It Could Happen Here: Why America Is Tipping from Hate to the Unthinkable―And How We Can Stop It

by Jonathan Greenblatt

Book, 2022



Call number

662 GRE


Mariner Books (2022), 304 pages


"Refreshingly candid  . . . Get off Instagram and read this book."--Sacha Baron Cohen  From the dynamic head of ADL, an impassioned argument about the terrifying path that America finds itself on today--and how we can save ourselves It's almost impossible to imagine that unbridled hate and systematic violence could come for us or our families. But it has happened in our lifetimes in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. And it could happen here. Today, as CEO of the storied ADL (the Anti-Defamation League), Jonathan Greenblatt has made it his personal mission to demonstrate how antisemitism, racism, and other insidious forms of intolerance can destroy a society, taking root as quiet prejudices but mutating over time into horrific acts of brutality. In this urgent book, Greenblatt sounds an alarm, warning that this age-old trend is gathering momentum in the United States--and that violence on an even larger, more catastrophic scale could be just around the corner. But it doesn't have to be this way. Drawing on ADL's decades of experience in fighting hate through investigative research, education programs, and legislative victories as well as his own personal story and his background in business and government, Greenblatt offers a bracing primer on how we--as individuals, as organizations, and as a society--can strike back against hate. Just because it could happen here, he shows, does not mean that the unthinkable is inevitable.  … (more)

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LibraryThing member pomo58
It Could Happen Here by Jonathan Greenblatt is a warning about and a handbook for battling hatred and the possible escalation of it into a (more) genocidal society.

This book is inclusive in that it addresses all hate directed at people's identity. Some things do illustrate the understandable,
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though slightly skewed, emphasis on antisemitism as a precursor. For example, in talking about the attack on the Tree of Life synagogue, he seemed to use it to state explicitly that if jews weren't safe in their holy places then others wouldn't be following suit. Though the African-American community in the United States was and has long already been fully aware of this, notably a few years before the Tree of Life attack with the Emanuel AME Church attack. So while the hatred and the solutions offered in this book cover all bases, mistaken priority as far as within US society is evident.

That issue is one of a writer placing emphasis on what matters most to him and not on his neglecting other groups, so it is less important than I likely make it out to be. But it is still present and does illustrate some minor degree of bias and artificial hierarchizing. Having said that, the points made in recognizing and combatting hatred are valuable for everyone to know as we face these treacherous times.

Highly recommended for those wanting to both keep from becoming radicalized themselves and limit radicalization in others.

Reviewed from a copy made available by the publisher via NetGalley.
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Physical description

304 p.; 9 inches


0358617286 / 9780358617280
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