A Republic Not an Empire: Reclaiming America's Destiny

A Republic Not an Empire: Reclaiming America's Destiny

by Patrick J. Buchanan
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A Republic, Not an Empire Reclaiming America's Destiny 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Must reading for every serious voter !!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Pat Buchanan is a conservative. No kidding. So why would I be surprised to see reviews saying it is a conservative view? How about jealousy? PLease, put that aside. This is an American history story. I wish my school days had taught more of the events, people, situations, and conditions surrounding both notable and quietly talked about events that have taken place in the history of the United States. It is the details delivered in an easy to read story that IS the U.S.A. The United States is a Republic and not an empire. After reading this book, I had gained insight and knowledge about our history. I would not have come away with anywhere near as much if it had been written by someone that constantly put down our country's origin and interjected opinions that delivered a message that did not tended to support our freedoms and liberties. Yet, Mr. Buchanan does not always write kindly about the government, surprise, but he does not hit and run. He writes why things went the way they did. He wrote it in easy to read format. Yes, he was attacked on a couple of points he wrote about. The attacks were attributed to writings in this book. After reading it, I concluded that those who ripped Mr. Buchanan did not read the book. I have written this review about four years after reading the book. I still recommend this book for learning about our country, our history, ourselves. If I taught a U.S. history class, I'd use this book! Easy to read and follow, this IS NOT a boring history book! The knowledge and insight gained will more than linger.
Guest More than 1 year ago
¿At the opening of the twentieth century there were five great western empires-the British, French, Russian, German, and Austro-Hungarian and two emerging great powers: Japan and the United States. By Century¿s end, all of the empires had disappeared. How did they perish? By war-all of them.¿ (page3) Thus Pat Buchanan begins his book, A Republic, Not An Empire. The book is Buchanan¿s way of redefining himself and to broaden his appeal. When it first came out the media trashed it. Both the conservative as well as the liberal reviews panned in on the World War II chapter and found the book unacceptable. On the heels of Brokaw¿s The Greatest Generation, Buchanan¿s book making a case that there was no need for the United States to have gotten involved in the war took away from the egotistical, feel good , self aggrandizing mood. The media spoke about nothing else except this chapter, which argued Russia and England had already stopped the Nazi advance and that Japan was pushed into the war by the U.S. oil embargo. He says the embargo was already a declaration of ¿economic war against an oil-starved nation,¿ a nation simply looking out for its ¿national interests,¿ which was empire building in Asia. To Buchanan this all makes sense because he has just prior to this, for over 285 pages made the case that America¿s own empire building was perfectly justified. Only he does not call the continental encroachment empire building, but uses the more traditional term ¿manifest destiny,¿ insisting that they are not the same thing. Buchanan almost pulls it off. His depiction of American history, bolstered by quotes from historians, presidents, and other major political figures separates American history into a more or less isolationist camp identified with George Washington and a later empire stage begun by McKinley and advanced by Woodrow Wilson. This hair splitting even seems sensible to a point, if only because it is not quite as mad as the present policy which is in a new war each time you blink. I appreciate the effort Buchanan has made here. He recognizes that it is war and over extension that is the primary problem. He recognizes that when it comes to building an empire there is really no place for a Democratic Republic. These are not realizations that are easy to come by for many people who think of themselves as Conservatives. But Buchanan is wrong. It is not the national interest that¿s important but the conscience of each individual, the dream of true liberty which is to free the mind from the umbilical cord of one¿s own making. The national interest is the great lie, the first rationalization made by the power mad, a cloak for the drive toward conquest and empire. It is an age old story, the attempt to convince people to find answers in the words of their leaders rather than in the depths of our own hearts and souls.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mr. Buchanan has written an excellent book. Keep trying sir because i'll keep voting for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Reading this book frightens the living daylights out of me. Any party that leans in the direction of this things ideology should be avoided like the plague.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow, why would yu want to buy this book - to have nightmares about the fascists taking over USA?
