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On Tyranny (graphic edition) - Timothy Snyder, Nora Krug (BONUS)

On Tyranny (graphic edition) - Timothy Snyder, Nora Krug (BONUS)

Penguin Random House

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Timothy Snyder is a professor of history at Yale University in the U.S. "On Tyranny" first appeared in 2017 as a short book, an essay, really, about tyranny and how we may prevent its spread. This larger format edition is beautifully illustrated by the German cartoonist Nora Krug (see some pictures on the book page!). The book draws on the history of the 20th century - mostly based on the experiences of Germany and Russia - to distil 20 lessons for the present. As Snyder states in an interview with the Guardian, "One of our big problems at the moment is that we find it hard to imagine a viable future. Art and literature enable us to flex those imaginative muscles." This fascinating read helps us draw parallels between our troubled past and (no less?) troubled present. The beautiful illustrations make the words speak to you on a deeper level…. And maybe, who knows, can inspire you to imagine a way to make this world a better place.

Publisher's description

Timothy Snyder’s New York Times bestseller On Tyranny uses the darkest moments in twentieth-century history, from Nazism to Communism, to teach twenty lessons on resisting modern-day authoritarianism. Among the twenty include a warning to be aware of how symbols used today could affect tomorrow (“4: Take responsibility for the face of the world”), an urgent reminder to research everything for yourself and to the fullest extent (“11: Investigate”), a point to use personalized and individualized speech rather than clichéd phrases for the sake of mass appeal (“9: Be kind to our language”), and more.

In this graphic edition, Nora Krug draws from her highly inventive art style in Belonging—at once a graphic memoir, collage-style scrapbook, historical narrative, and trove of memories—to breathe new life, color, and power into Snyder’s riveting historical references, turning a quick-read pocket guide of lessons into a visually striking rumination. In a time of great uncertainty and instability, this edition of On Tyranny emphasizes the importance of being active, conscious, and deliberate participants in resistance.

Praise and awards

“Nora Krug has visualized and rendered some of the most valuable lessons of the twentieth century, which will serve all citizens as we shape the future.”—Shepard Fairey, artist and activist

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