Dark Ages America: The Final Phase of Empire available in Paperback
"Provocative...stimulating and insightful."Publishers Weekly
In Dark Ages America, the pundit Morris Berman argues that the nation has entered a dangerous phase in its historical development from which there is no return. As the corporate-consumerist juggernaut that now defines the nation rolls on, the very factors that once propelled America to greatnessextreme individualism, territorial and economic expansion, and the pursuit of material wealthare, paradoxically, the nails in our collective coffin. Within a few decades, Berman argues, the United States will be marginalized on the world stage, its hegemony replaced by China or the European Union. With the United States just one terrorist attack away from a police state, Berman's book is a controversial and illuminating look at our current society and its ills.
|Publisher:||Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
Morris Berman is a cultural historian and the author of The Twilight of American Culture. He has held a number of university appointments, most recently as Visiting Professor of Sociology at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.
Table of Contents
Liquid Modernity 13
Economy, Technology 49
The Home and the World 81
Pax Americana 113
Axis of Resentment: Iran, Iraq, and Israel 159
The Meaning of 9/11 201
The Roads Not Taken 235
The State of the Union 281
Empire Falls 301
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Though not likely to happen, this book should be required reading in any U.S. and world history class, high school or college. The need for Americans to always create 'enemies', which diverts attention from its own ideals and domestic problems, comes to light in this well-researched book. The author shows how the dumbing down of America, making every choice seem black or white when the world is full of grey areas, dooms our future.