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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2008

    The reality of America history

    Though not likely to happen, this book should be required reading in any U.S. and world history class, high school or college. The need for Americans to always create 'enemies', which diverts attention from its own ideals and domestic problems, comes to light in this well-researched book. The author shows how the dumbing down of America, making every choice seem black or white when the world is full of grey areas, dooms our future.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2006

    Fresh Insights into American Culture and Politics

    Greece, Rome, Spain, France, the Netherlands, Great Britain, and the Soviet Union. All of these nations have come and gone in greatness victims of the cyclical nature of history. But one question that has always been in the back of my mind is: When is it OUR turn?' Morris Berman's recent book 'Dark Ages America: The Final Phase of Empire' successfully presents an interpretation which gives a poignant answer. Covering not only our empirical foreign policy but our social consciousness as well, Berman writes frankly and vividly about a case for the U.S. being an economic and military empire (a fact conveniently overlooked by Americans). The U.S. is not only the most powerful nation on Earth for now but also the most debt-ridden. China, our largest creditor, and the European Union are poised to become the next 'king of the hill' so to speak. This book is a wake-up call to all Americans. Berman points out that it is too late to save this country from its eventual Dark Ages but we can soften the blow by taking another good, hard look at where our nation is going.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2006

    Clear Sighted Historical Perspective

    Morris Berman¿s Dark Ages America is an exceedingly well-researched study of contemporary America. More than exposing the problems of the present political regime, Berman¿s book exposes the large-scale structural dilemmas beneath the surface of American consciousness, which present an extraordinary amount of momentum toward a disastrous future. Gleaning insights from macro historical perspectives, such as present in Joseph Tainter¿s The Collapse of Complex Societies, Berman demonstrates that America has moved beyond the `Twilight¿ phase of its cultural history and that `post-9-11 America¿ is quickly moving into `Night.¿ Berman explores four characteristics of the European Dark Ages. With exhaustive, always relevant, and often humorous findings, he demonstrates that contemporary America vigorously expresses (if not outright flaunts) these outward symptoms of cultural, moral, political, and economic decay. The signs are: the triumph of religion over reason the breakdown of education and critical thinking legalization of torture and marginalization of the United States on the world stage. Each page of Dark Ages America is compact with information, yet Berman¿s fluid and accessible prose pulls arguments and insights together into a clear-sighted and unified vision. For those readers who still see the light of youth in dead forms, this book will be a shocking revelation. However, for seekers of truth, this book is a sobering, yet ultimately hopeful vision of America¿s present cultural crisis. I highly recommend it!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 22, 2012

    No fairies and unicorns to be found here...

    This is a stark and pitiless look at the ethical foundations of the U.S.A.'s ongoing collapse.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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