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On tyranny : twenty lessons from the twentieth century  Cover Image Book Book

On tyranny : twenty lessons from the twentieth century / Timothy Snyder ; illustrated by Nora Krug.

Snyder, Timothy, (author.). Krug, Nora, (illustrator.). Ten Speed Press. (Added Author).

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  • ISBN: 9781984860392
  • ISBN: 1984860399
  • ISBN: 9781984859150
  • ISBN: 1984859153
  • Physical Description: 127 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm
  • Edition: First graphic edition.
  • Publisher: California : Ten Speed Press, [2021]

Content descriptions

General Note:
"Originally published in paperback in different form by Tim Duggan Books, an imprint of Random House, a division of Penguin Random House LLC in 2017"--Colophon.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references.
Formatted Contents Note:
Do not obey in advance -- Defend institutions -- Beware the one-party state -- Take responsibility for the face of the world -- Remember professional ethics -- Be wary of paramilitaries -- Be reflective if you must be armed -- Stand out -- Be kind to our language -- Believe in truth -- Investigate -- Make eye contact and small talk -- Practice corporeal politics -- Establish a private life -- Contribute to good causes -- Learn from peers in other countries -- Listen for dangerous words -- Be calm when the unthinkable arrives -- Be a patriot -- Be as courageous as you can.
Summary, etc.:
The author argues that American society is leaning toward despotism and totalitarianism and looks back at the 20th century for examples of how totalitarianism has taken over before.
"Timothy Snyder's New York Times bestseller On Tyranny uses the darkest moments in twentieth-century history, from Nazism to Communism, to teach twenty lessons on resisting modern-day authoritarianism. Among the twenty include a warning to be aware of how symbols used today could affect tomorrow ('4: Take responsibility for the face of the world'), an urgent reminder to research everything for yourself and to the fullest extent ('11: Investigate'), a point to use personalized and individualized speech rather than clich├ęd phrases for the sake of mass appeal ('9: Be kind to our language'), and more. In this graphic edition, Nora Krug draws from her highly inventive art style in Belonging--at once a graphic memoir, collage-style scrapbook, historical narrative, and trove of memories--to breathe new life, color, and power into Snyder's riveting historical references, turning a quick-read pocket guide of lessons into a visually striking rumination. In a time of great uncertainty and instability, this edition of On Tyranny emphasizes the importance of being active, conscious, and deliberate participants in resistance."-- description.
Subject: Totalitarianism.
History, Modern > 20th century.
Political ethics.
Political culture > United States.
Democracy > United States.
COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Nonfiction / General.
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Civics & Citizenship.
History, Modern.
Political culture.
Political ethics.
United States.
Genre: Graphic novels.
Graphic novels.
Comics (Graphic works)
Educational comics.
Nonfiction comics.

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East Grand Forks Campbell Library 321.9 SNYDER 2021 (Text) 521241 Non-Fiction Available -

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