On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder
The quickest read of the lot is the one that packs the most punch. Snyder’s little manual is an Art of War for today’s citizen, and on his end, a reaction to the current state of U.S. politics — though his words are eerily appropriate for the local arena as well: “If you carry a weapon in public service, may God bless you and keep you,” he writes. “But know that evils of the past involved policemen and soldiers, one day, doing irregular things.” Snyder supports each tip with historical parallels (starring dictators of the past 100 years), so you know to take him seriously. Sure, On Tyranny definitely isn’t conventional self-help, but we think it embodies what the genre should be: indisputably relevant.