The End of America: Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot [NOOK Book]

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An impassioned call to action to Americans from all walks of life to restore the checks and balances and our time-honored protections against abuses of power outlined by our Founding Fathers.

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

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Overview

An impassioned call to action to Americans from all walks of life to restore the checks and balances and our time-honored protections against abuses of power outlined by our Founding Fathers.

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

  • ISBN-13: 9781603580113
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/5/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Yes
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 455,528
  • File size: 912 KB

Meet the Author

Naomi Wolf was born in San Francisco in 1962. She was an undergraduate at Yale University and did her graduate work at New College, Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar.


Her essays have appeared in various publications including: The New Republic, Wall Street Journal, Glamour, Ms., Esquire, The Washington Post, and The New York Times. She also speaks widely to groups across the country. The Beauty Myth,, her first book, was an international bestseller. She followed that with Fire With Fire: The New Female Power and How It Will Change The 21st Century, published by Random House in 1993, and Promiscuities: The Secret Struggle for Womanhood, published in 1997. Misconceptions, released in 2001, is a powerful and passionate critique of pregnancy and birth in America. In 2002, Harper Collins published a 10th anniversary commemorative edition of The Beauty Myth.

In The Treehouse: Eccentric Wisdom from My Father on How to Live, Love and See (2005), Wolf shared the enduring wisdom of her father, Leonard Wolf, a poet and teacher who believes that every person is an artist in their own unique way.


Wolf is co-founder of The Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership, an organization devoted to training young women in ethical leadership for the 21st century. The institute teaches professional development in the arts and media, politics and law, business and entrepreneurship as well as ethical decision making. She lives with her family in New York City.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: Ten steps
1. The founders and the fragility of democracy
2. Invoke an external and internal threat
3. Establish secret prisons
4. Develop a paramilitary force
5. Surveil ordinary citizens
6. Infiltrate citizens' groups
7. Arbitrarily detain and release citizens
8. Target key individuals
9. Restrict the press
10. Cast criticism as "espionage" and dissent as "treason"
11. Subvert the rule of law
Conclusion: The patriot's task

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2009

    Misleading title at best...

    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 ;-)

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  • Posted September 21, 2010

    A must-read for anyone who cares about our democracy

    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.

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  • Posted October 4, 2009

    Everyone Should Read This

    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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  • Posted March 15, 2009

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    Amazing!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2009

    Read this book!

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2008

    A Must Read for Everyone Living in the United States

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2008

    already and dont relaize it

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2008

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    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2007

    A must read for all who care about the direction this country has taken

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2007

    A reviewer

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2007

    Outstanding Cautionary Report

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2008

    read with caution

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2007

    A Real Wake-Up Call for All Who Value American Democracy

    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.

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