#1 New York Times Bestseller A personal and urgent examination of Fascism in the twentieth century and how its legacy shapes todays world, written by one of Americas most admired public servants, the first woman to serve as U.S. secretary of stateA 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, whichhistorically 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....
|Title||:||Fascism: A Warning|
|Number of Pages||:||304 pages|
|Url Type||:||Home » Fascism » Fascism: A Warning|
Fascism: A Warning Reviews
If you have only time to read/listen one book this year, make sure it’s this one. Madeline Albright has outdone herself with this comprehensive overview of how democracies can digress to a state of peril. It is never with a Big Bang, but very subtle. This book helps you get some perspective on how fascism rises and a glimpse of what we can do about it. I personally love the quote by dr. Albright: ‘I’m an optimist, but I worry a lot’.
Very, very well recommended.
Madeleine Albright was the first woman to be US Secretary of State, under Bill Clinton, appointed in 1997. A native of Czechoslovakia, born in 1937, her family had to flee the country for the UK to escape Hitler. Although they returned to Czechoslovakia after the war, ultimately they emigrated to the US in 1948.
What Albright didn't know until decades later was that her parents were Jewish converts to Roman Catholicism, making the need to escape even greater than she had known.
In a career as an a ...more
Madeleine Albright’s newest book, “Fascism: A Warning”, is a provocative book of profound meaning for increasingly dire times. As a former US Secretary of State, she has a lifetime of experience working at the heart of diplomacy worldwide. Her perspective has afforded her deep reflection about democracy, authoritarianism, as fascism, the latter which she sees deeply on the rise. She looks at what characterizes “fascism” — not an easy term to define because it is overused and often is incorrectly ...more
Will We Stop Trump
Before It’s Too Late?
Fascism poses a more serious threat now than
at any time since the end of World War II.
BUT, IS IT REALLY LIKE MUSSOLINI?
WHAT MAY HAPPEN IN THE CASE HE IS NOT STOPPED?
BUT, IS HE REALLY A FASCIST?
"So next time you hear someone label Trump a fascist, educate them."
I enjoyed the readability of this book. Instead of a political science tome, I pictured myself in Ms. Albright's classroom listening to a lively lecture, and at times it was as if she was in my living room. I liked the way she, and her co-author Bill Woodward, structured the book. She profiles Fascist and quasi-Fascist leaders, starting with Mussolini and working to current leaders like Russia's Putin, Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Hungary's Viktor Orban, Poland's Jaroslaw Kaczynski, and North ...more
This is an excellent book. I cannot remember a more balanced, thoughtful, insightful and objective discussion of governance than this work. It is impossible to paraphrase the discussion in a review, it should be read. Education generally and regarding particular issues is an essential lesson. Being involved and speaking out is another. There are so many lessons in this short book I will be mulling the ideas, hopefully, forever. This is a history book but with some analysis that is smart, balance ...more
The content is not novel for the times but the fact that this book has been written by an Clinton cabinet member of the foreign policy establishment should give us pause that she is worried that we are sliding into fascism under Trump. The sane parts of our country know what is happening and now bland elite policy wonks are using the F-word. Heed well.
INTERESTING, INFORMATIVE, IMPORTANT, AND VERY READABLE.
“The United States has had flawed presidents before; in fact, we have never had any other kind, but we have not had a chief executive in the modern era whose statements and actions are so at odds with democratic ideals.” (p. 5)
In her latest book, Fascism: A Warning, Madeleine Albright offers a very readable, insightful, and comprehensive look at the history of fascism, and it’s devastating impact on democratic ideals; and urges that we pay a ...more