Fascism by Madeleine K. Albright


#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 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 ...

Details Fascism

Release DateApr 10th, 2018
GenreNonfiction, Politics, History, Audiobook

Reviews Fascism

  • Will Byrnes
    Consider the testimony of a well-educated but not politically minded German who experienced the rise of the Third Reich: To live in this process is absolutely notto be able to notice it—please try to believe me. . . . Each step was so small, so inconsequential, so well explained or, on occasion, “regretted,” that, unlessone were detached from the wholeprocess from the beginning, unless one understood what . . . all these “little measure...
  • 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 teachers should make this required reading in my opinion.I listened to the audio. I think hearing the book read by the author, Madeleine Albright, made my experience with this book even more powerful.I will definitely read more books written by her ...
  • 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 says, and come to realize that he sounds a lot like Mussolini too?In this focused and disciplined book, Madeleine Albright draws upon her experience. In foreign affairs (as National Secirity Council member, United Nations ambassador, and first woman S...
  • Manny
    Madeleine Albright is an extremely clever, balanced and well-informed person. There's a lot of interesting stuff in this book, but the core question is the one you'd expect from the title: is Donald Trump a fascist? Albright, as noted, is clever and balanced, and she gives a clever and balanced answer: no, of course he isn't, but. It's the "but" that constitutes the warning.Albright, who was born in Czechoslovakia in 1937, sets the bar high when ...
  • 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 Czechoslovakia twice, before finally emigrating to the U.S. in 1949. Her maternal grandmother was murdered in a Nazi concentration camp. She has studied international relations, taught history, and served as Secretary of State. When she issues a war...
  • 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.
  • 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 is starting to look fearfully like it did at the beginning of those dark hours, starting with the tyranny of Hitler and Mussolini and culminating in the Cold War and the gulags of the Soviet Union.Figuratively speaking, this is really three books. T...
  • Louise
    I was disappointed. The book gives neither a clear description of fascism nor a solid warning. Fascism is presented through discussions with her students and sketches of authoritarian leaders. The warning is couched in words like I’m an optimist but I “don’t like what I see”.The book is still worth reading since the students have some good insights and (while most people who read this book will know how Hitler, Mussolini and other despots...
  • 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 their own "regime". And be THAT blunt about it:"I tell my students that the fundamental purpose of foreign policy is elementary: to convince other countries to do what we would like them to do. To that end, there are various tools at our disposal, wh...
  • 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 conditions that led to the rise of his power - Mussolini, Hitler, Chavez, Erdogan, Putin, etc. What was striking to me were the comparisons to Trump - not stated but obvious nonetheless. For example, it was Mussolini that first used the phrase, “drai...
  • Karen Witzler
    Former Secretary of State Albright gives a good overview of 20th century European fascism and relates it to our present crisis. Better than I expected.
  • Donald Powell
    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 ...
  • 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 Fascism and the proper use of the term as it relates to past and present governments. Also she gives a brief glimpse into her early years and why this information is so very important especially at this time. The next chapters gives the history of Benito M...
  • Paul Szydlowski
    This would have received a two-star rating were it not for the last few chapters. Until then, former Secretary of State Madeline Albright's book spent far too much time on the "what" of fascism, detailing the already well-known horrors and threats of demagogues past and present, including Stalin, Hitler, Mussolini, Erdogan and Duterte. That space would have been much better spent on the "how" and "why" of their rise to power - how did a Hitler or...
  • Pam Gary
    "Drain the Swamp" was an expression used by Mussolini, not an original from Trump. Actually Mussolini said "drenare la palude". (Drain the Swamp). I'm gravely concerned (it makes me cringe) when I hear the President of the United States adapting an expression used by a Fascist leader. Madeleine Albright's Fascism: A Warning, should be taken seriously. It is an overview of the history of Fascism throughout the world, individual profiles of Mussoli...
  • Pat
    An excellent book. Well written, well thought out, erudite, interesting. Madeleine Albright traces the history of fascism from WWI to the present time, including the leaders and governments of nations around the globe. A great history lesson! At age 80, Madeleine Albright is sharp and canny, her intellect undiminished by her age. Indeed, the book is made better by the lessons she learned from her own life experiences, which you don't gain overnig...
  • Richard
    A tour through fascism from Mussolini to the incipient fascism of Donald Trump. Madeleine is worried, you should be too.Here's hoping our institutions hold, but fascism comes creeping, it doesn't explode on the scene. Donald may be only the latest inch-along in the creep. Remember when that stood for Committee to Re-elect the President? Maybe that was a warning - hohoho.Anyway, a quick read, interesting private and public history, and as timely a...
  • Marks54
    I hope that I can think as clear and express myself as forcefully as she can when (if) I reach my 80th birthday. This is a marvelous book.Madeleine Albright is a former UN ambassador and US Secretary of State and is how pursuing an active career as a “former somebody” - her words. She has written a book warning of the threat from a reborn fascism that is apparent in political movements all around the world in the last decade. While Albright i...
  • Helga Cohen
    This is a timely book by Madeleine Albright. She knows a lot about Fascism. In this intensive book, Albright focuses on her experience in foreign affairs as National Security Council member, United Nations ambassador, and the first woman Secretary of State and also her memories as a child refugee from Czechoslovakia. She gives a history of fascism in the 20th century and warns about its dangers to the world and especially to America in the age of...
  • Jean
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Listening to Albright narrate her book was like visiting with her over a cup of tea. She described her families fleeing the Nazis and later the Soviets. Her personal story of her encounter with fascism made the book more relevant than just an academic textbook would have been.The book is well written and researched. I learned a lot from the book. To me it seemed Albright had trouble fitting in some of the current l...
  • Kat
    This book gives an excellent history on the rise of dictators in the last few decades, and why the United States could be headed in that direction if we aren't more careful. I thought Albright gave just context and history without being boring.
  • George
    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 devastat...
  • Anne Rioux
    It is hard to imagine a more accessible and necessary book for our times. My greatest hope is that everyone will read it and heed its lessons, for there is no greater antidote to tyranny than knowledge. Albright distills the essence of fascism by defining its basic elements and providing a tour of both its development in the 20th century (with Mussolini and Hitler) and its current manifestations around the globe. Although the label "fascism" trul...
  • Lis Carey
    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 e...
  • Grey Thornberry
    (disclaimer: this review is based on the audiobook, read by Albright.)I couldn't bring myself to read Fire and Fury or A Higher Loyalty, two recent books critical of the Trump presidency - not because I disagree, but because reading them felt like I'd be getting even deeper and dirtier into the mess that is the current White House. I needed some distance.Although Albright approaches the issue unsparingly, she does so obliquely through the eye of ...
  • Peter Mcloughlin
    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.
  • James
    The title and cover make this seem like a polemic, but it's more a full-throated defense of democracy, with some lessons from history. Very well written as expected. I read it in two sittings.
  • Michael Austin
    This book was entertaining, but disappointing. There is some useful information and a lot of interesting pieces, but it doesn't quite add up to a coherent thing. It feels more like an anthology than a book: some basic historical summaries of the careers of Mussolini, Hitler, and Franco followed by a collection of observations about current global hot spots, and finally an assessment of the current president of the United States. There is not a lo...