Fascism: A Warning

Fascism: A Warning

#1 New York Times Bestseller

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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    Fascism: A Warning Reviews

  • Jennifer Masterson

    4.5 ⭐! I felt like I was taking a history class on Fascism throughout the world. There is a lot of information to digest. A very timely book especially since she ties in Trump and Putin. High school...

  • Melki

    "It is easier to remove tyrants and destroy concentration camps than to kill the ideas that gave them birth." Harry S. TrumanMadeleine Albright knows a bit about Fascism. Her family was forced to flee...

  • Bill  Kerwin

    Have you ever looked at President Trump when he juts out his jaw in a pursed-lip scowl, and said to yourself: my God, look at him, he's a dead ringer for Mussolini? Have you then listened to what he s...

  • Jayne

    Received this ARC from Westwinds Bookshop, Duxbury, MAA timely read. Easy to understand. Recommend it to a High School student- our future voters should be aware of fascism and its followers....

  • Owlseyes

    Will We Stop TrumpBefore It’s Too Late?Fascism poses a more serious threat now thanat any time since the end of World War II.in: http://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/06/op...BUT, IS IT REALLY LIKE MUSSOL...

  • Gary Moreau

    Oh how I wanted to rate this book a 6. This is a timely book by a brilliant person who had a front row seat to the tragedy that was Europe in the Mid-20th Century. There is little doubt that the world...

  • Donna

    A brilliant book that is written in a conversational tone; reading it feels like sitting at the feet of a favorite teacher. Each chapter profiles a Fascist or autocratic leader from history and the co...

  • Lubinka Dimitrova

    It's funny how the same person can give us such a clear-sighted analysis of the various faces of fascism throughout the world, and still remain blind to the shortcomings and injustices perpetrated by ...

  • Diana Long

    The author has served her adopted country in several different areas previously and is highly qualified to stand by what she has written in this work. In the first chapter is an introduction to Fasci...

  • viktoria

    via Publisher's Weekly, 3/5/18: "Yes, it can happen here... After probing accounts of the fascist models of Mussolini's Italy and Hitler's Germany, she finds that toxic brew in present-day Venezuela, ...