Why America Failed

Why America Failed

The Roots of Imperial Decline

Book - 2012
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Why America Failed shows how, from its birth as a nation of "hustlers" to its collapse as an empire, the tools of the country's expansion proved to be the instruments of its demise

Why America Failed is the third and most engaging volume of Morris Berman's trilogy on the decline of the American empire. In The Twilight of American Culture, Berman examined the internal factors of that decline, showing that they were identical to those of Rome in its late-empire phase. In Dark Ages America, he explored the external factors—e.g., the fact that both empires were ultimately attacked from the outside—and the relationship between the events of 9/11 and the history of U.S. foreign policy.

  • In his most ambitious work to date, Berman looks at the "why" of it all
  • Probes America's commitment to economic liberalism and free enterprise stretching back to the late sixteenth century, and shows how this ideology, along with that of technological progress, rendered any alternative marginal to American history
  • Maintains, more than anything else, that this one-sided vision of the country's purpose finally did our nation in

Why America Failed is a controversial work, one that will shock, anger, and transform its readers. The book is a stimulating and provocative explanation of how we managed to wind up in our current situation: economically weak, politically passe, socially divided, and culturally adrift. It is a tour de force, a powerful conclusion to Berman's study of American imperial decline.

Baker & Taylor
Explores the historical development of American culture and how elements of what has made the United States a leading player in world affairs, including economic liberalism and free enterprise, have ultimately contributed to its decline.

Publisher: Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley, c2012
ISBN: 9781118061817
Branch Call Number: 973.3 BER
Characteristics: xviii, 238 p. ; 25 cm


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May 25, 2017

Though an eloquently written book containing some nuggets of truth, ultimately this book fails in it's premise. Quoting people who share your worldview to confirm your worldview is not particularly enlightening. Neither is using anecdotal stories The premise of the civil war chapter was interesting and it was refreshing to see that the author had a credible view of people's desires. There are people who want this to be accurate but I'll just point out that the USA has been ranked 1 or 2 on the the World Giving Index so I am not sure if the populace is as vapid as the author suggests.

RamseyDale Jun 01, 2013

This is a very illuminating book. I thought the chapter concerning the Civil War was also thought-provoking in a very good sense. Morris Berman is a mna without illusions with what Hemingway called a good "built-in s--t detecter."

May 31, 2013

Brilliant book!

emily8 Apr 29, 2013

finally a book you can have some peace of mind with - he is correct about our country and where it is headed (where else could it go?). also agree with other two comments - too bad europe bought into their oligarchs and austerity - they will soon follow us... highly recommend!

Jul 07, 2012

A most excellent finish to a most excellent trilogy on the decline of the American Empire. Should be required reading for all citizens.
Also a great guide to further reading. For me it was a great relief to read a book of this sort that, for a change, does not end with some simplistic and utterly unbelievable remedy for the ills of our failing republic.

rchkch Nov 17, 2011

Good riddance to thwe american empire, let us save the human race.

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