In this forceful and unsparing work of contemporary history, based on vast research as well as personal reporting, Snyder goes beyond the headlines to expose the true nature of the threat to democracy and law. To understand the challenge is to see, and perhaps renew, the fundamental political virtues offered by tradition and demanded by the future. By revealing the stark choices before us–between equality or oligarchy, individuality or totality, truth and falsehood–Snyder restores our understanding of the basis of our way of life, offering a way forward in a time of terrible uncertainty.
Timothy Snyder is is the Levin Professor of History at Yale University and IWM Permanent Fellow. He is the author of On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century, Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin and Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning.