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It Can't Happen Here
Narrated by Christopher Hurt
Written by Sinclair Lewis

"In 1935, Sinclair Lewis published It Can’t Happen Here, a novel which imagined fascism coming to the U.S. The movement’s leader is Buzz Windrip, a populist demagogue who promises 'to make America a proud, rich land again,' punish nations that defy him, and raise wages very high while keeping prices very low.

Windrip is a demagogic huckster, 'an inspired guesser at what political doctrines the people would like,' who understands how to manipulate the media and considers the truth an irrelevancy. His constituency of economically dispossessed white men cheers his xenophobic nationalism and preposterous promises. After he wins the 1936 election, Windrip moves to assert control over the press, lock up his opponents, and put competent businessmen in charge of the country."   - Jacob Weisberg (Slate)

"Americans have seen this leader before. Boastful, deceptive, crudely charismatic. Dabbling in xenophobia and sexism, contemptuous of the rule of law, he spouts outlandish proposals that cater to the lowest instincts of those angry or frightened enough to back him. He wins the nation’s top office, triggering fears of an authoritarian, even fascistic U.S. government." - Carlos Lozada (Washington Post)

NOTE: This book is written at college/university level English).

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