It Can't Happen Here

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Signet Classics, 2005 - Fiction - 384 pages
"Senator 'Buzz' Windrip, having used hot rhetoric, warm folksiness, and cold calculation to get into the White House, proceeds to bring in his own paramilitary storm troopers, seizes control of the government, and sets in motion his totalitarian program." *** "A cautionary tale about the fragility of democracy, it is an alarming, eerily timeless look at how fascism could take hold in America. Written during the Great Depression, when the country was largely oblivious to Hitler's aggression, it juxtaposes sharp political satire with the chilling realistic rise of a president who becomes a dictator to save the nation from welfare cheats, sex, crime, and a liberal press ..." ***"Doremus Jessup, editor of a small New England newspaper, follows the rise to presidency of the United States of a fascist demagogue, Berzelius Windrip. Doremus and his friends publish an underground newspaper that tells the truth about what is happening. Doremus is imprisoned, escapes to Canada, and joins the underground movement which is headed by a man who had opposed Windrip in the election. The novel inveighs against some aspects of capitalism as well as fascism, and communists come in for their share of criticism also." Shapiro. Fiction for Youth. *** "An imaginary story of the possible changes in American government, and its effects on the individual."

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User Review  - kohrmanmj - LibraryThing

It starts slow and was tough to wade through. I think my problem may have been the timing of when I read this book, which changed it from an Atwood-esque cautionary tale into an eerie and foreboding ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jared_Runck - LibraryThing

Nobel laureate Sinclair Lewis’ imagining of the rise of fascism in America (written in 1935) is at once satirical and horrifying…especially when you realize that the major premise of the novel is ... Read full review

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Sinclair Lewis was born in 1885 in Sauk Centre, Minnesota, and graduated from Yale University in 1908. His college career was interrupted by various part-time occupations, including a period working at the Helicon Home Colony, Upton Sinclair's socialist experiment in New Jersey. He worked for some years as a free lance editor and journalist, during which time he published several minor novels. But with the publication of Main Street (1920), which sold half a million copies, he achieved wide recognition. This was followed by the two novels considered by many to be his finest, Babbitt (1922) and Arrowsmith (1925), which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1926, but declined by Lewis. In 1930, following Elmer Gantry (1927) and Dodsworth (1929), Sinclair Lewis became the first American author to be awarded the Nobel Prize for distinction in world literature. This was the apogee of his literary career, and in the period from Ann Vickers (1933) to the posthumously published World So Wide (1951) Lewis wrote ten novels that reveal the progressive decline of his creative powers. From Main Street to Stockholm, a collection of his letters, was published in 1952, and The Man from Main Street, a collection of essays, in 1953. During his last years Sinclair Lewis wandered extensively in Europe, and after his death in Rome in 1951 his ashes were returned to his birthplace.

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