Why America Failed is the third and most engaging volume of Morris Berman's trilogy on the decline of the American empire. In The Twilight of American Culture, Berman examined the internal factors of that decline, showing that they were identical to those of Rome in its late-empire phase. In Dark Ages America, he explored the external factors—e.g., the fact that both empires were ultimately attacked from the outside—and the relationship between the events of 9/11 and the history of U.S. foreign policy.In his most ambitious work to date, Berman looks at the "why" of it allProbes America's commitment to economic liberalism and free enterprise stretching back to the late sixteenth century, and shows how this ideology, along with that of technological progress, rendered any alternative marginal to American historyMaintains, more than anything else, that this one-sided vision of the country's purpose finally did our nation in
Why America Failed is a controversial work, one that will shock, anger, and transform its readers. The book is a stimulating and provocative explanation of how we managed to wind up in our current situation: economically weak, politically passe, socially divided, and culturally adrift. It is a tour de force, a powerful conclusion to Berman's study of American imperial decline.
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Although this is a lively and thought-provoking study of a complex topic, Berman sometimes presents a one-sided version of eventsâfor instance, he links our high level of violent crime to selfish individualism, omitting evidence showing that crime rates have steadily declined in the past 15 years.Aug 22 2011 | Read Full Review of Why America Failed: The Roots...
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