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Fascism: A Warning

Madeleine Albright drew on her experiences in war-torn Europe and her career as a diplomat to consider if fascism presents more of a threat to peace today than at any other time since the end of World War II.
Madeleine K. Albright
Ivo H. Daalder
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The 20th century was defined by the clash between democracy and fascism, a struggle that created uncertainty about the survival of human freedom and left millions dead. Given the horrors of that experience, one might expect the world to reject the spiritual successors to Hitler and Mussolini should they arise in our era. In Fascism: A Warning, Madeleine Albright draws on her experiences as a child in war-torn Europe and her distinguished career as a diplomat to question that assumption. Fascism, as Albright shows, not only endured through the 20th century but now presents a more virulent threat to peace and justice than at any time since the end of World War II. Is the momentum toward democracy that swept the world when the Berlin Wall fell going into reverse? How are economic, technological, and cultural factors playing a role in empowering the political extremes? 

Written by someone who has not only studied history but helped to shape it, Fascism: A Warning, is a book for our times that is relevant to all times. 

About the Speakers
Madeleine K. Albright
64th US Secretary of State and chair of Albright Stonebridge Group
Madeleine Albright is a professor, author, diplomat, businesswoman, seven-time New York Times bestselling author, and currently Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group and the Democratic Institute. She is also president of the Truman Scholarship Foundation. She previously served as the first female, 64th Secretary of State of the United States. In 2012, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
President, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
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Ivo H. Daalder served as the US ambassador to NATO from 2009 to 2013 prior to becoming President of the Council. Previously, he was a senior fellow in foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution and served as director for European affairs on President Bill Clinton’s National Security Council. He is the author or editor of 10 books.
Headshot of Ivo H. Daalder