On Tyranny - Timothy Snyder

On Tyranny

By Timothy Snyder

  • Release Date: 2017-02-28
  • Genre: Political Science
Score: 4.5
From 309 Ratings


#1 New York Times Bestseller • A historian of fascism offers a guide for surviving and resisting America's turn towards authoritarianism.

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


  • Wake Up!

    By Longjing54
    Snyder’s pamphlet is as direct and pithy as Strunk and White’s Elements of Style. And in present-day world politics, it is as important as Elements is in becoming a good writer. It offers concrete and useful advice for recognizing the rise of tyranny and for resisting and reversing it. Snyder champions the kind of thought that led the Buddha to teach “if you meet the Buddha, kill the Buddha”—that is, observe carefully, think deeply, act wisely in consequence of personal observation and independent, critical thought. Be active, not passive. Engage with those around you and also with those distant from you. An excellent and timely read.
  • Thought provoking

    By Sarajsh
    A timely book to open eyes and start the thought process. An important book at a critical time in American politics. No matter where you stand, no one can deny that things are very different and moving fast..but to where?

    First of all, the book is really great. However, I found the popularity of these lessons merely shows the naivete of the Amercian society. The United States and its people barely suffered in the twenitieth century, so Americans become so naive and gullible. That’s why Donald Trump was elected. Now history is back with a vengeance, maybe it’s time for an American tragedy.
  • Prophetic

    By Property location
    There is an old Chinese curse, "may you live in interesting times." On Tyranny exposes questions about our time. It is worth a read with a critical mind. It ain't the answer but a critical signpost.
  • May the truth set you free.

    By Robquix
    This book has hit home. After 72 years of life, I now truly feel our Nation is being threatened from within. This book was a wake up call, a must read We must stop being pacifist, to be proactive. Find truth. The author has hit the mark. God help us!
  • Lenin is alive and one of his names is Snyder.

    By Fanya Yefimovna Kaplan
    This is a political proclamation in the style of the Russian Communist Party. The history is distorted, the conclusions are skewed, the intent is clear from page one the facts and context playing no role in producing this piece of propaganda. Could not give this production zero or negative rate to post the feedback.
  • tinfoil hat brigade manifesto

    By Gregoire2125
    Reads like a rushed blog rant bursting with bad analogies . "communism and fascism were a direct response to globalization " . Really? Lenin's rise had nothing to do with Russia being decimated in WWI ? " extremely thin discussions on the factors in place that helped fuel the rise of actual tyrants . This is mandatory reading for the tinfoil hat brigade. For everyone else that is my part of the problem , you can save your money .
  • Must Read for Everyone

    By RTjames
    This book displays in a coherent and concise manner the importance of identifying tyrannical processes that can corrupt democratic institutions and ruin the lives of citizens. It is a must read for any student and all who believe in democracy.
  • On Tyranny

    By Keith Ellison
    I have been recommending On Tyranny to everyone who will listen. It's short, digestible, and yet weighty. I have plucked out sections and talked with folks for hours with people about each of them. It is not alarmist to be really concerned about this moment in American history. We could slip, fall, migrate, or whatever into tyranny. It seems the ingredients are there. On Tyranny shines a light, offers a warning.
  • Timely read

    By Chico33
    Usually the 5 star ratings help me to decide if I'm interested in a book to read. In this case it was the one star ratings. Comparing Trump to Hitler! How dare they!