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A landmark work of contemporary history and a wake-up call that aims to restore our understanding of the basis of our way of life, from the author of international bestseller On Tyranny.

'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


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 reading for any citizen of a democracy.

Reviews

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

This story of how Russia dismantled democracy, and the man who set its template for fake news, is chilling and persuasive ... unignorable... a disturbing and persuasive insight... Snyder's forensic examination of, for example the news cycle that followed the shooting down of flight MH17 makes essential reading ... Meticulously researched and footnoted.

Tim Adams, Observer

Snyder’s central thesis is a strong one… Vividly and insightfully told.

Edward Lucas, The Times

A rollercoaster world calls for a news editor’s skills in processing facts and a philosopher’s ability to dissect ideologies. He has both.

The Economist

The Road to Unfreedom is a sprawling epic that veers from Dark Ages Kiev to modern day Washington and back again.

Oliver Bullough, Prospect

Snyder’s informative timeline of events on the ground in Ukraine is vivid, and offers a much greater understanding of how this conflict emerged than we got in most English-language news coverage

Katrina Gulliver, Spectator

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  • Trade Paperback

    9781847925275

    April 16, 2018

    Bodley Head

    RRP $32.99

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  • The Road to Unfreedom
    Timothy Snyder

    Paperback

    9781784708573

    March 19, 2019

    Vintage

    RRP $24.99

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  • EBook

    9781473556201

    April 5, 2018

    Vintage Digital

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