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The End of America: A Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot

The End of America: A Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot

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The Founding Fathers believed that the proper goal of the State was to make men and women free to develop their faculties and to pursue virtue and wisdom. Our Constitution was built around these principles, protecting civil liberties and developing a careful system of checks and balances that protected our freedom from tyranny.

Naomi Wolf's latest work, The

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The Founding Fathers believed that the proper goal of the State was to make men and women free to develop their faculties and to pursue virtue and wisdom. Our Constitution was built around these principles, protecting civil liberties and developing a careful system of checks and balances that protected our freedom from tyranny.

Naomi Wolf's latest work, The End of America: A Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot, exposes how the escalation of executive power has eroded these core values and systems, limiting Congress's ability to make laws and our courts' power to interpret them—a scenario that our Founding Fathers foresaw and warned against. Wolf outlines in this citizen call to action—which is reminiscent of Thomas Paine's revered Common Sense—the real threats to our civil liberties that exist and explains how by working together we can stop the growing threat.

The End of America: A Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot is the centerpiece to the American Freedom Agenda, a nonpartisan organization of which Naomi Wolf is a founding board member and which asks all Americans to support a "Freedom Pledge" to support only candidates who favor restoring the pillars of American liberty. It combines a wide host of partners, united in their belief that when it comes to the Constitution, we are neither conservative nor liberal; we are all Americans.

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"Compellingly and cogently argued.... Highly recommended." —Library Journal Starred Review

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ISBN-13:
9781400106462
Publisher:
Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date:
03/01/2008
Edition description:
Unabridged, 5 CDs, 6 hours
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 5.50(h) x 1.10(d)

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"Compellingly and cogently argued.... Highly recommended." —-Library Journal Starred Review

Meet the Author

Naomi Wolf is the author of "Promiscuitties" and "Fire With Fire, " and her essays have appeared in "The New Republic, Esquire, Ms., The Washington Post, " and "The New York Times." She holds a degree from Yale University and New College, Oxford University, and lives in New York City.

Karen White is the author of eight previous books. She lives with her family near Atlanta, Georgia. Author website: karen-white.com.

