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Fascism: A Warning

Fascism: A Warning

Author: Madeleine Albright
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Fascism is a nasty word and something most of us would have thought we saw the last of at the end of World War Two. However this book encourages us to think otherwise. This book begins with the task of defining fascism. The author outlines discussion with a class of her students at Georgetown University who find the subject complex. But in the end fascism is not so much an ideology  arises out of economic stress and is part of our human condition. A fascist leader is able to draw strength from population and fan the flames of their perceived injustice.
If you want a history lesson then who better to get it from than academic and ex US Secretary of State, Madeline Albright, who also has a personal link with the country of her birth, Czechoslovakia, and its wartime history. In the second part of this book, Albright focuses on the USA and leaves you without doubt about her thoughts regarding the current administration. In the end she is fearful but optimistic. She thinks that the United States will survive this but the real damage is being done to the relationships between her country and its allies,and the encouragement to would-be fascists elsewhere. This book changed my thinking about the current state of world affairs and has primed me to watch more astutely for the signs that she warns about.


#1 New York Times Bestseller

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.


Praise for Madeleine Albright: `One of the most diverting political bios in recent memory' Entertainment Weekly `Her portraits of foreign leaders are lively and evocative...The result is a book that creates a sense of policy made by real people' New Yorker "Madeleine Albright has written a different kind of memoir...It's Albright unplugged" USA Today "Albright is frank, assertive...straight-shooting' New York Times `Showing us villainy, heroism, and agonizing moral dilemmas, Albright's vivid storytelling and measured analysis bring this tragic era to life' Publishers Weekly `I was totally blown away by this book. It is a breathtaking combination of the historical and the personal. Albright confronts the brutal realities of the Holocaust and the conflicted moral choices it led to. An unforgettable tale of fascism and communism, courage and realism, families and heartache and love' Walter Isaacson `A riveting tale of her family's experience in Europe during World War II [and] a well-wrought political history of the region, told with great authority...More than a memoir, this is a book of facts and action' Los Angeles Times `A compelling personal exploration of [Albright's] family's Jewish roots as well as an excellent history of Czechoslovakia from 1937 to 1948...Highly informative and insightful...I can't recommend Prague Winter highly enough' Washington Post `In the crowded field of memoirs written by former secretaries of state, Madeleine Albright's books stand out...Albright is a charming and entertaining storyteller' New York Review of Books `Albright's book is a sprightly historical narrative of this long decade...Her account of the destruction of inter-war Czechoslovakia, both as a geographical entity and as an idea of democracy, first by the Nazis and then by the Communists, is balanced and vivid' Economist `The fascinating story of a remarkable person who has served her country well' Dallas Morning News

Author description

Madeleine K. Albright was the 64th Secretary of State of the United States and the first woman to serve in that position. She is Chair of the Albright Stonebridge Group and Albright Capital Management. She is a Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, Chair of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, and President of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation. In 2012, Dr. Albright was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, in recognition of her contributions to international peace and democracy.

Stock Information

General Fields

  • : 9780008282271
  • : HarperCollins Publishers
  • : William Collins
  • : April 2018
  • : 216mm X 135mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : April 2018
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Paperback
  • : 2018
  • : English
  • : 320.533
  • : 304
  • : Madeleine Albright