It Could Happen Here by Jonathan Greenblatt
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.
In this urgent book, Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the storied ADL (the Anti-Defamation League), sounds an alarm, warning that this age-old trend is gathering momentum in the United States — and that violence on a more catastrophic scale could be just around the corner.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. Greenblatt offers a bracing primer on how we — as individuals, as organizations, and as a society — can strike back against hate.
“Refreshingly candid… Get off Instagram and read this book.”— Sacha Baron Cohen
- Jonathan Greenblatt and I have two things in common: a love of storytelling and a strong belief that social media has dangerously amplified bigotry, misogyny, and conspiracy theories. In this refreshingly candid read, Jonathan is not afraid to call out leaders of tech companies like Facebook and Twitter to be more accountable for their role in spreading hatred. Get off Instagram and read this book. Sacha Baron Cohen
In this moment, when stubborn, ugly hatreds have again reared their heads, Jonathan Greenblatt offers a superb, clear-eyed snapshot of what is unfolding and why. Even more importantly, he leaves the reader feeling not helpless, but emboldened—helping us see all the ways we can each be a ‘story of courage.’ His suggestions are concrete, smart, and galvanizing. His writing is compelling. This book is not just the alarm we need but also a bracing call to action.
Author of My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays; One Wondering Jew
Jonathan Greenblatt has written an urgent work of deep love and deep anxiety — for the Jewish people, for America, for the state of Israel . . . It Could Happen Here will help shape the conversation on antisemitism and hate in America.
Yossi Klein Halevi
Senior Fellow, Shalom Hartman Institute, and author of Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor
It Could Happen Here is an indictment of antisemitism on both the left and the right. Jonathan Greenblatt explains his journey and our predicament, and offers a crucial road map for an age of resurgent hate.
Rabbi David Wolpe
Sinai Temple, Los Angeles
It is easy to think that the Holocaust will never happen again. Sadly, we cannot be so sure. This is why ADL was created: to prevent future atrocities. In this powerful book, Jonathan Greenblatt offers a sobering reminder and at the same time provides clear ideas on how we can work together to create belonging, offer hope, and change the future. This is a must read for anyone working for social change.
President, The Asian American Foundation
There has never been a more perilous time for individual rights and liberties... Greenblatt offers his piercing insights from multiple perches he’s served in—from the White House to the ADL. We must act now, heed his advice, and fight for what’s right.
Executive Director, ACLU
It Could Happen Here describes the insidious ways that unchecked hate can seep into society from the periphery, growing from the seeds of fringe thought into harmful rhetoric and heinous actions. Greenblatt has written a playbook against hate that shows just how fragile the balance between calm and chaos can be when we turn a blind eye. We should heed the warning.
President, Ford Foundation
Purpose-driven business leaders are taking a stand against the rise of hate at home and around the world. As CEO of ADL, an institution that has been at the forefront of the fight against antisemitism, racism, and all forms of intolerance, Jonathan Greenblatt has a vision for how companies — and their CEOs — can act responsibly and pragmatically for our collective future. This book lays out the how and why.
Founder & President, Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth
Jonathan Greenblatt has channeled his unique combination of entrepreneurship and public service experience into a new vision for ADL. He does the same in this page-turning book, which weaves beautiful stories with practical advice on how to fight hate. An urgent book for an urgent time.
Founder and Executive Chairman, KIND Snacks
In this pivotal moment of American history, Jonathan Greenblatt has written a vital book. It is at once a primer on the various extremisms of our era, and a guide to how to build a healthy, diverse democracy. This book is essential reading.
Founder and President, Interfaith Youth Core, and author of Acts of Faith and We Need to Build
Greenblatt offers compelling and empowering solutions to work against the dangers of the hate spreading every day in our country. With something to offer individuals from all backgrounds, this book aims to not only educate and inform, but also to inspire current and future generations to be and do better for one another.
CEO, National Council of Jewish Women
In It Can Happen Here, Jonathan Greenblatt provides an essential manual for combatting hate that is based on a century of ADL experience fighting antisemitism. This book is a must read.
New York Times best-selling author of Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe
Jonathan Greenblatt has demonstrated prophetic leadership with this book. It Could Happen Here manages to be both inspiring and actionable, illustrating how people from all faiths can combat the specter of intolerance that ultimately threatens all people.
Imam Abdullah Antepli
Associate Professor, Duke University
Jonathan Greenblatt offers an insightful perspective on the forces tearing the nation's social fabric and shows how it can be mended.
