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“Timothy Snyder is one of our most original and perceptive thinkers, on the history of Europe, on American politics, and now, on freedom. Everyone who cares about freedom—what it means and what it takes to preserve it—should read this book.”—Anne Applebaum, author of Twilight of Democracy
“We hear of freedom, but do we grasp it? In these hard times for liberty, On Freedom offers a deep inquiry arising from a diversity of perspectives. It makes the case that freedom, once explored and understood, is the way forward to good government. We are all fortunate that Professor Snyder has shown us the way.”—President Volodymyr Zelens’kyi

“A great and daring book. In this magnificent meditation on the nature and meaning of humanity, Timothy Snyder rejects the idea that freedom is merely the absence of restraint, establishing instead that it is the presence of the conditions necessary for people to choose a better future. Above all, Snyder’s insightful and powerful work reminds us that freedom is about humanity, and that creating a better world is up to us.”—Heather Cox Richardson, author of Democracy Awakening

“A must-read. Timothy Snyder is one of the leading minds of our times. This new book draws from his work as an historian of central Europe, his traveling and moving encounters in Ukraine at war, and his thinking on how democracy, pluralism, and wealth inequality will look like in 2076 United States and the world at large.”—Thomas Piketty, author of Capital in the Twenty-First Century

“Much like life itself, freedom needs to be defined and redefined. On Freedom offers fresh insight into essential aspects of human existence—the values and obligations inherent in every individual’s life.”—Ai Weiwei

“Fascinating. Part deeply personal memoir, part political manifesto, part philosophical poem, On Freedom captures the voice of one of today’s most important Western public intellectuals.”—Ivan Krastev, author of After Europe

“Years ago, inside a prison in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, a man asked if I’d ever felt free while incarcerated. Timothy Snyder’s On Freedom reminds me that sometimes, in those cells, I was as free as I’ll ever be, nurturing imaginative tomorrows, knowing the art of dreaming made those dreams more real than the handcuffs that then bound my wrists. What more can any of us want than a reminder that our freedom, in being the most powerful future tense we have, gives more deliberate meaning to our todays.”—Dwayne Betts, author of A Question of Freedom

“There’s nothing else like On Freedom. This time the acclaimed historian draws not just from global history but his own. The result is a wonderfully provocative and profoundly persuasive book. Snyder leads us away from our misconception that freedom is just the removal of what stands in our way and toward a project of liberty that, through active engagement and commitment to the common good, we can achieve together.”—J.J. Abrams

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