fascism

Review :

In Fascism: A Warning, Albright weaves her personal history with the history of the rise of fascism in Italy with Benito Mussolini and in Germany with Adolf Hitler in the early 20th century, then moves to more contemporary foreign affairs and dictators. She speaks from her own experience, while relating facts surrounding each fascist's rise to power, and later drawing from her time as Secretary of State.

As she progresses through 20th century history, it is impossible not to draw comparisons between the fascist leaders she examines and our current POTUS. Especially noteworthy was the acknowledgement that it was Mussolini who first forged a campaign to "drenare la palude" (drain the swamp).

This is likely the most important book I will read this year (or shall I say this term). As the philosopher George Santayana warned, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." Proving that I agree, I have been recommending this book to everyone who tries to begin a "can you believe what's happening" discussion with me.


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