The Road to Unfreedom by Timothy Snyder

The Road to Unfreedom

With the end of the Cold War, the victory of liberal democracy was thought to be absolute. Observers declared the end of history, confident in a peaceful, globalized future. But we now know this to be premature. Authoritarianism first returned in Russia, as Putin developed a political system dedicated solely to the consolidation and exercise of power. In the last six years, it has creeped from east to west as nationalism inflames Europe, abetted ...

Details The Road to Unfreedom

TitleThe Road to Unfreedom
Release DateApr 3rd, 2018
PublisherTim Duggan Books
GenreNonfiction, Politics, History, Culture, Society, North American Hi..., American History

Reviews The Road to Unfreedom

  • Henri
    "All of the virtues depend upon truth, and truth depends upon them all. Final truth in this world is unattainable, but its pursuit leads the individual away from unfreedom. The temptation to believe what feels right assails us at all times from all directions. Authoritarianism begins when we can no longer tell the difference between the true and the appealing. The cynic who decides that there is no truth is the citizen who welcomes the tyrant." F...
  • Michael Austin
    The Road to Unfreedom was not the book I was expecting it to be, which is not necessarily a problem, since the thing it was is at least as good as the thing I thought it would be. What I was expecting was a sort of parallel history study of Russia, the European Union, and the United States, showing how various global trends have influenced each of these entities in similar ways. What I got was a very learned history of Modern Russia under Vladimi...
  • Kiseruyoru
    You know what hypothetical book I'd really love to see? One co-authored between Snyder, Stiglitz and Chomsky. A few years of them combining their perspectives and knowledge could produce something fantastic. Meanwhile, in the real world, this is a solid book.In fact, it's easily the single best commentary on what the Russian thing means -- but just read the book, my personality will probably undermine the point.