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Are We Rome?: The Fall of an Empire and the Fate of America - Cullen Murphy
Are We Rome?: The Fall of an Empire and the Fate of America
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Despite a title that suggests glib generalization, there is nothing simplistic about Cullen Murphy's thoughtful sociopolitical study, Are We Rome? A shrewd observer of our national culture and an enthusiastic amateur historian, the former Atlantic Monthly editor goes far beyond the obvious in... show more
Despite a title that suggests glib generalization, there is nothing simplistic about Cullen Murphy's thoughtful sociopolitical study, Are We Rome? A shrewd observer of our national culture and an enthusiastic amateur historian, the former Atlantic Monthly editor goes far beyond the obvious in this fascinating comparison of imperial Rome and 21st-century America. Assessing the strengths and weaknesses of both world powers, he unearths some disturbing parallels -- including escalating privatization and a shocking ignorance of the outside world. But he also identifies important differences and suggests that America needs only to reassert its genius for self-correction to avoid Rome's fate. In the immortal words of Livy, "An empire remains powerful so long as its subjects rejoice in it."
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780618742226 (0618742220)
ASIN: 618742220
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pages no: 272
Edition language: English
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4.0 Are We Rome?: The Fall of an Empire and the Fate of America
Good book. The Tiber and the Potomac, a Modern Scholar audiobook by Thomas Madden makes similar points, and does it better.
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