#1 New York Times Bestseller A personal and urgent examination of Fascism in the twentieth century and how its legacy shapes todays world, written by one of Americas most admired public servants, the first woman to serve as U.S. secretary of stateA 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, whichhistorically 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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Fascism: A Warning Reviews
Madeleine Albright’s newest book, “Fascism: A Warning”, is a provocative book of profound meaning for increasingly dire times. As a former US Secretary of State, she has a lifetime of experience working at the heart of diplomacy worldwide. Her perspective has afforded her deep reflection about democracy, authoritarianism, as fascism, the latter which she sees deeply on the rise. She looks at what characterizes “fascism” — not an easy term to define because it is overused and often is incorrectly ...more
Madeleine Albright was the first woman to be US Secretary of State, under Bill Clinton, appointed in 1997. A native of Czechoslovakia, born in 1937, her family had to flee the country for the UK to escape Hitler. Although they returned to Czechoslovakia after the war, ultimately they emigrated to the US in 1948.
What Albright didn't know until decades later was that her parents were Jewish converts to Roman Catholicism, making the need to escape even greater than she had known.
In a career as an a ...more
I thought this book was mostly excellent, and timely. While it doesn’t pretend to be other than a personal view, that should not be taken to mean that it isn’t a well informed piece of work. Politically, it struck me as firmly grounded in the centre-right, conservatism in the more traditional mould — not my politics but a politics I can respect. It espouses an internationalist and cosmopolitan outlook that stands against the more extreme nationalism, nativism, and isolationism that can prove to ...more
"There are two kinds of Fascists: those who give orders and those who take them."
This is a spectacular book where Madeleine Albright recounts her childhood experience of oppression and talks about the similarities between fascism in Germany and Russia in the past compared to the present in the US.
Albright explains why her comparisons of Trump to Mussolini and Hitler and Lenin aren't hyperbole. She talks about the context in which oppressors have been allowed to rise and how unwavering dedicatio ...more
The author has served her adopted country in several different areas previously and is highly qualified to stand by what she has written in this work. In the first chapter is an introduction to Fascism and the proper use of the term as it relates to past and present governments. Also she gives a brief glimpse into her early years and why this information is so very important especially at this time. The next chapters gives the history of Benito Mussolini and how he came to power in Italy..next ...more
INTERESTING, INFORMATIVE, IMPORTANT, AND VERY READABLE.
“The United States has had flawed presidents before; in fact, we have never had any other kind, but we have not had a chief executive in the modern era whose statements and actions are so at odds with democratic ideals.” (p. 5)
In her latest book, Fascism: A Warning, Madeleine Albright offers a very readable, insightful, and comprehensive look at the history of fascism, and it’s devastating impact on democratic ideals; and urges that we pay a ...more
This would have received a two-star rating were it not for the last few chapters. Until then, former Secretary of State Madeline Albright's book spent far too much time on the "what" of fascism, detailing the already well-known horrors and threats of demagogues past and present, including Stalin, Hitler, Mussolini, Erdogan and Duterte. That space would have been much better spent on the "how" and "why" of their rise to power - how did a Hitler or Stalin persuade followers to carry out the unspea ...more
4.5 ⭐! I felt like I was taking a history class on Fascism throughout the world. There is a lot of information to digest. A very timely book especially since she ties in Trump and Putin. High school teachers should make this required reading in my opinion.
I listened to the audio. I think hearing the book read by the author, Madeleine Albright, made my experience with this book even more powerful.
I will definitely read more books written by her in the future.
Highly recommended! ...more