The Origins of Totalitarianism

  • by Hannah Arendt
  • Narrated by Nadia May
  • 23 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This classic, definitive account of totalitarianism traces the emergence of modern racism as an "ideological weapon for imperialism", beginning with the rise of anti-Semitism in Europe in the 19th century and continuing through the New Imperialism period from 1884 to World War I.


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A must read, for people interested in history.

Would you listen to The Origins of Totalitarianism again? Why?

Hanna Arendt gives us great insight into European history, espesially the period 1800-1950. Why the first generation of educated young Jews, leaves the profession of their parents, and become revolutionaries, and end up in gulags and concentration camps. She also lists the differences and similarities, between Nazi-Germany and Soviet-Union.

What other book might you compare The Origins of Totalitarianism to, and why?

"The Road to Serfdom" by F.A. Hayek
"In the Shadow of Satan" by Janusz Subczyski

What does Nadia May bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Clear and easy listening.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


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- Terje

Hard but interesting

Very thorough treatment of the subject that requires attention & concentration but well worth it
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- Ed

Book Details

  • Release Date: 27-11-2007
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.