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It Can't Happen Here Audiobook

It Can't Happen Here

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Publisher's Summary

First published in 1935, when Americans were still largely oblivious to the rise of Hitler in Europe, this prescient novel tells a cautionary tale about the fragility of democracy and offers an alarming, eerily timeless look at how fascism could take hold in America.

Doremus Jessup, a newspaper editor, is dismayed to find that many of the people he knows support presidential candidate Berzelius Windrip. The suspiciously fascist Windrip is offering to save the nation from sex, crime, welfare cheats, and a liberal press. But after Windrip wins the election, dissent soon becomes dangerous for Jessup. Windrip forcibly gains control of Congress and the Supreme Court and, with the aid of his personal paramilitary storm troopers, turns the United States into a totalitarian state.

©1935 Sinclair Lewis. © renewed 1963 by Michael Lewis (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • David S. Mathew
    21/11/16
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    "The Rise of American Authoritarianism"

    Written in 1935, Sinclair Lewis' novel follows newspaper man Doremus Jessup as he documents the rise of "Buzz" Windrip to the U.S. presidency. Windrip campaigns on an openly racist, misogynistic, and nationalistic platform promising to make Great Depression era America great again. Windrip's eventually beats FDR in the election and quickly turns the Presidency a violent dictatorship, creating a Nazi Germany clothed in red, white, and blue.

    I won't get too political here, but it's not hard to see some similarities to modern times in this novel. Grover Gardner's voice is flawless for this sort of novel and fans of 1984, Fahrenheit 451, and Brave New World will certainly find this story no less fascinating. This is true lost classic and possibly one of the most important novels Americans will ever read. Very highly recommended.

    41 of 43 people found this review helpful
  • Julie
    2/11/16
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    "perfect for this election year"

    enthralling foreshadowing of today's politics. what goes around,... also a great lesson in freedom's fragility.

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Breck
    10/12/16
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    "Prophetic Horror from 1935"

    Wonderful reading by Grover Gardner of a book that, terrifyingly, seems as though it were written only months ago.

    18 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Timothy Henderson
    Pierre, SD
    4/08/16
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    "so scary "

    this hits so close with the rises going on now. this man was right on the money.

    22 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • Lilo
    28/07/16
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    "Prescient"

    If you haven't read/listened to it, you should. Disturbing how it feels plucked from today's headlines. Chilling

    18 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • The Prophet of HR
    Wynnewood, PA United States
    23/08/16
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    "Eerily timely for 2016's Presidential campaign."

    Even haunting. Once again, life imitates art. Reminds me of a quote I once heard, "Read good non-fiction for facts; read good fiction for truth."

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Adam
    25/11/16
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    "Scary and Relevant with Politics Today"

    A big fan of Grover Gardner's reading style I felt he made the story lighter than it might otherwise have been. A satisfying listen all the way through.

    The story itself has numerous parallels to modern day politics which some readers might find a bit depressing. My one criticism would be that the ending didn't feel very well thought out it ended a bit abruptly with no definitive resolution.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • CLC
    12/11/16
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    "Everything that is just and true..."

    Donald Trump was elected on Tuesday and today it's Saturday and I just finished this book. Why am I starting a book review off with this statement? The point is that even elected officials can ruin countries that were previously run on principles of truth and justice.
    Numerous parts of this book made me feel so sad but even beyond sadness was a feeling of "grimness" because actions happening in the book have happened in our world in the not-too-distant-history. But our protagonist, Doremus Jessup, is an American "mensch" and he continues to stand for what is right and true and just despite the world around him sinking into a nationwide pit of injustice and social and moral degradation.
    I was eager to get to the end of the book to see how such an overwhelming tale of evil could be neatly wrapped up and, SURPRISE! It wasn't neatly wrapped up. Nonetheless, it was uplifting-- so much so that I burst into tears and I'm still crying writing this review. Without revealing any "spoiler" info, I'll just say the final sentence of the book summed up everything about Doremus Jessup and men and women like him, through the centuries.

    32 of 44 people found this review helpful
  • E. Kahn
    North Carolina
    20/01/17
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    "It just has!"

    As prescient as it was in 1935, this book should go to the top of everyone's reading list in 2017.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • tyrone
    28/04/17
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    "Great beginning"

    The story started great but seemed to lose its flow about 1/2 way through. Rather than tell a story the author seemed to be reciting events in bullet-points.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Patrick
    dublin, Ireland
    20/07/16
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    "A story for our times"
    What made the experience of listening to It Can't Happen Here the most enjoyable?

    Though written in 1935 and inspired by the rise of Fascism in Europe this could read as a warning of what can happen when an unscrupulous demagogue takes on the Presidency of the USA.


    What other book might you compare It Can't Happen Here to, and why?

    It describes a similar kind of scenario as Philip Roths's The Plot against America.


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    Very good reader. Really captures the different characters and makes the story live.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Some sections dealing with the mistreatment of prisoners were hard to listen to but worth it in the end.


    Any additional comments?

    Though there are political and philosophic parts to this book it is never heavy or hard to listen to. Beautifully written.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Tony
    21/05/17
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    "Fascinating and foresightful"

    Fascinating story, especially when you consider when it was written. Narrator is very good also

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jamesup
    16/04/17
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    "Timely"

    Worth a listen, doesn't hold together perfectly these days but still a few gems and warnings that should be heeded.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Victor Gil López
    15/03/17
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    "Not Trump but..."

    It's shocking to see all the similarities. The constant attack to the press, the demagogue discourse, using Mexico as a scape goat. Totally worth reading.

    It's funny though how in a book that talks about censorship to the point of burning books the swear words are censored. But that's my only criticism to this production.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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