Are We Rome?: The Fall of an Empire and the Fate of America

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HMH, 05.05.2008 - 272 Seiten
What went wrong in imperial Rome, and how we can avoid it: “If you want to understand where America stands in the world today, read this.” —Thomas E. Ricks

The rise and fall of ancient Rome has been on American minds since the beginning of our republic. Depending on who’s doing the talking, the history of Rome serves as either a triumphal call to action—or a dire warning of imminent collapse.

In this “provocative and lively” book, Cullen Murphy points out that today we focus less on the Roman Republic than on the empire that took its place, and reveals a wide array of similarities between the two societies (The New York Times). Looking at the blinkered, insular culture of our capitals; the debilitating effect of bribery in public life; the paradoxical issue of borders; and the weakening of the body politic through various forms of privatization, Murphy persuasively argues that we most resemble Rome in the burgeoning corruption of our government and in our arrogant ignorance of the world outside—two things that must be changed if we are to avoid Rome’s fate.

Are We Rome? is just about a perfect book. . . . I wish every politician would spend an evening with this book.” —James Fallows
 

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Nutzerbericht  - NickHowes - LibraryThing

America's top parlor game, is America mimicking the Roman Empire in its rise and fall? And we in the decline? The author makes many good points but you can take heart in his final conclusion. Despite ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Nutzerbericht  - Cheryl_in_CC_NV - LibraryThing

Looks really promising, is very easy and enjoyable to read and seems excellently researched, is concise rather than wordy - but I just had to give up because I just don't know enough classical history ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

Inhalt

Prologue The Eagle in the Mirror
1
1 The Capitals Where Republic Meets Empire
24
2 The Legions When Power Meets Reality
59
3 The Fixers When Public Good Meets Private Opportunity
91
4 The Outsiders When People Like Us Meet People Like Them
121
5 The Borders Where the Present Meets the Future
152
Epilogue There Once Was a Great City
185
Acknowledgments
207
Notes
209
Bibliography
251
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Über den Autor (2008)

Cullen Murphy is the editor-at-large at Vanity Fair and the former managing editor of the Atlantic. He is the author of Are We Rome?, The Word According to Eve, and essay collection Just Curious.

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