It Can't Happen Here

It Can't Happen Here

Downloadable Audiobook - 2008
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First published in 1935, when Americans were still largely oblivious to the rise of Hitler in Europe, this prescient novel tells a cautionary tale of the fragility of democracy and offers an alarming, eerily timeless look at how fascism could take hold in America. Doremus Jessup, a newspaper editor, is dismayed to find how many people he knows support presidential candidate Berzelius Windrip. The suspiciously fascist Windrip is offering to save the nation from welfare cheats, sex, crime, and a liberal press. But after Windrip wins the election, dissent soon becomes dangerous for Jessup. Windrip forcibly gains control of Congress and the Supreme Court and, with the aid of his personal paramilitary storm troopers, turns the United States into a totalitarian state.
Publisher: [United States] : Blackstone Audio, Inc. : Made available through hoopla, 2008
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781433222115
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (13hr., 01 min.)) : digital
Additional Contributors: Hurt, Christopher 1959-
Alternative Title: hoopla digital


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ArapahoeMarina Sep 18, 2017

Lewis' creeping social horror of a novel charts the rise of a populist leader and the transformation of America from a democracy to an authoritarian nation. Engrossing and dense, it's worth a read if you liked Omar El Akkad's "American War."

VaughanPLZena Jan 29, 2017

This is the dystopian novel that foreshadows Donald Trump, not 1984 in which Orwell bases his future society on the Soviet Union of 1948. Here is America in 1936 electing a demagogue for President. This leader comes complete with a storm trooper- like army of thugs, suspension of civil liberties and the constitution. Realistic and chilling.

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