The Origins of Totalitarianism by Hannah Arendt

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The Origins of Totalitarianism is a book by Hannah Arendt which classed Nazism and Stalinism as totalitarian movements. Its original title was to be 'The Burden of Our Times', and the move away from this may have helped to obscure the main thrust of the book, which is far from being a straightforward study of the Nazi and Stalinist totalitarianism it might appear. It was recognized upon its 1951 publication as the comprehensive account of its subject, and was later hailed as a classic by the Times Literary Supplement.

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The 59th greatest nonfiction book of all time

This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 15th on The 100 Best Non-Fiction Books of the Century (National Review)
  2. - 93rd on Le Monde's 100 Books of the Century (Le Monde)
  3. - The 50 Best Books of the Century (Intercollegiate Studies Institute)

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