It Can't Happen Here - Sinclair Lewis, Michael Meyer & Gary Scharnhorst

It Can't Happen Here

By Sinclair Lewis, Michael Meyer & Gary Scharnhorst

  • Release Date: 2005-03-01
  • Genre: Classics
Score: 4
From 101 Ratings


“The novel that foreshadowed Donald Trump’s authoritarian appeal.”—Salon

It Can’t Happen Here
is the only one of Sinclair Lewis’s 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 Hitler’s 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 “a message to thinking Americans” by the Springfield Republican when it was published in 1935, It Can’t Happen Here is a shockingly prescient novel that remains as fresh and contemporary as today’s news.

Includes an Introduction by Michael Meyer
and an Afterword by Gary Scharnhorst


  • Not easy but worth it

    By rokinrev
    I went looking for this book after reading a review embedded within a political commentary printed recently. Written in 1936, it is a satire written and then reworked for publication in response to the political situation of the time. It is biting commentary set in trying times. It also reflects our post 9/11 world. It is NOT an easy book but the commentator who suggested it was spot on in that someone could change the names and it might fit well into today's political maelstrom. Like I have said, hard to read, but stay with it.