This short, powerful book should be read by everyone. Immediately! It is 20 lessons from the twentieth century about tyranny and has been written as a direct response to the Trump presidency. Chilling. More importantly, each lesson tells you what you can be doing to combat this. It’s so good, and only takes an hour (or maybe a little more) to read (128 pages).
I loved that the lessons each give you a practical thing you can do to protect democracy, and combat the rise of tyranny and fascism. These range from supporting institutions to making eye contact and small talk with your neighbours. I loved so many of the lessons but it’s such a short book I don’t want to tell you too many in this review. It is a practical list of 20 things you and I should be doing. Each lesson is backed up with a twentieth century example of where failing to do this particular thing lead directly to the rise of a tyrannical regime.
History does not repeat, but it does instruct.
It’s super short, super smart snippets of analysis and advice and best of all it’s totally accessible. Read it, read it, read it!