Though an eloquently written book containing some nuggets of truth, ultimately this book fails in it's premise. Quoting people who share your worldview to confirm your worldview is not particularly enlightening. Neither is using anecdotal stories The premise of the civil war chapter was interesting and it was refreshing to see that the author had a credible view of people's desires. There are people who want this to be accurate but I'll just point out that the USA has been ranked 1 or 2 on the the World Giving Index so I am not sure if the populace is as vapid as the author suggests.
This is a very illuminating book. I thought the chapter concerning the Civil War was also thought-provoking in a very good sense. Morris Berman is a mna without illusions with what Hemingway called a good "built-in s--t detecter."
finally a book you can have some peace of mind with - he is correct about our country and where it is headed (where else could it go?). also agree with other two comments - too bad europe bought into their oligarchs and austerity - they will soon follow us... highly recommend!
A most excellent finish to a most excellent trilogy on the decline of the American Empire. Should be required reading for all citizens.
Also a great guide to further reading. For me it was a great relief to read a book of this sort that, for a change, does not end with some simplistic and utterly unbelievable remedy for the ills of our failing republic.
Good riddance to thwe american empire, let us save the human race.
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