It cant happen here is a semi satirical 1935 political novel by american author sinclair lewis and a 1936 play adapted from the novel by lewis and john c moffitt published during the rise of fascism in europe the novel describes the rise of berzelius buzz windrip . Reading the classic novel that predicted trump image it cant happen here poster for a 1936 adaptation the protagonist of sinclair lewiss 1935 novel it cant happen here . It cant happen here is the only one of sinclair lewiss 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. The primary step in scrutinizing the assertion that it cant happen here is to recognize and describe what it is many people have distorted almost comic book type impression of dictatorship in the real world autocracy has always crept in under the pretense of safeguarding the nation defending the people and establishing law and order. It cant happen here which came out in 1935 was a frightening book written for frightening times sinclair lewis published the novel as adolf hitler was making germany great again
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