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TIMOTHY SNYDER’S NEW BOOK LOOKS AT HOW DEMOCRACIES FALL APART, AND PLACES BLAME ON RUSSIA AS THE CURRENT INSTIGATOR.

“The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America"By Timothy Snyder

359 pages. Tim Duggan Books. $27.

Historians of the first half of the 20th century take little pleasure in today’s renewed interest in their subject. We don’t like the parallels between the West then and now: the rise of intolerant nationalist right-wing parties; the loss of faith in democratic institutions and the longing for a strong leader; the demonization of minorities like Jews or Muslims; or the unwillingness or inability of democracies to work together.

We are living in dangerous times, Timothy Snyder argues forcefully and eloquently in his new book, “The Road to Unfreedom.” Too many of us, leaders and followers, are irresponsible, rejecting ideas that don’t

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