and in 2019 the Robert Mueller Report established as a fact that there was no collusion between Donald Trump's campaign and Russia. Regardless of what false reality Timothy Snyder still wants to believe, he can't deny the fact that not one American ever was indicted for colluding with Russia, and by 2021 everyone knew that. Timothy Snyder's perpetuation of the Russia hoax is willful dishonesty by him. Still worse, his use of stories and pictures from the Holocaust and Stalinist Russia is exploitation of real crimes against humanity for cheap partisan gain among uninformed voters. For that Timothy Snyder should be condemned. That makes Timothy Snyder the real fascist, by his own definition. If Timothy Snyder's major point were to condemn tyranny, it is interesting that his book never mentions the word "socialism." The mass killings that he mentions were from two countries that called themselves socialist, but he never mentions it. World War 2 Germany was run by the National Socialist Workers' Party. Stalinist Russia called itself the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Yet Timothy Snyder never uses the word "socialist." If his real goal were to condemn all mass murdering tyrants of the 20 Century, it is further interesting that he never mentions Mao Zedong. Mao Zedong was a socialist. Tens of millions died during his Cultural Revolution and Great Leap Forward. Mao Zedong also started the Korean War. Today's suffering in North Korea is a legacy of socialism. Mao's own takeover of China was made possible because the Soviet Union under Stalin supported the Long March. Interesting that these facts are missing from a book that writes so much about the suffering of the Soviet Union under Stalin. The only good attributes of this book were the colorful illustrations by Nora Krug. Modern art with a touch of Bauhaus. She needs to find a better venue for her artworks.
The book gave me HOPE that even I, a disabled, retired U.S. citizen, can do something to stop the White Nationalism ignited by a recent President. White Nationalists scream for "freedom" but by its very definition, Nationalism does not mean freedom for ALL...as protected by the U.S. Constitution. This is why almost all Republicans mock and disregard the Constitution daily. Once they abolish the Constitution, they will have the power and everyone else loses their freedom.
If you don't believe that can happen in the USA, remember 9/11. We never imagined that could happen here. Foreign terrorist failed in their first attempt to destroy the World Trade Towers...then succeeded.
Domestic Terrorists failed in their 1st coup attempt on 1/6/21. How long before they succeed depends entirely on what each of us does today to stop them.
We must fight back in every way we can.
Read the book...then do whatever you can to save OUR democracy. I started by supporting American institutions like investigative newspapers who are NOW on the first line of our defense.