The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America

Written by:
Timothy Snyder
Narrated by:
Timothy Snyder

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
April 2018
10 hours 10 minutes
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 by Russian propaganda and cyberwarfare. While countries like Poland and Hungary have made hard turns towards authoritarianism, the electoral upsets of 2016 revealed the citizens of the US and UK in revolt against their countries’ longstanding policies and values.

But this threat to the West also presents the opportunity to better understand the pillars of our own political order. In this forceful and unsparing work of contemporary history, Snyder goes beyond the headlines to expose the true nature of the threat to democracy. By showcasing the stark choices before us—between equality or oligarchy, individuality or totality, truth and falsehood—Snyder restores our understanding of the basis of our way of life, offering a way forward in a time of terrible uncertainty.
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Edgar C.

This is an excellent book with a very good historical analysis to understand current events, Snyder really provides the required insight into the reasons for the current invasion of Ukraine by Russia and the overall situation with the authoritarian push that is happening World around. I really recommend this book, I listened to it and Now I will most likely get the ebook to get a deeper understanding of the whole thing

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