It Can Happen Here by Joe Conason
Authoritarian Peril in the Age of Bush

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"When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag, carrying a cross."

---Sinclair Lewis, author of It Can't Happen Here, 1935


For the first time since the Nixon era, Americans have reason to doubt the future---or even the presence---of democracy. We live in a society where government conspires with big business and big evangelism; where ideologues and religious zealots attack logic and the scientific method; and where the ruling party encourages xenophobic nationalism based on irrational, manufactured fear. The party in power seems to seek a perpetual state of war to hold on to power, and they are willing to lie, cheat, and steal to achieve their ends. The question must be asked: Are we headed toward the end of American democracy?

Nobel Prize--winning author Sinclair Lewis depicted authoritarianism American-style in his sardonically titled dystopian novel It Can't Happen Here, published in 1935. Now, bestselling political journalist Joe Conason argues that it can happen here--and a select group of extremely powerful right-wing ideologues are driving us ever closer to the precipice.

In this compelling, impassioned, yet rational and fact-based look at the state of the nation, Conason shows how and why America has been wrenched away from its founding principles and is being dragged toward authoritarianism.


Praise for the books of Joe Conason:


"A comprehensive, well-researched indictment of a bunch of nasty people who really deserve it."

---Molly Ivins on Big Lies


"When Joe casts his eye on the cadres of the right, they invariably emerge battered, with their arguments filleted, their sources of money exposed, and their real motives laid bare."

--Michael Tomasky, former editor, The American Prospect, on The Raw Deal


"A hundred years from now the primary source on the so-called Clinton scandals will still be The Hunting of the President by Joe Conason and Gene Lyons."

---James Carville on The Hunting of the President

 

About Joe Conason

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Joe Conason is the national correspondent for the New York Observer, where he writes a political column that is distrubuted by the United Features Syndicate. He is also a contributing editor for Talk magazine and a contributer to Salon.com. His writing has appeared in The Nation, Harper's, The New Yorker, and many other publications.Gene Lyons won the National Magazine Award in 1980. He has written extensively for Newsweek, Harper's The Nation, The New Review of Books, Texas Monthly, Entertainment Weekly, and many other magazines. His books include The Higher Illiteracy (University of Arkansas, 1988), Widow's Web (Simon & Schuster, 1993), and Fools for Scandal (Franklin Square, 1996). He writes a political column for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
 
Published February 20, 2007 by Thomas Dunne Books. 260 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Sinclair Lewis's 1935 novel It Can't Happen Here envisaged a right-wing populist president, advised by a cunning political strategist and backed by a cyn

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I look forward to reading the book and comparing it with Lewis' - - but I don't entertain any preconceptions about a larger audience other than those already in the choir.

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This ritual, repeated daily in prisons across the country, is primarily a rite of humiliation, a way to deny prisoners their dignity.

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The same i cannot say of Straighties god, because the parameters of his god definition (at least as I understand his god) are so broad that a god is possible.

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You may not be an Internet billionaire, but for $25 (or .00001 percent of what Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos just paid for the Washington Post), you can help keep us in business.

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Joe Lieberman may be the biggest moron this side of George Bush.Knowing his history and anti war stance in the Viet Nam times makes one wonder about Joe Lieberman’s motives in supporting this war.He is not a war hero republican like Mccain nor is he being boxed into a corner like the republicans ...

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Ah, involved in campaigns that you’ve been involved in, do you know why agent Rampton conducted a criminal investigation of Garry Mauro at the time you were involved in that campaign, pulled the finance records of Bob Bullock at the time you were involved in that campaign, pulled the campaign rec...

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