It Can't Happen Here (Signet Classics)
- Publish Date: 2014-01-07
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Sinclair Lewis
âThe novel that foreshadowed Donald Trumpâs authoritarian appeal.ââSalon
It Canât Happen Here is the only one of Sinclair Lewisâs later novels to match the power of Main Street, Babbitt, and Arrowsmith. A cautionary tale about the fragility of democracy, it is an alarming, eerily timeless look at how fascism could take hold in America.
Written during the Great Depression, when the country was largely oblivious to Hitlerâs aggression, it juxtaposes sharp political satire with the chillingly realistic rise of a president who becomes a dictator to save the nation from welfare cheats, sex, crime, and a liberal press.
Called âa message to thinking Americansâ by the Springfield Republican when it was published in 1935, It Canât Happen Here is a shockingly prescient novel that remains as fresh and contemporary as todayâs news.
With an Introduction by Michael Meyer
and an Afterword by Gary Scharnhorst