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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"This audio version of the Sinclair Lewis classic keeps listeners riveted to Grover Gardner's restrained yet powerful delivery. The 1935 novel, which predicts a dystopian future, is truly crafted for listening. Gardner is masterful at bringing listeners into the workings of protagonist Doremus Jessup's worried mind. The small-town news editor is dismayed at his country's plummet into a dictatorship under President Buzz Windrip, a folksy fascist whose version of Brown Shirts is called Minute Men. He succeeds because of a gullible public and a willing corporate elite. The audiobook may remind some of our own recent politics. Lewis's satirical vision of an America mired in the Depression and bereft of hope is chillingly understated and stays with the listener long after the production ends. A.D.M. © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine"
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