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It Can't Happen Here de Sinclair Lewis
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It Can't Happen Here (edição: 1993)

de Sinclair Lewis

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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.… (mais)
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Título:It Can't Happen Here
Autores:Sinclair Lewis
Informação:Signet Classics (1993), Paperback
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It Can't Happen Here de Sinclair Lewis

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    President Fu Manchu de Sax Rohmer (Lammers)
    Lammers: A unique literary and historical view of the fears and uncertainties surrounding the 1936 Presidential election.
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    The Great Pacific War: A History of the American-Japanese Campaign of 1931-1933 de Hector C. Bywater (Lammers)
    Lammers: Though it reads like Alternative History today, the book shows very nicely what people in the 1920s and 1930s could happen in the very near future.
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A book for Orwell fans that goes under the radar. Truly fascinating book written about a quazi-socialist dictator and the crumbling of American cornerstone liberties. You see all the different political spectrums almost coming together to fight the dictatorship in their own ways, which warmed my heart. One of my favorite books I've read in a long time. ( )
  IrishProvo | Oct 23, 2021 |
This book’s ironic title indicates the “average American’s” complacency towards political concerns – a theme as relevant today as it was during the Great Depression. This book, written at the height of the Depression in 1935, imagines what would happen if a populist/fascist won the presidential election of 1936. Fascism was already taking root in Italy and Germany, and it was on the rise in America (primarily through Senator Huey Long, as the afterword explains). In financial distress, the American masses could easily be fooled into granting a national income that did not require work and into curbing freedoms like that of the press and that of speech in favor of promised prosperity. To those who glibly respond to this situation, “But it can’t happen here,” Lewis responds in this novel: “Oh yes, it can!”

In this book, the “Minute Men” (or simply “M.M.”) take on the role of enforcers of a dictatorial president. The new president quickly dissolves Congress and imposes authoritarian rule. Freedoms are curbed. The protagonist – a journalist named Doremus Jessup – realizes his complicity in this outcome. His previous complacency helped great American democracy to decay.

Obvious modern parallels presciently abound, and they can indict both sides of the current political divide. Although Lewis’ targets in this book were on the populist right, he was no wild leftist in his private life outside of this book. Discussions with journalists expelled from European fascist countries inspired this unnervingly realistic tale. His overarching point is not an uncritical embrace of liberalism but rather is a reawakening of the populous to “liberal” democratic principles.

Fortunately, the election of 1936 swayed FDR’s way, and the battles of World War II alerted the American public to the virtues of democracy. Sadly, internment camps did once dwell upon American soil, though not to the depraved degree exhibited in this novel. Ethnic, ideological, and economic rivalries, depicted here as prevalent in Lewis’ day, still can upend social stability. People still look towards government strongmen for economic security. Yes, it still can happen here.

These frighteningly present-day themes make this book a modern classic. They originally made this book Lewis’ best work of the second half of his career. This tale entertained and enlightened readers in the 1930s and can do the same to readers today. I could easily imagine this work being read today by a class in government in public high schools. Interestingly, Lewis concludes this work not by a restoration of democracy but by the liberty-filled triumph of the individual, despite bad government. Perhaps more eyes and ears today should absorb this message. ( )
  scottjpearson | Oct 11, 2021 |
I guess now is a really good time to (re-)read this. It is indeed prescient. ( )
  SocProf9740 | Jul 11, 2021 |
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  pszolovits | Feb 3, 2021 |
Bei der US-Wahl 1936 setzt sich der Populist Berzelius Windrip durch. In Windeseile demontiert dieser mit seinen willfährigen Anhängern und paramilitärischen Kampfverbänden, den Minute Men, die demokratischen Instutionen und etabliert ein totalitär-faschistisches Regime. Der Zeitungsherausgeber Doremus Jessup will das Treiben nicht akzeptieren und schließt sich dem Widerstand an.

Sinclair Lewis alternativgeschichtlicher Politroman projeziert die zeitgenössischen Entwicklungen in Europa, insbesondere das Erstarken des Faschismus und die Machtergreifung Hitlers, auf die Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika. Im Erscheinungsjahr als satirische Kritik an Huey Long, einem Populisten in den Reihen der demokratischen Partei, zu verstehen, dient der Roman als Warnung vor einer Gefährdung der liberalen Demokratie. Angesichts der aktuellen Umtriebe der Trump-Administratur hat Lewis Prophezeiung nichts an seiner Aktualität eingebüsst.

Trotz interessantem Plot überzeugt Lewis' Roman nicht uneingeschränkt: DIe Erzählweise ist langatmig und umständlich, Windrips politische Ideologie ist ebenso wie die fiktionalen historischen Ereignisse wenig durchdacht, sodass auch seine Machtergreifung und die Etablierung des totalitären Regimes nicht unbedingt glaubhaft dargestellt wird. Hinzu kommen zahlreiche Verweise auf zeitgenössische US-amerikanische (Lokal-)Politiker, welche den ohne entsprechendes Fachwissen ausgestatteten Leser überfordern. ( )
  schmechi | Dec 30, 2020 |
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“It Can’t Happen Here” is a work of dystopian fantasy, one man’s effort in the 1930s to imagine what it might look like if fascism came to America. At the time, the obvious specter was Adolf Hitler, whose rise to power in Germany provoked fears that men like the Louisiana senator Huey Long or the radio priest Charles Coughlin might accomplish a similar feat in the United States. Today, Lewis’s novel is making a comeback as an analogy for the Age of Trump.
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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.

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