The timeless classic prophetically written in 1935 by the Nobel Prize-winningauthor of Babbit, Arrowsmith, and Main Street. Lewis tells a chilling ...Show synopsisThe timeless classic prophetically written in 1935 by the Nobel Prize-winningauthor of Babbit, Arrowsmith, and Main Street. Lewis tells a chilling tale oftotalitarianism and the death of democracy in the United States.Hide synopsis
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A disturbing and dystopian book only a little less so than contemporary reality. Nonetheless, an important cautionary tale with great currency.
Lewis is a great propagandist and satirist, at times too broad, but I love him and his politics none the less.
Prescient work on the political situation. The main character, Doremus Jessup, is newspaper editor in a Vermont town. He is involved in politics from a media perspective, i.e. trying to be somewhat neutral in coverage, though wary of Buzz Windrip the presidential candidate and his minions who wrested control of the Democratic Party from FDR before WW II. Windrip promised lower taxes and a sizable income for every family, and less regulation. What happened was a totalitarian dictatorship as Windrip installed friends of corporations into government and Corpoism was established. Right to work laws were passed allowing companies to pay workers less and forced labor camps were established from which companies could get workers. Windrip's minions known as Minute Men were the enforcers and though not dressed in black or brown shirts acted like the minions of Hitler and Mussolini. I enjoyed it and feel every American voter should read it bearing in mind that the names have been changed do one needs to look at the policies of the parties,candidates, supporters and especially donors very carefully.
I bought this book to replace a long lost copy. Like all Sinclair Lewis books, a few words are dated as Mr. Lewis used 1930ish slang in some of his dialogue (luckily for me, I read this when my mother was alive and she provided definitions). Unfortunately, the chilling story is not outdated, so buy yourself a slang dictionary and read this book.
It Can't Happen Here... a phrase often repeated in a book that considers, well, what if it did happen here? A promise of a few thousand dollars to every citizen leads to the election of a dictator and the fallout includes everything from concentration camps to executions. Set in Vermont, this is a powerful novel in which Lewis suggests that it very much can happen here.
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