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Posted October 7, 2007
I don't know quite what I was expecting, given the timeframe that this book had been published. What, with the endless philandering over illegal immigration sprinkled with some recent challenges we face on a global level. Maybe I was looking to come away with something that would make me think, ask hard questions or inspire me to take action. After having read the cover of this book, which cited relevance, importance and humor, more cedence was given to the old addage of not judging a book by it's cover. For the most part the book covers some interesting historical tidbits, should you have the money and time to make a quick trip to Rome or run about Europe and North Africa. Aside from that, this book felt like being on the outside of an inside joke the $24 price of admission did not cover. Mr. Murphy spends an in ornate amount of time waxing philisophical about what a border really is. And has the Roman Empire really fallen since there are remnants of it such as the word 'senator' still in use today. Towards the end of the book Mr. Murphy mentions that his father in-law came to this country from Mexico, which explains his wishy-washy stance over the preceeding 80 pages written in regards to national borders. Not being against immigration, there are some hard questions that will need a hard response for adequate resolution. Moreover, I will not cede that this country has an overwhelming mechanisim for assimilation when the cited Spanish speaking students of California who 'prefer' to speak English, desecrate the American flag in a school yard. Having served several years in the military I would have to say I find no solace in that there could be pieces of this country around centuries in the form of a word or some type of architectual achievement after it had disappeared. The end result? More dribble from the generation that brought you civil liberties.
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Posted June 4, 2014
The first 90% contains trivial academic comparisons and the last
The first 90% contains trivial academic comparisons and the last 10% is mostly liberal rant on the beauty of legal and illegal immigration, of which Mr. Murphy fails to acknowledge any negative impacts.
The last chapter, The Borders, is a rigorously perverted definition of a border. While evangelizing unlimited immigration, Mr. Murphy makes the case for acculturation while calling it assimilation. He promotes college tuition subsidy for illegal aliens, and of course, soccer and AMNESTY for illegal aliens. The flawed, useless ending seems to be the real purpose of Are We Rome?
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Posted September 16, 2013
While there are many ways in which the United States and the Roman Empire are similar, none of the author's conclusions have merit. The author is ignorant of the reasons why the Roman empire fell. Foreign mis-adventures, failure to control its own borders, and the Roman populace accepting full bellies and entertainment in exchange for their rights and civil liberties are a few of the major reasons for the fall of the Empire, yet the author believes that these reasons prolonged the Empire, rather than bringing about it's demise.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The Roman populace surrendered their freedoms for their bread and circuses just as Americans are falling for the current version of bread and circuses by depending on the government for their needs while they are obsessed with Jersy Shore and American Idol, while sacrificing the Bill of Rights for perceived feeling of safety.
Posted April 30, 2009
Don't Waste Your Time...
...unless you want a shotgun approach to Roman history. The author strains to make his metaphor work and stretches to the point of breaking. An example of this is his ludicrous comparison to the United States after the Bush/Gore election to Rome after Nero committed suicide and the bloody civil war which followed.
It is a shame, as Mr. Murphy seems to be a very smart man and one can pick up a wealth of information on the Roman Empire in this book, albeit in a disorganized and dysfunctional manner.
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