After America: Get Ready for Armageddon

After America: Get Ready for Armageddon

by Mark Steyn


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Mark Steyn's New York Times bestseller, After America, is now in paperback! Featuring a new introduction and updated throughout, After America takes on Obama's disastrous plan for our nation, and reveals exactly what a post-American world will look like if we don't change our ways soon. Says Steyn: "Nothing is certain but debt and taxes. And then more debt. If the government of the United States had to use GAAP (the 'Generally Accepted Accounting Practices' that your company and the publisher of this book have to use), Uncle Sam would be under an SEC investigation and his nephews and nieces would have taken away the keys and cut up his credit card." Slim as it is, however, Steyn argues there is still hope. "Americans face a choice: you can rediscover the animating principles of the American idea—of limited government, a self-reliant citizenry, and the opportunities to exploit your talents to the fullest—or you can join most of the rest of the western world in terminal decline. This is a battle for the American idea, and it's an epic one, but you can do anything you want to do. So do it." Bitingly funny and wickedly clever, After America is Mark Steyn at his best.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596983274
Publisher: Regnery Publishing
Publication date: 09/18/2012
Pages: 424
Sales rank: 453,112
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Mark Steyn is the bestselling author of the book America Alone. His writing on war, politics, the arts, and culture has appeared in almost every major newspaper around the world, from The Wall Street Journal to The Irish Times to The Australian. In the United States he is National Review’s “Happy Warrior,” as well as a regular guest-host on America’s number one radio show, The Rush Limbaugh Show , and America’s number two cable news show, Hannity on Fox News. He lives in New Hampshire.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Paperback Edition: The Brink of Suddenly ix

