Fascism: A Warning

Fascism: A Warning

by Madeleine Albright
Fascism: A Warning

Fascism: A Warning

by Madeleine Albright


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062802200
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/29/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 78,964
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Madeleine Albright served as America’s sixty-fourth secretary of state from 1997 to 2001. Her distinguished career also included positions at the White House, on Capitol Hill, and as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. She was a resident of Washington D.C., and Virginia.

Table of Contents

1 A Doctrine of Anger and Fear 1

2 The Greatest Show on Earth 15

3 "We Want to be Barbarians" 29

4 "Close Your Hearts to Pity" 43

5 Victory of the Caesars 55

6 The Fall 65

7 Dictatorship of Democracy 79

8 "There are a Lot of Bodies up There" 95

9 A Difficult Art 109

10 President for Life 121

11 Erdogan the Magnificent 137

12 Man from the KGB 155

13 "We are Who We Were" 169

14 "The Leader will Always be With Us" 189

15 President of the United States 207

16 Bad Dreams 225

17 The Right Questions 241

Acknowledgments 255

Notes 259

Index 271

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