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The End of America: A Letter of Warning To A Young Patriot 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book several years ago and reviewed it recently. Though some of the author’s remarks are very dated, the important trends she identified continue today, regardless of who occupies the White House. Politically, the author and I are very different, so I disagree with some of her observations, interpretations of history and conclusions, yet we share many of the same concerns about our nation. I totally agree with the author’s conclusion, that “we must stand up directly to confront those who have committed crimes against the Constitution — and hold them accountable, as the Founders trusted us to do.” I recommend this as an important read, regardless of one’s ideology, political affiliation, gender or age. It raises legitimate concerns and identifies dangerous trends that demand our attention.
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kimbakristin More than 1 year ago
I've always been impressed with Naomi Wolf's skill at documenting social and political trends. She deftly joins the pieces of the puzzle together, using specific examples (backed up with copious research) to show us the Big Picture. In this book, Wolf details how the Bush administration is methodically dismantling our democracy and unraveling our Constitution. She outlines 10 steps that the administration is undertaking--from surveiling citizens groups to restricting the press--that have also been taken by governments that ultimately became fascist regimes, such as Stalinist Russia and Nazi Germany. It's chilling how even the rationalizations used by Bush are the same as those used by fascist heads of state. This is an important book that everyone should read.
jimmyd More than 1 year ago
Every American should read this book and start asking questions about the content; challenge those that are breaking our Constitution with illegal laws; stop this systemic dismanteling of the bedrock of these United States of America.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm not big into politics, yet I was drawn into this book simply because of the movie adaptation, which is now on DVD. What liberties have we lost because of the 2001 Patriot Act? What is Blackwater? Is our country in danger? The answers to all these questions and more can be found in this book, which is well written and told with a passionate voice. Check it out.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
It is imperative that everyone not only read this book, but ACT to change the trend to disintegrate our freedoms. If our president can create secret prisons that operate outside of the rule of habeas corpus to permit torture-- Abu Grahib--create a secret paramilitary to operate outside of the Constitution--Blackwater-- and laws that allow the President to subvert the rule of law with phone tapping and email intervention and categorization of dissent as 'treason,' then taking away our freedom to speak is not too far off. There has been 'mission creep' by this administration--the enemy has become anyone who opposes the U.S. way of doing things! The language being used was also used by Mussolini, Hitler and Stalin why have our ears become deaf to the intent behind words like:sleeper cell from Stalin, Homeland and New Europe from Hitler, Axis of Evil from Mussolini? She is absolutely right: we have turned over our power to hired politicians. The problem is that they too are powerless, and if you watch C-Span's two channels covering The House of Representatives and Senate...you can clearly see they have NO power to make change. They argue about the most senseless triva at the expense of the larger picture. We DO need a grassroots effort to reclaim the U.S. Constitution. And the time is NOW to create it! Thank you, Naomi Wolf, for sticking your neck out to remind us of our role in this democracy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
althought the book opened my eyes to alot of thing. This is not only the Bush administration it is society letting the government take control of every thing it is bush fault for doing it but it america fault for letting it happen . more peole need to stand up for what they want in america and stop letting the government control everything and rather we as american want to admit it the govenment can and does control everything. when reading this book.I felt that the US is just like any other country and the wealthy is the pwoerful that is not just american it is everywhere alway has been and alway will be.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A startling wake up call for anyone who loves the United States and the principles that have made the USA the beacon of light for the world. For those who consider this only a partisan effort, well Hitler had his supporters also.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Americans always think it can't happen here, but it can, and it is. Naomi Wolf, a modern-day Paul Revere, warns us that fascism is coming and that people need to wake and get active on a non-partisan basis.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a little scary to read, but probably more than a touch overstated. Is Ms. Wolf paranoid, or just trying to sell books with shock value, or is she instead actually right about a sort of pseudofacism existing in America today? The answer may be all of the above, especially the last two points. I agree that we should be highly skeptical of our leaders, especially when an apparently highly incompetent one is in charge, but things could be far worse than they are in America today. Overall, a gutsy and somewhat disturbing read that I recommend.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the scariest book I have read since 'The Shining' and it is all true. I guess I was naive. I knew the Bush administration was taking our liberties but how far and to what it could possibly lead to evaded me until I read this book. I feel the current campaigns should be address more of these ad hoc powers then the war and the economy. I hear nothing from the Democratic candidates about closing secret prisons, stopping torture or returning habeus corpus. Is that just assumed? Remember we cannot stay quiet while the government is taking away our rights and our privacy, because soon they will be coming after us. I am giving this book for my daughter to read. I encourage anyone who buys and reads this book to pass it along to neighbors and friends. The best weapon we have now against the fascist-like actions of the Bush admistration is knowledge and awareness.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read this book four times just this week. (And watched Wolf in a brilliant debate on C-Span) For those of us concerned about the direction we see our country headed, but are a bit rusty in our understanding of civics, this short primer is a no nonsense review of the steps that could alter American freedoms forever. Written by an outspoken advocate of democratic liberties, Wolf sites hundreds of examples from the past and links them effortlessly to what is happening today. I must admit that I am as guilty as anyone at letting my civic duties slide. My company was founded on the premise that there is almost nothing more important in life than ¿independent thinking.¿ I am ashamed of my lapse in the area of big government. First it was, ¿I just don¿t have time to read up on all the issues and seriously study all the candidates after all, what difference will my one vote make??¿ Then as election day rolled around it was, ¿Well I am really too busy to vote today, I will do it next time.¿ Next time never came. Sure, I am an outspoken critic of current policies at dinner parties and cocktails by the pool. Aren¿t most of us?? But now I am asking myself, sincerely, what have I done to channel my political frustration into solid action?? I agree with Wolf I have been so caught up in my own business, finances, life, family, friends, and fun that I really hadn¿t taken the time to connect all the dots. But if we don¿t start connecting the dots soon, all the wonderful opportunities that ¿seem¿ to keep us away from our citizenship responsibilities will be severely impacted. 5 Stars for Ms. Wolf and her latest book.
Pro-Naomi More than 1 year ago
For all the skeptics who might think that the ideas in this book are ridiculous, don't be fooled. Everything she says are supported by facts, also mentioned in the book. Naomi Wolf is an intelligent woman and anyone that didn't like Bush will love this book and those who like Bush should read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Being a true Patriot and Veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan...I could not even finish this book. While I understand what she was trying to do and I even could not deny some of the logic, most of it was spin and mis-direction. Anyone with a brain has to understand that books like this from someone like Naomi (and the same goes for the other side, politically) are going to be bias to their personal beliefs and in this case against the Bush Administration. I did not agree with many things the Bush Administration did or did not do, but this book made me sick at times and angry because it is so opinionated that the American people are not getting the truth, especially any of her references to the War on Terror, yes I said "War on Terror" because that's what it is and always will be. Anyway, while I don't agree with Naomi's beliefs or political views she makes a reasonable effort to bring some things to light that many people don't understand, the problem is very few authors can be down the middle on the explanations. The sad truth is that our political system is so flawed and corrupt on both sides that I do believe that we are facing a possible end of America...the current administration will be the final nail in the coffin if they keep doing what they are doing. But, I will keep trying to understand liberals, conservatives and libertarians...because I have not seen enough from any of them to feel that they have all the answers. Such is life...I just hope and pray we don't lose our freedoms. PS - If you are not engaging in anything criminal...you should not have any problem with the Patriot Act ;-)
Guest More than 1 year ago
The topic sounds good and that's the only reason why i read the book. Wolf discuss how through some of the Bush administrations actions it appears as if America is on it's way to becoming a dictatorship. Being an intellectual i always check book's refrences, and just as i figured 90% of Wolf's quotes are from left wing liberal documents, not surprising because she too is left wing. The majority of the book is Bush smashing, Bush did this and Bush did that. She tries to make it seem like Bush is Hitler or Mussolini (even though she claims she isn't trying to). One thing she doesn't hit on is that Hitler and Mussolini took power and kept it and weren't reelected. This book makes it seem like Bush is trying to take over America, yet he is leaving office soon so the new president could easily undo all the 'bad' that Bush did, so i don't see the problem? It's an interesting read, but a liberal document none the less.