Prologue: The Stupidity of Broke 1

Chapter 1 The New Rome 25

Chapter 2 Undreaming America 45

Chapter 3 The New Athens 103

Chapter 4 Decline 127

Chapter 5 The New Britannia 189

Chapter 6 Fall 211

Chapter 7 The New Jerusalem 269

Chapter 8 After 279

Epilogue: The Hope of Audacity 325

Acknowledgments 351

Notes 353

Index 405

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greenberet_ranger66 More than 1 year ago
I bought this book knowing full well the content would be excellent and detailed in it's relevance to American Decline. I was not disappointed. This book is a page-turning eye-opener for all who have somehow sleep walked throughout the past few decades. If you want to know truths about American decay and decline I suggest anyone with an open mind buy this book, read it, and wake up to the stark reality laid out by its author Mark Steyn. It is one of those books you can put on the shelf next to the best of the best in your collection. I would recommend it to anyone who has the objectivity to read into the subtle warning therein. A gripping and telling tale that will make you reconsider many of your sheepish views and even might wake you from a far too long apathetic slumber in regards to American stature in a World all too determined to see our nation fall. I would stake my Honor on the validity of the facts and truths of this book. SFC Daniel L. Diaz, USA, ret.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fine read in typical Mark Steyn style. His "what if?" approach and theories for America's outcome if we continue to hurtle down the path we are now on. Parallels to the decline of European nations and the interaction of that bunch of nations and the United States...and how we can look like the 3rd world if we choose to continue in the downward direction we are being forced to travel presently. A sobering conjecture to make you think what things could look like if we don't abort this ride to doom.
Tunguz More than 1 year ago
Mark Steyn is no stranger to controversy and to the particularly scathing vain of apocalyptic social commentary. In “America Alone” he addressed an increasing sense of isolation on the part of America in world that seems to be irrevocably sliding away from the many principles that had built the Western Civilization. Unfortunately, in the intervening years even America and Americans have been drifting away from those same values and principles, and in Steyn’s view are headed towards the inevitable doom. In “After America” he presents his case for this assessment. A doomsday books ought not to be this much fun to read. Steyn’s wit, erudition, and style are second to none in today’s polemical political punditry, and in his latest book he’s been combining them and using them to the max. He strips naked all the liberal sacred cows and reduces to the brutal essentials many of the big-state arguments from the left. Steyn argues that the recent encroachment on individual liberties in the US under the Obama administration, and a concomitant increase of the nanny state, are actively undermining the political and economic health of America, and make it far less competitive in the ever more treacherous seas of the changing geopolitical realignments. Aside form the economic uncompetitiveness, it’s the lack of leadership when it comes to individual freedom that is rapidly eroding America’s unique leadership position. As many generations of immigrants have known for well over two centuries, including Steyn and myself, America has for well over two centuries been a beacon to all who try to escape or overcome tyranny in all parts of the world. And in our view, the world without such strong and unique American leadership is a much more dangerous and uncertain world. Steyn is a very opinionated writer, and this is one of his main selling points, as well as one of his biggest liabilities. He has a particular set of opinions, and although most of them form a coherent right-leaning worldview, he has enough of the personal pet peeves thrown into the equation that it’s inevitable that some of that stuff will not resonate with all of his fans. I personally don’t see the decline of government-sponsored space program as part of the decline of America itself. The space program was conceived and executed at the height of the cold war and it had its own rationale and value in promoting the American know-how and acting as a stand-in for all of American technological supremacy. Unfortunately, in my opinion the space program has been a victim of its own success. Like all other government programs of that size and scope it de-incentivized any privately initiated space exploration ventures for the better part of half a century. As it has been successfully demonstrated recently with the launch of Space X, the private sector has fully caught up and is able to execute space programs on its own. If this trend continues or, even more likely, accelerates, then in the decades ahead we may witness the true renaissance of the space exploration, and America-based private ventures at the center of it. This book is a great read that provides a lot of insights and food for thought. However, it is an extremely partisan book and it’s unlikely that anyone who is not already persuaded by its premise will find it convincing. For those of us, on the other hand, who are concerned with the future of freedom in America and beyond this book can serve as a much needed and welcome call to arms.
vaportrail More than 1 year ago
Profound. Insightful. Disturbing. Provoking.
sabastineraistlin More than 1 year ago
For those who love to keep on the cutting edge of information especially about this great nation that we live in. This book is another eye-opening, great detailed, informative book that would give great insight in where our nation is going. A must read for these troubled times.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After America Get Ready for Armageddon by Mark Steyn, talks about choices by politicians, citizens, leaders, and presidents that have lead America to Armageddon. Chapter six, Fall Beyond the Green Zone, stood out by stating how America¿s debt will be paid by countless generations to come. In this chapter, it explained how the government has spent money that we do not have, also known as ¿deficit spending.¿ Effects of deficit spending are unemployment and program cuts. Cutting back on money spent will make our economy will suffer more. When America borrows money to control deficit spending, America becomes in debt with other nations which puts America at a disadvantage. If America keeps borrowing from other nations it will take a toll on the future generations and will cause America to head towards Armageddon. After reading the book After America Get Ready for Armageddon, I would recommend it to anyone who wants to know the truth about America¿s past/present mistakes and how future generations will be affected.
grips13 More than 1 year ago
Don't read this book if you're already depressed about the way this great country is headed. If not for Mark's incredible wit, it would have been hard to endure to the end. Like Titantic, or the Halocaust, you know how this one is going to end, and it isn't pretty. He actually confirmed my suspicions. Good job, Mr. Steyn. I guess I'll see you in Texas pretty soon; right after the secession.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very insightful
dele2451 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Somehow Mr. Steyn makes serious politics and dire detailed statistics, dare I say it, FUNNY. The startling information is enough to make any liberty- and debt-conscious American/Western European cry in their oatmeal if they could only stop laughing long enough at the take-no-prisoners oneliners. Hated that the information is true and terrifying, loved that he had the heart to tell it to us without a lot of PC doubletalk and jumbled up economics-ese. Although I know many condemn it as such, I hesitate to classify this as a "political" book because it really isn't--he torpedoes people on both sides of the blue/red fence and a bunch of others who fall somewhere between or well outside of it. It's just a wake-up call to the evils of an over-sized government we and our allies can't afford. Frankly, I would have considered giving this book a rare "5" if it hadn't been for the title. C'mon Mr. Steyn--the pic, spot-on analysis, and information were enough. Why did you have to stoop to tacky sensationalism by adding the sub-title? I highly recommend this book. I almost wish it was required reading for registered voters, but that would just add another level of bureaucracy.
Renzomalo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After America: Get Ready For Armageddon is Mark Steyn¿s sequel to America Alone, and while an interesting and entertaining read, it is dour in its conclusions and predictions. It offers but limited hope that the American People will wake up in time and in sufficient numbers to resuscitate their once great nation. In entertaining and humorous anecdotes, Steyn lays out America¿s cultural folly and suicidal course as a great nation, pointing out that what he¿s saying is neither new nor some clairvoyant insight but a simple recalling of history. It¿s all happened before.When the Roman Empire fell darkness ensued for hundreds of years, but when the British Empire fell hardly anyone noticed because, Steyn says, America was there to allow for a gentle landing. The transition of power was smooth and America¿s actions were much in the manner of a benevolent, democratic giant. However, the theme of After America is that if - or when - America falls, the powers that will likely remain (China, Iran, Russia, etc¿) are neither democratic nor benevolent and darkness (lack of individual freedom) will again ensue. A very good read, politically and literarily. Steyn¿s command of the language and witty style could make reading your own obituary (or America¿s) fun ¿ well, almost.
RobertP on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not so incisive as America Alone. Rather a lot of drift in the conclusion. But a good and certainly sobering read.
Julianuslxiv More than 1 year ago
Well written. Well sourced. Demonstrates in how much fun financial statistics can be while leaving the reader wondering how long it might be for the real "End of America."
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Love all his work....this book is like when he fills in for Rush. Frenetic, fantasmagorical and first rate. Hope I spelled all that gush correctly, but who cares? A top rate, hilarious slap in our faces.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wasn treally into social studies when I was in grade school but this this is diffrent.
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Some very good points made. Loved the book.
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