Fascism: A Warning
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Fascism: A Warning

Madeleine Albright

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Fascism: A Warning

Madeleine Albright

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A personal and urgent examination of Fascism in the twentieth century and how its legacy shapes today's world, written by one of the most admired public servants in American history, the first woman to serve as U.S. secretary of state

A Fascist, observed Madeleine Albright, "is someone who claims to speak for a whole nation or group, is utterly unconcerned with the rights of others, and is willing to use violence and whatever other means are necessary to achieve the goals he or she might have."

The twentieth century was defined by the clash between democracy and Fascism, a struggle that created uncertainty about the survival of human freedom and left millions dead. Given the horrors of that experience, one might expect the world to reject the spiritual successors to Hitler and Mussolini should they arise in our era. Fascism: A Warning is drawn from Madeleine Albright's experiences as a child in war-torn Europe and her distinguished career as a diplomat to question that assumption.

Fascism, as she shows, not only endured through the twentieth century but now presents a more virulent threat to peace and justice than at any time since the end of World War II.The momentum toward democracy that swept the world when the Berlin Wall fell has gone into reverse.The United States, whichhistorically championed the free world, is led by a president who exacerbates division and heaps scorn on democratic institutions.In many countries, economic, technological, and cultural factors are weakening the political center and empowering the extremes of right and left.Contemporary leaders such as Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un are employing many of the tactics used by Fascists in the 1920s and 30s.

Fascism: A Warning is a book for our times that is relevant to all times.Writtenby someone who not only studied history but helped to shape it, this call to arms teaches us the lessons we must understand and the questions we must answer if we are to save ourselves from repeating the tragic errors of the past.

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The pagination of this digital edition does not match the print edition from which the index was created. To locate a specific entry, please use your ebook reader’s search tools.
Adams, John Quincy, 209
Afghanistan, 97, 111, 117
Africa, governments of, 113
See also Rhodesia; South Africa; specific countries
Albania, 25, 49, 84
Kosovo and, 101–2, 103, 104
Albright, Madeleine, 185, 235
American troops in England and (1944), 208
Babiơ, impression of, 183–84
Bush’s relationship with, 244–45
in Carter’s White House, 123
ChĂĄvez and, 121, 122, 126
as secretary of state, 102, 126, 143, 171, 195, 213, 245, 255
Cold War and worldview of, 156–57
Community of Democracies conference, 106–7
on the EU, 180
family members murdered in the Holocaust, 2, 66
family returns to Czechoslovakia (1945–48), 82–87
family travels to America (1948), 1, 87, 185
family’s escape to London (1939), 1, 67
father of (see Korbel, Josef)
on fundamental purpose of foreign policy, 200–201
at Georgetown University, Walsh School, 218, 232–37, 248–49
German bombing of Britain and, 67–69
on globalism and cooperation, 217–18
Gulen Institute and, 148
human rights work, 213–14
Hungary welcomed into NATO and, 171
as immigrant in America, 2–3, 185
on immigration issues, 187
Kim Dae-jung and, 214
Kosovo crisis and Miloơević, 101–5, 196
on NATO, 218
as NDI chair, 109–11
in presidential campaigns, 116
Putin and, 158–59, 167
Pyongyang visit and meetings with Kim Jong-il, 195–99
remarks at Bush Institute event, October 2017, 245
staff member, Carter White House, 123
study of Eastern Europe, 3
survey of attitudes regarding democracy and free enterprise, 157
think tank projects and, 247
Trump’s presidency, analysis, 216–24, 245–46
on Turkey and Erdoğan, 143–45, 151
as UN ambassador, 97, 213–14
Alfonso XIII, King of Spain, 49
Aliyev, Ilham, 244
Alvarado, Juan Velasco, 123–24
America First Committee (AFC), 216
American Blackshirts, 235
American People’s Party, 226
Angola, 97
Anthony, Susan B., 126
anti-Semitism, 56
in Germany, 33, 80
in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia, 65
Mosley and Fascism in Britain, 58
Pelley and the Silver Legion, 61
Protocols of the Elders of Zion, 92
in the Soviet Union, 80, 89