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Dark Ages America: The Final Phase of Empire

Dark Ages America: The Final Phase of Empire

by Morris Berman


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Dark Ages America: The Final Phase of Empire

"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 greatness—extreme individualism, territorial and economic expansion, and the pursuit of material wealth—are, 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.

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ISBN-13: 9780393329773
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 04/23/2007
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 654,786
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

Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction     1
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
Notes     331
Index     373

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Dark Ages America: The Final Phase of Empire 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
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