Although a short book, this is a very important read. Timothy Snyder is an American historian who is able to pull together lessons from history on how to recognise and resist dictatorships and facism. Some reviewers feel that it is essential reading for all Americans. I disagree. I think it would be good if people of all nations could read it and learn from it.
Because it is a short book I don’t want to rob the author of his thunder by outlining all the content. However, just to give you a flavour of what it contains, I will summarise the chapter that had most resonance for me – Chapter 10 Believe in Truth.
Synder states that submission to tyranny happens when you renounce the difference between what you hear and see and what is actually the case. He then goes on to outline four ways in which truth has died in various societies, and how it is dying in America as you read this.