- Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Signet Classics (September 1, 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451525825
- ISBN-13: 978-0451525826
- Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.8 x 6.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 710 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,450,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It Can't Happen Here Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 1993
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Novel by Sinclair Lewis, published in 1935. It is a cautionary tale about the rise of fascism in the United States. During the presidential election of 1936, Doremus Jessup, a newspaper editor, observes with dismay that many of the people he knows support the candidacy of a fascist, Berzelius Windrip. When Windrip wins the election, he 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. Jessup opposes him, is captured, and escapes to Canada. -- The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature
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to the way Lewis wrote the book. However, old-timey sayings aside, this is an incredible piece of fiction.
It Can't Happen Here parallels what an American regime, like that of Adolph Hitler's in Germany would
be like as it unfolded. The main character is a small town newspaper editor, who enjoys his life and the
way things have gone in his town and state, for much of his life. Doremus Jessup, the main character, is
even able to convince himself to stay out of the way of an administration that becomes more and more
authoritative and dictatorial. Unfortunately, things develop rapidly around the country and the regime's
bad deeds end up in Doremus' town and he's no longer able to ignore it.
The ease at which this turns from a cozy and sleepy small town to outright war on any critical voice is
quite drastic. There is tension and unease sprinkled here and there, but the reality hits Doremus and
when it does, he starts to act in any way he can. The country is virtually a loss and men like Doremus,
who just wanted to enjoy what they had accomplished in life and not become overly political, became
the ones that begin the resistance. I'll say no more, so nothing is given away.
I read this book over two days time and could not put it down. This is quite simply one of the most remarkable
and prescient books I have read in years. I highly recommend this as a Political Science expert and policy
analyst. Thanks to my view of the world, this book was both chilling and thought provoking.
This is a classic fictional novel by American Sinclair Lewis. Published during the rise of fascism , it describes the rise of Berzelius "Buzz" Windrip, a politician who defeats FDR to become US President. Windrip foments fear and promises drastic reforms while promoting a return to patriotism and "traditional" values. [“America First.”]
Windrip takes complete control of the government and imposes totalitarian rule with the help of a ruthless paramilitary force, similar to Hitler’s SS. The novel's plot centers on journalist Doremus Jessup's opposition to the new regime and his subsequent struggle against it. [The Press vs. President]
Some have emphasized a connection with Louisiana politician Huey Long, who was preparing to run for president in the 1936 election when he was assassinated in 1935 just prior to the novel's publication. Over the years, ICHH has been compared to FDR’s internment camps, Nixon’s Watergate affair, and even the 2016 Donald Trump campaign. Following the 2016 US presidential election, sales of ICHH surged significantly as it made various bestseller lists. And now that #45 is 100+ days into his term, it still resonates loudly.
President Windrip outlaws dissent, puts political enemies in concentration camps, and trains and arms a paramilitary force called the Minute Men, who carry out his wishes. One of his first acts is to eliminate the influence of the United States Congress. In addition, his administration curtails women's and minority rights, and eliminates individual states by subdividing the country into administrative sectors.
Early in the story, Doremus states: “”Yes, I agree it’s a serious time. With all the discontent there is in the country to wash him into office, Sen. Windrip has got an excellent chance to be elected President…. And, if he is, probably his gang of buzzards will get us into some war, just to grease their insane vanity and show the world we’re the huskiest nation going.” Is this 1935 or 2017 – fiction or fact; “alternative facts” or today’s headlines?
PLEASE read or re-read this classic. You can decide for yourself whether it is prescient or relevant or just another political novel. It will not be a waste of your time.
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