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Virtual Event – Timothy Snyder
October 29, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Magic City Books welcomes Timothy Snyder for a special “happy hour” virtual author event at 5:00 pm CT on Thursday October 29 to discuss his most recent book, Our Malady, an urgent diagnosis of an American malady: our heartless system of commercial medicine and our politics of pain.
On December 29, 2019, historian Timothy Snyder fell gravely ill. Unable to stand, barely able to think, he waited for hours in an emergency room before being correctly diagnosed and rushed into surgery. Over the next few days, as he clung to life and the first light of a new year came through his window, he found himself reflecting on the fragility of health, not recognized in America as a human right, but without which all rights and freedoms have no meaning. And he had no idea how much worse things could get.
Now, American hospitals, long understaffed and undersupplied, are buckling under waves of coronavirus patients. The federal government has responded with willful ignorance, misinformation, and profiteering. Even with public life at a standstill, thousands of Americans continue to die, needlessly, every single day. In this eye-opening cri de coeur, Snyder traces the societal forces that led us here and outlines the lessons we must learn to survive. In examining some of the darkest moments of recent history and of his own life, Snyder finds glimmers of hope, and principles that could lead us out of our current malaise.
Only by enshrining healthcare as a human right, elevating the authority of doctors and medical knowledge, and planning for our children’s future can we create an America where everyone is truly free.
This free event will be hosted on the Zoom platform and moderated by Michael Snyder, brother of Timothy Snyder and Professor at the University of Oklahoma. Michael Snyder is the author of John Joseph Mathews: Life of an Osage Writer and Our Osage Hills: Toward an Osage Ecology and Tribalography of the Early Twentieth Century.
To register in advance, visit: https://magiccitybooks.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_cnvCbxEyQQq2KLP42-i46A.
Our Malady and Snyder’s previous book On Tyranny are available at Magic City Books. You can purchase in the store or online here:
Timothy Snyder is the Levin Professor of History at Yale University and the author of The Road to Unfreedom, On Tyranny, Black Earth, and Bloodlands. His work has received the Hannah Arendt Prize, the Leipzig Book Prize for European Understanding, and an award in literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.