It Can't Happen Here

It Can't Happen Here

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by Sinclair Lewis
     
 

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It Can’t Happen Here is the only one of Sinclair Lewis’s later novels to match the power of Main Street, Babbitt, and Arrowsmith. A cautionary tale about the fragility of democracy, it is an alarming, eerily timeless look at how fascism could take hold in America. Written during the Great Depression, when the country was

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It Can’t Happen Here is the only one of Sinclair Lewis’s later novels to match the power of Main Street, Babbitt, and Arrowsmith. A cautionary tale about the fragility of democracy, it is an alarming, eerily timeless look at how fascism could take hold in America. Written during the Great Depression, when the country was largely oblivious to Hitler’s aggression, it juxtaposes sharp political satire with the chillingly realistic rise of a president who becomes a dictator to save the nation from welfare cheats, sex, crime, and a liberal press. Called “a message to thinking Americans” by the Springfield Republican when it was published in 1935, It Can’t Happen Here is a shockingly prescient novel that remains as fresh and contemporary as today’s news.

With an Introduction by Michael Meyer and a New Afterword

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“Written at white heat.”-Chicago Tribune
Library Journal
Written in 1935, this political satire depicts the United States ruled by a President who slowly morphs into a dictator. It astonishingly mimics developments in Nazi Germany before they happened. The only other available edition is a $50 hardcover. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451465641
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/07/2014
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
219,736
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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