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The Origins of Totalitarianism
     

The Origins of Totalitarianism

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by Hannah Arendt, Nadia May (Read by), Nadia May (Narrated by)
 

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Recognized on publicaton as the definitive account of its subject and ten years later hailed as a classic by the Times Literary Supplement, this remarkable book has been foremost wherever the characteristics and problems of the twentieth century are discussed. Dr. Arendt's study begins with an account of the rise in the nineteenth century and continues with an

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Recognized on publicaton as the definitive account of its subject and ten years later hailed as a classic by the Times Literary Supplement, this remarkable book has been foremost wherever the characteristics and problems of the twentieth century are discussed. Dr. Arendt's study begins with an account of the rise in the nineteenth century and continues with an examination of European colonial imperialism from 1884 to the outbreak of World War I. The final section deals with the institutions, organizations, and operations of totalitarian movements and governments, focusing on the two genuine forms of totalitarian dominion in history - Nazi Germany and Stalinist Russia. Dr. Arendt discusses the transformation of classes into masses, the role of propaganda in dealing with the nontotalitarian world, and the use of terror, the very essence of this form of government. And in a brilliant concluding chapter she analyzes the nature of isolation and lonelines as preconditions for total domination.

The present edition includes all of the material in the 1966 "New Edition," together with the prefaces to the 1968 Harvest editions of Antisemitism and Imperialism.

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Library Journal
Schocken's is the first hardcover edition of Arendt's 1951 volume to be available in decades. The book begins its study with European anti-Semitism in the 1800s and moves up to Stalinist Russia and Nazi Germany, which the author fled in the 1930s. This edition sports a new introduction by Pulitzer Prize winner Samantha Powers. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781433206658
Publisher:
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date:
12/01/2007
Edition description:
Unabridged, 15 CDs, 19 hours
Pages:
15
Sales rank:
906,246
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 5.80(h) x 1.90(d)

Meet the Author

Hannah Arendt (1906-1975) was born in Hanover, Germany, fled to Paris in 1933, and came to the United States after the outbreak of World War II. She was editorial director of Schocken Books from 1946 to 1948. She taught at Berkeley, Princeton, the University of Chicago, and The New School for Social Research.

NADIA MAY is one of the pioneers of audiobook narration, with twenty-five years of recording and over 600 titles to her credit. Named one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices, she has won fourteen Earphones Awards. She is also a well-known stage actor in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she lives with her husband and two badly behaved dogs.

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The Origins of Totalitarianism 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A truly incredible piece of writing. The rigor of Arendt's intellectual quest should not be called admirable; it is an achievement. If only works like this could be had more often.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I once tried purchasing this book on CD but the media was corrupted. So it was a great surprise to see this in ebook format so I took the plunge and made the purchase. This book should be required reading for anyone concerned about how dictatorships arise. It's as timely today as it was when it was first written.
phi_6180339887 More than 1 year ago
The author analyzes the totalitarian movements and governments, the role of terror, propaganda and individual isolation.
Anonymous 8 months ago
In a time when comparisons to Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, et al flow freely, it is worth taking the time to remind oneself what they were about and how they came to power.
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