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

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

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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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  • Format: eBook

  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780547527079

  • ISBN-10: 0547527071

  • Pages: 272

  • Price: $9.99

  • Publication Date: 05/05/2008

  • Carton Quantity: 10

Cullen Murphy
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Cullen Murphy

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

  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780547527079

  • ISBN-10: 0547527071

  • Pages: 272

  • Price: $9.99

  • Publication Date: 05/05/2008

  • Carton Quantity: 10

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