Empires of Trust: How Rome Built--And America Is Building--A New World

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Overview

An acclaimed historian offers an optimistic view of the future of the United States in the light of Roman history

Maybe the end of the American ascendancy is not upon us. Maybe the U.S. will continue to dominate the world for centuries. Now award-winning historian Thomas Madden delivers an optimistic view of our nation's future.

Madden shows that the power of the ancient Roman republic and the U.S. was built on trust between allies, not the conquest of enemies. The far-reaching implications of this fact are essential reading for anyone who cares about the challenges we face now and in the years ahead.

Packed with stories from Roman history that offer amazingly obvious and explicitly stated parallels to our recent history, Empires of Trust is a narrative pleasure and a hopeful inspiration.

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What People Are Saying

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"An entertaining comparison by an astute historian. . .Gems for history buffs as well as those who have never considered that something that happened before 1900 might matter."
-San Francisco Chronicle

"A breakout book."
-Richard Ellis, author of Founding Fathers

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452295452
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/30/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 965,514
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas F. Madden is a professor of history at Saint Louis University. His previous books include The New Concise History of the Crusades and Enrico Dandolo and the Rise of Venice. He has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and USA Today, and on A&E television, the History Channel, PBS, and National Public Radio.

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Table of Contents

Empires of Trust Preface

1. Empires of Trust . . . and the Other Ones
2. Distrusting Kings
3. Family Values
4. Building an Empire While Trying Not To
5. Becoming a Superpower
6. The Empire and Its Aging Cultural Parents
7. How an Empire of Trust Grows . . . and Grows
8. Pax
9. Fights Around the Dinner Table of Empire
10. The Threat of Terrorism
11. Crying Over the Fall

A Note on Sources
Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index

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  • Posted January 4, 2010

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    Fails to make his case

    Madden pulls, stretches, massages and ultimatly bends history to fit his premise that the US and Rome can be compared as having built their empires on trust. Rome, he claims, never invaded a nation without just cause, in his view, and then only to keep the peace, not because Romans were imperialists. The tribes of modern day France and England beg to differ. The book has some laugh out loud moments, albeit unintended by the author, as when he claims America 'abandoned' an ally in Vietnam. There is so much ignorance at work in that simple statement that it beggars argument. A loud guffaw is all the response needed.
    The book is interesting in presenting various historical vignettes of Roman history, but since the author is all too clearly bending the facts to suit his argument one wonders just how much credence one can give to the author. Lie to me once ...
    Lastly the book becomes merely tiresome. The basic premise is flogged again and again until one begins flipping through the book hoping for something like a balanced argument, heck even a cogent argument.
    Too silly for my blood. Save your money.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2008

    Absolutely incredible. Madden presents a frequently overlooked parallel between Rome and the United States.

    Thomas Madden has presented an insightful perspective regarding the parallels between Rome and the United States. He uses history masterfully to explore the similarities and differences between the Roman and American stories respectively. Through discussing the term 'empire' in perhaps an unconventional manner, he draws the reader in to consider how America is not the empire of 'conquest' as many in modern times have equated America to such, but rather an empire of 'trust' in the light of what Rome had achieved. A truly fantastic read that should perhaps be read by Barack Obama and others who would like to make it appear as if America is an empire of 'conquest' rather than a responsible leader in the global community acting as an empire of trust.

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