Fascism

Fascism

A Warning

Large Print - 2018 | First HarperLuxe edition.
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The former U.S. secretary of state presents a timely, considered, and personal look at the history and current resurgence of fascism and the virulent threat it poses to international freedom, prosperity, and peace.
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2018]
Edition: First HarperLuxe edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780062836830
0062836838
Branch Call Number: 320.53309 ALBRI
Characteristics: x, 397 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
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Additional Contributors: Woodward, William 1951-- Author

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Maybe taking advice on fascism from a long-time new world order vampire is a mistake? Here is another example of fascism that unfortunately didn't make the cut into this book:

Lesley Stahl on U.S. sanctions against Iraq: "We have heard that a half million children have died. I mean, that’s more children than died in Hiroshima. And, you know, is the price worth it?"

Secretary of State Madeleine Albright: "I think this is a very hard choice, but the price–we think the price is worth it."

—60 Minutes (5/12/96)

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nidus
Jul 10, 2018

This is a very important book by a woman of high intelligence who cares about our country. I highly recommend it. I learned a lot about our foreign relations during the 20th century.

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clevylee
Jun 20, 2018

This book, written by a great teacher, should be studied in our schools and by all of us.

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tirjan
Jun 18, 2018

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.

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ghreads
Jun 12, 2018

This book examines the history of tyranny and Fascism, its causes and results. It begins with the rise of Fascism in the early twentieth century with Mussolini, Hitler and Franco and compares it to today’s state of affairs in several countries, including the US. The history is interesting; the parallels to the current situation in the US are alarming. The books ends with a list of questions we should ask about any candidate seeking our vote - non-partisan questions that would help identify Fascist tendencies.

The author draws on her experiences as a refugee from Hitler and Stalin's Czechoslovakia and as US Secretary of State under President Clinton for some interesting personal insight.

The book is well organized and well written. The primary lesson: democracy is a fragile institution requiring an informed, active and vigilant citizenry. Highly recommended.

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judyflute4
Jun 02, 2018

Madeline Albright has compiled a history of countries known by their fascist leaders who have gained power with strong armed talk and policies strikingly similar to Donald Trump's rhetoric and out of control actions. One cannot put down this book lightly-a true warning of how "fragile" our democracy is in with Trump's disregard for democratic rules. She finishes with warnings of how easily Fascism can subvert a nation, just one step at a time.

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StarGladiator
May 29, 2018

[UPDATE: To anyone who wishes NOT to remain ignorant on the fascism of necrophile, Albright, I would respectfully request that they read the book by America's greatest living thinker, Michael Parenti, entitled, To Kill A Nation. I recall the general information, but Mr. Parenti provides the salient details on what really transpired during that Great Privatizer's administration, Bill Clinton! And why oh why won't any of the so-called reporters in the PuppetMedia ever mention that Soros, who wants everything privatized, is cousin to Albright?!?!? Just like they would never mention that Reagan's George Guilder, once the rage, was the adopted son of David Rockefeller.]
[Should anyone doubt my comment below, please do a bit of research into Albright's lobbyist firm and their merging with Civitas.]
About the only thing worse than all these fake newsies reporting on fake news about fake news, are fascists writing books on facism!
Should anyone possess a poor memory, or have existed in a cave these past some years, a mob of thugs, described as a // Brooks Brothers mob \\ due to their expensive attire, unlawfully and thuggishly interrupted an election recount during the 2000 presidential election in Florida.
This mob of thugs would later be employed with Madeleine Albright's lobbying firm!
Get the point???
I am but a humble truth seeker, not some pandering bimbo who would stoop to reading a fascist's book!

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kpelish
Apr 08, 2018

Trump’s autobiography is out! ;-) Madeline Albright, former Secretary of State, mainstream journalist, and refugee from Nazism after the fall of Czechoslovakia, analyzes major fascist leaders as she warns about Trump and his supporters.
“If we think of fascism as a wound from the past that had almost healed, putting Trump in the White House was like ripping off the bandage and picking at the scab.”

She ends with a thoughtful viewing lens for vetting candidates: “…we should begin by discovering what our prospective leaders believe it worthwhile for us to hear.
--Do they cater to our prejudices by suggesting that we treat people outside our ethnicity, race, creed, or party as unworthy of dignity and respect?
--Do they want us to nurture our anger toward those who we believe have done us wrong, rub raw our grievances, and set our sights on revenge?
--Do they encourage us to have contempt for our governing institutions and the electoral process?
--Do they seek to destroy our faith in essential contributors to democracy such as an independent press and a professional judiciary?
--Do they exploit the symbols of patriotism—the flag, the pledge—in a conscious effort to turn us against one another?
--If defeated at the polls, will they accept the verdict or insist without evidence that they have won?
--Do they go beyond asking for our votes to brag about their ability to solve all problems, put to rest all anxieties, and satisfy every desire?
--Do they solicit our cheers by speaking casually and with pumped-up machismo about using violence to blow enemies away?
--Or do they invite us to join with them in building and maintaining a healthy center for our societies, a place where rights and duties are apportioned fairly, the social contract is honored, and all have room to dream and grow?”
“The answers to these questions will not tell us whether a prospective leader is left- or right-wing, conservative or liberal, or—in the American context—a Democrat or a Republican. However, they will tell us much that we need to know about those wanting to lead us and much, also, about ourselves. For those who cherish freedom, the answer will provide grounds for reassurance or a warning we dare not ignore.”

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