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Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning

Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning


Book Overview: Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - "[Timothy] Snyder identifies the conditions that allowed the Holocaust--conditions our society today shares. . . . He certainly couldn't be more right about our world."--The New Republic

A "gripping [and] disturbingly vivid" (The Wall Street Journal) portrait of the defining tragedy of our time, from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of On Tyranny

ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR--The Washington Post, The Economist, Publishers Weekly

In this epic history of extermination and survival, Timothy Snyder presents a new explanation of the great atrocity of the twentieth century, and reveals the risks that we face in the twenty-first. Based on untapped sources from eastern Europe and forgotten testimonies from Jewish survivors, Black Earth recounts the mass murder of the Jews as an event that is still close to us, more comprehensible than we would like to think and thus all the more terrifying.

By overlooking the lessons of the Holocaust, Snyder concludes, we have misunderstood modernity and endangered the future. The early twenty-first century is coming to resemble the early twentieth, as growing preoccupations with food and water accompany ideological challenges to global order. Our world is closer to Hitler's than we like to admit, and saving it requires us to see the Holocaust as it was--and ourselves as we are.

Groundbreaking, authoritative, and utterly absorbing, Black Earth reveals a Holocaust that is not only history but warning.

New York Times Editors' Choice - Finalist for the Samuel Johnson Prize; the Mark Lynton History Prize; the Arthur Ross Book Award

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Timothy Snyder is an internationally recognized American historian and author, specializing in the history of Central and Eastern Europe with a focus on the Holocaust. Over the past several decades, his influential work has contributed immensely to the understanding of modern European history and global political affairs. Born in 1969, Snyder received his BA from Brown University and his D.Phil. from the University of Oxford, where he was also a British Marshall Scholar. Currently, he is the Richard C. Levin Professor of History at Yale University. Snyder's prolific career in academia is marked by numerous highly acclaimed publications, including "Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin," "Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning," and "On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century." These dynamic works have been translated into over 30 languages, shaping scholarly debates and molding public opinion on topics such as totalitarianism, democracy, and the historical significance of past events to contemporary societal issues. Considered a leading intellectual voice of his generation, Snyder's work transcends academic circles, reaching a wide audience through his frequent contributions to major media outlets. His articulate critique of contemporary politics, coupled with his deep commitment to historical integrity, establishes him as a significant figure in both scholarly and public discourse. As a prominent historian, a distinguished author, and a respected public intellectual, Timothy Snyder consistently echoes the past's importance in shaping a thoughtful and enlightened future.

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