First, I need to say that one should not read this like I did. I left it to long and then had to power read it to get it done so I could review it for NetGalley. THAT is not recommended. If I could, I would go back and start MUCH earlier and take 12 - 14 days to read this and really delve into the 12 lessons and then the several appendixes at the end. This book deserves way more time than I was able to give it.
That said, it was totally worth my time to read it. EVERYONE should be reading this book. There is some pretty horrifying stuff in this book - as someone who is a history buff, I was shocked at some of the stuff I was learning. You'd think that we, as Americans, would learn from our past and mistakes, but alas, no. We are doomed apparently to keep making the same stupid mistakes over and over. When WILL we get it through our heads that people who do not look like us are NOT INFERIOR TO US Sigh.
For the most part, this book is very easy to read. There are parts that I struggled with because, well, the author loves a big word. He REALLY loves a big word that no one but an intellectual has ever heard of [thank the heavens for the dictionary on the Kindle. That really, really helped with this book] and there were definite moments of W T HECK does that mean. But other than that, this book reads really well. There is absolutely no mistake what the author is saying here - it is laid out really well. Fascism is alive and well in this country and we, as those who are terrified by it, need to stand up and make a change. And well, if you read this and aren't horrified, chances are, you shouldn't have even bothered to pick this one up. The 12 lessons are laid out in a way that anyone can get and I spent a lot of time highlighting. SO much to unwrap and learn here. Some of the statistics he writes about made my blood both boil and then freeze in the veins. And I spent a lot of time shaking my head at just how disillusioned America has become. And how long the trail of that really extends behind us. And it is both exhausting and terrifying.
I highly recommend this book - there is a LOT of really important information in this book, and again, I think it should be required reading.
Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press/St. Martin's Griffin for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.