- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Plume (June 1, 1983)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0452011175
- ISBN-13: 978-0452011175
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.9 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #498,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Ominous Parallels: The End of Freedom in America Paperback – June 1, 1983
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“Offers a truly revolutionary idea…The book is clear, tight, disciplined, beautifully structured, and brilliantly reasoned. Its style is clear and hard as crystal—and as sparkling… As to my personal reaction, I can express it best by paraphrasing a line from Atlas Shrugged: ‘It’s so wonderful to see a great, new, crucial achievement which is not mine!’”—Ayn Rand
“Extraordinarily perceptive…frightening insights…Everyone concerned with the collectivist trend in today’s world should read this book.”—Alan Greenspan
“A fascinating weave of German history, philosophic determinism, and Objectivist polemic.”—Chicago Tribune
“A revelation...Peikoff is an extraordinary communicator...He brings the most difficult intellectual ideas within the grasp of the general reader.”—Detroit Free Press
About the Author
Leonard Peikoff is the preeminent Ayn Rand scholar writing today. He worked closely with Rand in New York City for thirty years and was designated by her as heir to her estate. He has taught philosophy at several places, including Hunter College and New York University. Dr. Peikoff is the author of The DIM Hypothesis: Why the Lights of the West Are Going Out and The Cause of Hitler’s Germany. He grew up in Western Canada and now lives in Southern California. He also hosted the national radio talk show "Philosophy: Who Needs It."
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If you want to understand why Nazi Germany came about, Ominous Parallels is the only consistent explanation. If you want to understand the current trends in the United States, Ominous Parallels is definitively Ominous.
This book gives you a solid understanding of how philosophy can change a nation for the worse. I recommend it wholeheartedly because it will open your mind to our current reality. The author knows his subject quite well and he weaves a narrative based on philosophical facts. I couldn't stop reading it.
Over time, there may be minor scholarly clarifications of points in this book, or side notes on other totalitarian societies, thinking of Cambodia or North Korea. Others will try to draw comparisons with non-totalitarian use of concentration camps, and others might try to deny their existence or essence, a hopeless as well as unforgivable evasion. Enjoy the book for what it is--a slap on the side of the head showing that totalitarianism and freedom are driven by ideas, not accidents.
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WE MUST REALIZE THAT THERE IS A PARALLEL
OF WHAT WE ARE DOING IN THIS COUNTRY.