Timothy Snyder is a Yale University professor of history where he studies Hitler, Stalin, and the history of Central and Eastern Europe. He recently published a slender book On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century, in which he seeks to share what he has observed about the choices leaders -- and regular citizens -- make that enable, or arrest, a government's slide toward authoritarianism. "We might be tempted to think that our democratic heritage automatically protects us from such threats. This is a misguided reflex. In fact, the precedent set by the Founders demands that we examine history to understand the deep sources of tyranny, and to consider the proper responses to it. Americans today are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism in the twentieth century. Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience." www.amazon.com/dp/0804190119/
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