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is frightening. Each chapter is a rationalization of why Americans do not need or deserve civil rights.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Pat Buchanan's book reflects the sad misgvings of a small mind. Anyone who not only tolerates the slaugther of others, but openly celebrates their deaths; who would threaten those who have no motive other than to fill their stomachs; while at the same time praising the behavior of imperial Japan and Hilter during World War II may have some serious pyschological probelms. The question he poses, should America accpet its fate and become an obscure empire; as opposed to a inward looking, xenophobic America that can stand independent of all things in a intolerent Taliban, --take me back to the golden age-- kind of way is not a healthy message. This is not the America of our mothers and fathers. That this was written recently, gives one pause to reflect; and after reading this book I think we should seriously ask ourselves if this is the kind of person we want to give any kind of power, in any form whatsoever! This books speaks more about the inherent quality of our leaders than it does about America. America is made of almost 300 million people from every country on the planet. America is the home of men like Lincoln. I guess when you have had some of the very best leaders in the world you should also expect this kind of thing. My review of this book would be more appropriate and ultimately better if I leave it at : A frightening look at the close parallels between the American far-right and the Reichstaag under Hitler. Yikes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Buchanan does a wonderful job examinging current foreign policy of the United States, and then uses history to back up his claim that our Union is overexerting itself. Whether you generally agree or disagree with Buchanan, the book is a must read to simply stimulate yoru own thought on what our foreign policy should actually be. The book will open up the eyes of most readers to what Washington is actually doing overseas.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Much of the criticism I have read about Mr. Buchanan's book range from unfounded assertions that he recreates history to propagandistic claims that he supports Adolph Hitler. These criticisms are typical of the age of Clinton where a president could be caught fornicating with a college girl and those who are offended by it are called perverts. Those who attack Mr. Buchanan's premise that, had Britain and France not guaranteed unavailable protection for Poland from Germany, WWII could have possibly been isolated into a war of attrition between the 20th century's two greatest evils--Naziism and Communism--as support for Hitler shows narrow-minded and somewhat selective their indignation. Let us remember that our ally, Joseph Stalin, executed 10 times as many Russians as Hitler did Germans. It needs also be remembered that our WWII ally, the Soviet Union, sponsored the type of international oppression that eventually led to the Cambodian killing fields that we now ignore for the sake of allowing transnational industrialists access to cheap labor. It is also worthy to note that WWII ended with the Soviet Union expanding its borders and influence and the United States footing the bill to contain that expansion. Before any suggestion that Mr. Buchanan is being creative with history or promoting fascist oppression, please find a copy of the book and look at the sizable number of footnotes and references. Also please keep in mind that during the past presidential campaign Mr. Buchanan had a Jewish press secretary, a Rabbi on his board of directors, and won the endorsement of the New York Right to Life party which is also headed by a Rabbi. The evidence seems to contradict the claims of people who throw about cheap character slurs and psuedo-intellectual obfuscations to discredit a repsonsible work.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK IS AN EXCELLENT SUMMARY OF OUR AMERICAN HISTORY AND A GOOD WAKE UP CALL FOR OUR TIME. I HAVE READ THE BOOK TWICE AND FOUND IT MORE INTERESTING THE SECOND TIME. ANYONE WHO CLAIMS THAT THE AUTHOR IS AN ISOLATIONIST JUST HASN'T READ THE BOOK.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If any rational American reads this book, he must realize that America's only chance of survival in the future is to return to the principles given to us by Washington in his farewell address. Stay out of foreign wars and entangling alliances! I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the little 'side notes' of history.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Pat was once a great Republican who wanted to become the nominee of his Party because the others who were seeking the nomination weren't conservative enough for him. Then, he got to New Hampshire and discovered that the only way to win was to abandon his long held Republican position in support of free trade. This, even though we all learned in Economics 101 that all the reshuffling from the horse and buggy to the Boeing 747 made progress possible. Yes, heart wrenching stories about exploited, downsized little people are told over and over again so power will be given to liberal socialists so that progress can be managed by them rather than the fools who prefer to travel by 747 rather than horse and buggy. If there is one thing economists increasingly agree on it is free trade. They teach us that if you can only buy things made within 100 miles of your home your standard of living would be cut by 99% and that if you can freely buy things made anywhere in the world your standard of living would go up by 99%. In a booming free trade world Pat's conversion is doing him very little good. Maybe even some could have forgiven this purely political conversion but now, in addition, he wants us to abandon our very Republican foreign policy commitments around the world too. The book shows much knowledge of recent world history which is very nice in a presidential candidate, but the notion of withdrawing from the world is plain dumb: 1) we are, as Ronald Reagan said, the last best hope for freedom.-without American ideals on freedom from gov't, and individual liberty the Old World and the East would descend into chaos. 2) We were not involved prior to WW11; then dragged in late, and 60 million died. Our bombers flew over Germany without fighter escort and were decimated because our isolationist policy led us to the conclusion that we did not need a superior military to save the world or defend ourselves. 3) Today we are heavily involved around the world in promoting American ideals and militarily defending them. This policy stops the Hitler's and Sadams in there tracks and gets our allies to do much of the fighting and dying long before a conflict might reache our shores. 4) The world is now technologically linked and far smaller than ever; the likelihood that future conflicts might stay localized is more minimal than ever. Pat is suggesting these things to be different; to get a nomination, but he is also dead wrong, and confusing us about the real issues in American politics which have always had to do with the issues between Democrats and Republicans. Please read : $Q$Understanding The Difference Between Democrats and Republicans$Q$ it is the classic text on the basic issues of American politics that we have faced for 200 years each time we enter the voting booth. Pat is doing his nation great harm with his ego centric bid for a 3rd party nomination. He distracts us from the 200 year old, on going debate between Democrats and Republicans that has always defined our couontry. If you're going to read about politics read about the real issues, the issues you'll vote on for the rest of your life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK SHOULD BE ESSENTIAL READING FOR EVERY AMERICAN AS IT IS A FABULOUS REVIEW OF AMERICAN HISTORY, AS IT RELATES TO FORIEGN POLICY.