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Author Biography: Lewis H. Lapham studied at Yale and Cambridge and worked for the San Francisco Examiner and New York Herald Tribune before becoming editor of Harper's magazine in 1971. When his column there won a national magazine award in 1995, it was cited as "an exhilarating point of view in an age of conformity." His books include Money and Class in America, Imperial Masquerade, The Wish for Kings, Hotel America, The Agony of Mammon, and Waiting for the Barbarians. He has hosted two television series for PBS, America's Century and Bookmark, and his writing has appeared in Vanity Fair, The National Review, Fortune, Forbes, The New York Times, the London Observer, and The Wall Street Journal, among other publications.
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Posted June 8, 2006
This book tells (in brutal detail) how this [pick your adjective] (as it's hardly an administration so much as a regime) uses, or better to say, misuses, the 'Patriot Act' and 'Homeland Security' to stifle, with the help of the people, and the media (especially), dissent in America. With emphasis on Bush and his people, Lapham tells it like it is. Hopefully, people will read this book and take notice, and create a 'debate' in this nation, on the war, the economy, and other importance issues to replace the 'monologue' comming from the right wing of the country. People share some responsibility in letting these people (Bush and others) suppress the free expression we are supposed to have, using 9/11 as an excuse. When someone like Ann Coulter can trash the widows and others who lost people on 9/11, but there isn't allowed a rebuttal, something is wrong. This is the kind of one sided and dictatorial view that's pervading the nation right now, and Bush and his people are attempting to suppress it. Lapham Rocks! A must read for most people (of course, right wingers, like Coulter, would vehemently disagree. She ought to be glad she's in a country, so far, that allows her right to be wrong, too bad she doesn't support it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 27, 2005
An important book for those who believe that the soveriegnty of this country lies with the people not with the President. This book does not simply criticize current policy but compares the already accepted examples of governmental incusrion into the individual liberties, particularly the freedom to question the government, with the post-9/11 governmental policy. The alien and Sedition Act of 1798, The sedition Act of 1917 along with the Red Scare, and the well known abuses of the government in the McCarthy era offer alarming analogies to current policy and attitudes toward anyone who dares harbor the 'unamerican' ideas that our government may not always be right. This book demonstrates the dangers of complacently allowing the government to quash and punish those who interfere with their pursuits to generate an unquestioned acceptance of policies regarding free choice, speech, foriegn policy, and attitudes toward pursuing wars.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.