Dark Ages America: The Final Phase of Empire

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W. W. Norton & Company, Feb 7, 2011 - Political Science - 400 pages
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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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User Review  - Illiniguy71 - LibraryThing

Berman's depressing indictment of contemporary American culture and empire may be somewhat overstated but is nonetheless largely valid. Note how, since this book was written, Obama has had to bow to ... Read full review

DARK AGES AMERICA: The Final Phase of Empire

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A resounding, if sometimes overwrought, indictment of all that is wrong with American culture, from arrogance to xenophobia and all points between.As sociologist and cultural critic Berman (Wandering ... Read full review

Contents

Liquid Modernity
13
Economy Technology
49
The Home and the World
81
Pax Americana
113
Iran Iraq and Israel
159
The Meaning of 911
201
The Roads Not Taken
235
The State of the Union
281
Empire Falls
301
Notes
331
Index
373
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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.

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