It Can’t Happen Here

What Will Happen When America Has a Dictator?

Sinclair Lewis

Paperback

416pp

Publication date: 15 November 2022

ISBN: 9781804470091

£8.99

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Published during the heyday of fascism in Europe, It Can’t Happen Here is a chilling cautionary tale by one of the greatest American writers of the twentieth century, which is still startlingly relevant almost a century later.

Charting the rise to power of Berzelius ‘Buzz’ Windrip, who whips his supporters into a frenzy while promising drastic reform under a banner of patriotism and traditional values, It Can’t Happen Here decries the tactics used by politicians to mobilise voters, and exposes the danger of authoritarianism arising from populist platforms, and the chaos such regimes can leave in their wake.

Sinclair Lewis

Harry Sinclair Lewis (1885–1951) was an American writer and playwright who, in 1930, became the first US writer to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature. He is best remembered for his novels Main Street, Babbitt and Arrowsmith, which attracted praise for their representation of working women, and for his 1935 novel cautioning against the rise of fascism in America, It Can’t Happen Here.

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