Summary

Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Road to Unfreedom, written and read by Timothy Snyder. 
The past is another country, the old saying goes. The same might be said of the future. But which country? For Europeans and Americans today, the answer is Russia.
Today's Russia is an oligarchy propped up by illusions and repression. But it also represents the fulfilment of tendencies already present in the West. And if Moscow's drive to dissolve Western states and values succeeds, this could become our reality, too.
In this visionary work of contemporary history, Timothy Snyder shows how Russia works within the West to destroy the West: by supporting the far right in Europe, invading Ukraine in 2014, and waging a cyberwar during the 2016 presidential campaign and the EU referendum. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the creation of Donald Trump, an American failure deployed as a Russian weapon. 
But this threat presents an opportunity to better understand the pillars of our freedoms, confront our own complacency and seek renewal. History never ends, and this new challenge forces us to face the choices that will determine the future: equality or oligarchy, individualism or totalitarianism, truth or lies.
The Road to Unfreedom helps us to see our world as if for the first time. It is necessary listening for any citizen of a democracy.
©2018 Timothy Snyder (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks
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"A brilliant and disturbing analysis, which should be read by anyone wishing to understand the political crisis currently engulfing the world." (Yuval Noah Harari, author of Sapiens and Homo Deus)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Alan R on 09-05-18

One of the few times I wish there was a sixth star

I finished this in just two sessions. Thank God for holidays, as it meant the peace to give this the attention it deserves.

Within 30 minutes of starting it, I had recommended it to a friend.

A relatively complex topic, explained with great clarity and precision.

A truly excellent book.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Nik Jewell on 24-04-18

Worrying Stuff

A difficult but rewarding book that combines two main approaches to its subject matter.

On one hand it is a work of political philosophy and intellectual history charting the growth of the oligarchic Russian state, its relation to the work of religious and political philosopher Ivan Ilyin and the rise of Putin as a neofascist self-proclaimed political messiah who will save Russia from a homosexual West, all framed within the author's distinction of the 'politics of inevitability' vs the 'politics of eternity’. The former is akin to Fukuyama's "End of History"; in the latter we live in a postmodern world where all politicians are lying, everything is fake news, people's faith in facts is undermined and the 'truth' becomes what is most convenient and useful for the state to want us to believe. This is all highbrow stuff and takes some concentration and re-listening to follow.

On the other hand the book is a journalistic work charting Putin's history and rationale behind interventions in Ukraine, his attempts to undermine the EU, and his role in the US presidential election. This latter is now the subject of a number of recently published works that, whilst providing further evidence and greater detail, lack the gravitas and context that Snyder provides.

[ I must confess though that I am still pondering the author's claim that Britain has never been a nation state despite the beliefs of its citizens and the role that this played in Brexit. ]

The author's delivery is a little wooden and it might have been better read by somebody else, but overall I enjoyed it immensely, learnt many new things and came away with plenty of food for thought and some considerable concern about where this is all going to end up.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Christian R. Unger on 15-05-18

Very dense but also accessible

A rather complex but accessible web of the way Russia attempts to exert influence around the world through disinformation. Clearly well researched, thoughtfully presented and just downright fascinating. The one thing that I keep pondering is how many are unwillingly made to carry out this agenda vs who is aware.

Well performed although some of the German words were clearly off but not that many in here and it did not grate.

Very interesting and very well presented.

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