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It Can't Happen Here : Library Edition (Unabridged) (CD/Spoken Word) (Sinclair Lewis)
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Nobel Laureate Sinclair Lewis's deeply disturbing and convincing novel charts the step-by-step movement of the United States towards becoming a ****** state after the election of Buzz Windrip, a plainspoken folksy president who promises security, an end to government handouts, and zero tolerance for leftist intellectuals. Once in power, Windrip proceeds to populate the Supreme Court with his lawyer friends, kowtow to corporate interests, defang the constitution, block the freedom of the press, and go to war with Mexico. Windrip rivals Elmer Gantry as a character of towering hypocrisy, his malevolence hidden behind an easy smile, his charm concealing his casual attitude towards rights and reality--he is both a polemical caricature and unnervingly believable, the banal monster that rises to power when a republic has grown too lazy to uphold its ideals. An astonishingly prescient book--it was written in 1935 when few could imagine the path ******'s platform would lead to--IT CAN'T HAPPEN HERE shows in sharp detail how the complacency of the American people can fatally undo the dream of democracy.