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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 state
A 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 other means are necessary to achieve the goals he or she might have.”
The twentieth century was defined by the clash between democracy and Fascism, a struggle that created uncertainty about the survival of human freedom and left millions dead. Given the horrors of that experience, one might expect the world to reject the spiritual successors to Hitler and Mussolini should they arise in our era. In Fascism: A Warning, Madeleine Albright draws on her experiences as a child in war-torn Europe and her distinguished career as a diplomat to question that assumption.
Fascism, as she shows, not only endured through the twentieth century but now presents a more virulent threat to peace and justice than at any time since the end of World War II. The momentum toward democracy that swept the world when the Berlin Wall fell has gone into reverse. The United States, which historically championed the free world, is led by a president who exacerbates division and heaps scorn on democratic institutions. In many countries, economic, technological, and cultural factors are weakening the political center and empowering the extremes of right and left. Contemporary leaders such as Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un are employing many of the tactics used by Fascists in the 1920s and 30s.
Fascism: A Warning is a book for our times that is relevant to all times. Written by someone who has not only studied history but helped to shape it, this call to arms teaches us the lessons we must understand and the questions we must answer if we are to save ourselves from repeating the tragic errors of the past.
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About the Author
Madeleine Albright served as America's sixty-fourth Secretary of State from 1997 to 2001. Her distinguished career also includes positions on Capitol Hill, the National Security Council, and as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. She is a resident of Washington, D.C., and Virginia.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Important read for Americans interested in freedom and would only be disparaged by those whom it targets.
Dear Barnes & Noble, please only allow verified book purchasers to be able to write reviews. I've noticed way too many one star ratings for this book that I'm sure are not from people who actually read this book. They're just Republicans that want to assure the writer gets a low rating. How childish some people can be! I, on the other hand, did purchase this book and DID read it. It was an enlightening book and a wake-up call for all Americans who truly believe in our very fragile democracy and want it to stay a democracy.
This is a great book by a great lady of impeccable character.! An historical context of the current state of affairs in this country is vitally important. Facism is alive in this administration and it is terrifying!
Madeleine Albright's experience and wisdom inform us today. Great work! Sad that three people felt it necessary to post political (and one anti-Semitic) reviews.
I have only read the preview but so far it's chilling. Her grasp of and ability to convey history is remarkable. As I was reading about Mussolini's ascendancy to power in Italy, I was seeing all these similarities to Trump's attempt to tear down the institutions of our Democracy. I have seen the concentration camps, I have seen what humans can do to each other in the name of superiority. I have felt the screams of the victims of that inhumanity. I DON'T want that to happen here. If you don't read this book for insight, read something! Be aware and help keep our Republic on the right path.