A landmark work of contemporary history and a wake-up call that aims to restore our understanding of the basis of our way of life, from the author of international bestseller On Tyranny.
Timothy Snyder is Levin Professor of History at Yale University, and has written and edited a number of critically acclaimed and prize-winning books about twentieth-century European history- his most recent book, On Tyranny, was an international bestseller. Previous books include Black Earth, which was longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize; and Bloodlands, which won the Hannah Arendt Prize, the Leipzig Book Prize for European Understanding, the Ralph Waldo Emerson Award in the Humanities and the literature award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His books have been translated into more than forty languages.
A brilliant and disturbing analysis, which should be read by
anyone wishing to understand the political crisis currently
engulfing the world -- YUVAL NOAH HARARI, author of SAPIENS and
This story of how Russia dismantled democracy, and the man who set its template for fake news, is chilling and persuasive ... unignorable... a disturbing and persuasive insight... Snyder's forensic examination of, for example the news cycle that followed the shooting down of flight MH17 makes essential reading ... Meticulously researched and footnoted. -- Tim Adams * Observer *
One of the best...brisk, conceptually convincing account of democracy's retreat in the early years of 21st century -- Luke Harding * Guardian *
Snyder's central thesis is a strong one... Vividly and insightfully told. -- Edward Lucas * The Times *
A rollercoaster world calls for a news editor's skills in processing facts and a philosopher's ability to dissect ideologies. He has both. * The Economist *