Fascism: A Warning - Madeleine Albright

Fascism: A Warning

By Madeleine Albright

  • Release Date: 2018-04-10
  • Genre: Politics & Current Events
Score: 3
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Description

A personal and urgent examination of Fascism in the twentieth century and how its legacy shapes today’s world, written by one of America’s most admired public servants, the first woman to serve as U.S. secretary of state

A Fascist, observes Madeleine Albright, “is someone who claims to speak for a whole nation or group, is utterly unconcerned with the rights of others, and is willing to use violence and whatever other means are necessary to achieve the goals he or she might have.” 

The twentieth century was defined by the clash between democracy and Fascism, a struggle that created uncertainty about the survival of human freedom and left millions dead. Given the horrors of that experience, one might expect the world to reject the spiritual successors to Hitler and Mussolini should they arise in our era. In Fascism: A Warning, Madeleine Albright draws on her experiences as a child in war-torn Europe and her distinguished career as a diplomat to question that assumption.

Fascism, as she shows, not only endured through the twentieth century but now presents a more virulent threat to peace and justice than at any time since the end of World War II.  The momentum toward democracy that swept the world when the Berlin Wall fell has gone into reverse.  The United States, which historically championed the free world, is led by a president who exacerbates division and heaps scorn on democratic institutions.  In many countries, economic, technological, and cultural factors are weakening the political center and empowering the extremes of right and left.  Contemporary leaders such as Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un are employing many of the tactics used by Fascists in the 1920s and 30s.

Fascism: A Warning is a book for our times that is relevant to all times.  Written  by someone who has not only studied history but helped to shape it, this call to arms teaches us the lessons we must understand and the questions we must answer if we are to save ourselves from repeating the tragic errors of the past.

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Reviews

  • Fascism - A Warning

    5
    By Lbdina
    As someone who has suffered under Fascism herself, and as a longtime, high level diplomat and Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright is in a position to speak authoritatively on the subject of Fascism. It is well written, compelling, and right on target. The world is at a potentially dangerous crossroads and the direction looks darker than it has in recent memory. This book is a warning, as the title clearly states. We must be vigilant and work together to preserve the democracy we hold so dear. Fascism - A Warning is an important book and well worth reading.
  • Well Done.

    5
    By Rolex 2018
    This book is a fascinating piece of truth that we all should read in order to know the terrain of the 21st century. Though we wish, life in this age would be as simple as the a scene from a sci-fi world where we moved beyond economics, defeated poverty and restored order to all nations of the land, we see the ripple of fascism resting its ugly head even as I write this. We see governments attacking freedom of speech, war against the media and subjugate one group of people to overtly and covertly attack another group of people. The recreation of hysteria about foreigners (from the tyrants of the 40’s) being used in modern times to support the tyrants of this era. This book touched up on many point. I hope you will enjoy this book as much as I have.
  • She misses the point

    1
    By Docpresley
    As I read through these pages I become increasing alarmed at Ms Albright’s inability to see the secular left’s murder of the most people in modern history as the greatest ideological blemish on humanity. In part this book tends to remind me of someone warning about the dangers of Fascism right before Stalin or Mao began murdering their own people. The way the secular left is calling political opposition hate speech is strikingly similar to the first stages of labeling Jews as enemies of the state. Ms Albright inability to see who historically caused the greatest amount of human carnage and suffering is perhaps due to the fact she been partially seduced by its empty promises. To bad I had always respected her.
  • Garbage

    1
    By Dallomp
    Obama was the problem!
  • Fascism: A Warning

    3
    By Granja55
    Arrrrrggghhhh!!! I want the Audiobook for my iPhone!😉
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