The 20 lessons about Ukraine take about nine hours to listen to. I found it really worthwhile. All proceeds from the sales of the book go to humanitarian aid for Ukraine. You can find more information about the audiobook, including several places to buy it, at https://www.penguinrandomhouseaudio.com/book/719612/on-tyranny-expanded-audio-edition/ .
Also, if you have access to the New York Times, Snyder has an article about a new word that came out of the war, a portmanteau of "Russian" and "fascist" that he goes into a very in-depth explanation of how it came to be. The word is rendered as "рашизм" in Ukrainian. I've seen it used in English spelled "rashist", but Snyder makes the case that it should be transliterated "ruscist". It's a fascinating look at how a new word comes into being with interplay between three different languages. Worth reading if you can get past the firewall at https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/22/magazine/ruscism-ukraine-russia-war.html
One other suggestion, if you're interested in the history of Ukraine, Serhii Plokhy's book "The Gates of Europe" is worth reading. It's half the length of the standard histories by Orest Subtelny and Paul Robert Magocsi (and less than a quarter the price) but covers the same material, and it's a good read. It will help you understand some of the things Snyder mentions, like the baptism a thousand years ago.
Thank you, everyone, for the kind comments on my series this week. If you liked what I did, after giving to whatever charities I linked to that you find appropriate, you might be interested in a zine I put out earlier this year. It's all Polaroid, and specifically all Polaroid 100 Chocolate, about life on the Jersey Shore when all the tourists have gone home. The zine grew out of my posts for the autumn Polaroid Week last year. You can find information about the zine on my site at https://www.thereisnocat.com/showme1006.html .
Fri Apr 29 2022