Chairman, Yad Vashem
We may think the battle against hate is unwinnable, but Jonathan Greenblatt gives us courage to enter the fray and provides tools, lessons and experiences to support us in our confrontation with this age-old menace.
Rabbi Peter J. Rubinstein
Director of Jewish Community and Bronfman Center for Jewish Life, 92Y
It talks about the responsibility of leaders to call out hate… I encourage people to pick it up.
White House Bureau Chief, Politico and NBC News analyst
Jonathan, thanks for writing this book....Those are such important points and I am so glad you wrote this really important book.
Host of CNN’s The Situation Room
There is incredible story telling in the book that does bring this conversation into how do we fix it?
Host of MSNBC’s Deadline: White House
Quite a warning.
Host of MSNBC's Yasmin Vossoughian Reports
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- The Danger of Extremism in America TOLI - Mar. 22, 2022
- In conversation with Jonathan Greenblatt and Anthony Scaramucci MOOCH FM Live - Mar. 11, 2022
- Conversations: Jonathan Greenblatt, "It Could Happen Here: Why America is Tipping from Hate to the Unthinkable - and How We Can Stop It" Kansas Public Radio - Feb. 18, 2022
- Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt on Stamping Out Hate The Brian Lehrer Show - Feb. 8, 2022
- What My Friendship with a Former White Supremacist Taught Me About Repentance TIME (Jonathan Greenblatt op-ed) - Feb. 4, 2022
- Why I forgave Whoopi Goldberg on national TV a day after her remarks on the Holocaust USA Today (Jonathan Greenblatt op-ed) - Feb. 3, 2022
- Jonathan Greenblatt with Madeleine Brand: America at a Crossroads Jews United for Democracy and Justice - Feb. 2, 2022
- ABC suspends Whoopi Goldberg over Holocaust race remarks Associated Press - Feb. 2, 2022
- Jonathan Greenblatt talks rise in antisemitism on International Holocaust Remembrance Day ABC News - Jan. 27, 2022
- Jonathan Greenblatt on Amanpour & Company PBS - Jan. 25, 2022
- Jonathan Greenblatt on The Daily Break Podcast Newsweek's The Daily Break with Naveed Jamali - Jan. 25, 2022
- Jonathan Greenblatt on CNN Newsroom With Poppy Harlow and Jim Sciutto CNN - Jan. 25, 2022
- Jonathan Greenblatt In Conversation with Abigail Pogrebin: The Unthinkable The Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center - Jan. 19, 2022
- Jonathan Greenblatt on Yasmin Vossoughian Reports MSNBC - Jan. 7, 2022
- Guest column: Resurgent anti-Semitism shows history forgotten is doomed to be repeated The Florida Times-Union (Karen Adler op-ed) - Jan. 19, 2022
- Jonathan Greenblatt on At This Hour With Kate Bolduan CNN - Jan. 18, 2022
- Evils of anti-Semitism spread across party affiliations The Boston Herald (Jeff Robbins op-ed) - Jan. 17, 2022
- Jonathan Greenblatt on Pivot Podcast Pivot with Kara Swisher and Scott Galloway - Jan. 11, 2022
- Jonathan Greenblatt on Deadline: White House MSNBC - Jan. 9, 2022
- ADL CEO: A Year Later, American Democracy Not Guaranteed Public News Service - Jan. 6, 2022
- No one is born an extremist. Jan. 6 shows virtually anyone can be swept up by hate groups. USA Today - Jan. 6, 2022
- Jonathan Greenblatt on The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer CNN - Jan. 5, 2022
- Jan. 6 could happen again. It’s up to us to stop it. The Forward (Jonathan Greenblatt op-ed) - Jan. 5, 2022
- Jonathan Greenblatt on Morning Joe MSNBC - Jan. 4, 2022
- Opinion: Marjorie Taylor Greene is a wart on the body politic. Facebook is a melanoma. The Washington Post (Dana Milbank op-ed) - Jan. 4, 2022
- Why I wrote ‘It Could Happen Here’ Times of Israel (Jonathan Greenblatt op-ed) - Jan. 4, 2022
- Ten books to read in January Jewish Insider - Jan. 4, 2022
- Greenblatt's book argues growing intolerance in the U.S. threatens democracy NPR: Morning Edition - Jan. 4, 2022
- ‘Berserk came into ascendence’: ADL chief opens up about Trump, antisemitism and democracy’s future in new book The Forward - Jan. 2, 2022
It Could Happen Here is an excellent choice for book clubs and discussion groups. The thought provoking title and content provide a breadth of topics for in-depth discussions. It Could Happen Here discussion guide offers a series of questions and facilitator notes.