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I don’t say this lightly. Fascism: A Warning by Madeleine Albright is one of – if not – the most powerful, insightful and educational books I have ever read. It’s more than just an echo chamber of my thoughts and feelings. Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright challenges all of us to test our assumptions about what we think we know about fascism.
She writes: “SOME MAY VIEW THIS BOOK AND ITS TITLE AS ALARMIST. GOOD. We should be awake to the assault on democratic values that has gathered strength in many countries abroad and that is dividing America at home. The temptation is powerful to close our eyes and wait for the worst to pass, but history tells us that for freedom to survive, it must be defended, and that if lies are to stop, they must be exposed.”
I have never considered myself political and have always respected the presidency when led by a civil servant, even when I didn’t agree with him on issues that were important to me.
With my research in documenting my husband’s grandfather’s life, a concentration camp survivor, I feel as if I’ve been called to act…to speak up…to make a positive difference…to defend our country with the skills I possess. Words. Sharing this review is not me inviting a debate that turns into hate, but rather recommending that we all test our assumptions. I encourage you to read this book with an open mind and open heart.
And then let’s reflect and have a conversation.
A Fascist…”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.”Fascism: A Warning by Madeleine Albright
Not into non-fiction? Then try 1984 by George Orwell.