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  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452829535
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452829531
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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75 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Shamus Lund on July 21, 2010
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Mr. Fein presents a well researched set of ideas and has provided yet another powerful tool for the liberty advocate.

As an avid Ron Paul supporter, I was pleased to see that Mr. Fein struck a chord on all the right notes, particularly foreign policy. This topic is of incredible relevance today with the "war" in Afghanistan. The book discusses how America lost its principles of a humble foreign policy to a neo-con's wet-dream of hundreds of military bases around the world in a perpetual state of war... a boon to the military-industrial complex.

Another pillar of Fein's work is the topic of economics and the free-market system versus centralized/government-run markets. He makes the case that America has spent itself into oblivion at the hands of both Democratic and Republican controlled administrations.

A wonderful read for true conservatives who respect the Constitution, limited government, a humble foreign policy, and fiscal responsibility. This book is a great wake-up call and slap in the face to every tax-and-spend liberal as well as war-mongering neo-cons, both of whom seem to be sprinting towards tyrannical government control.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Shane Stevens on July 29, 2010
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Constitutional Scholar Bruce Fein takes a candid approach in this accurate, though sad, look at how far the American people have allowed their country to descend from a Republic self-governed to a near-dictatorship empire focused on expansion at any cost. Yes, it is upon the shoulders of the American people where he rests the lion's share of blame, for it is "We the People" who are granted phenomenal powers over government in the Charter Documents of the United States; it is we who have ultimately failed in remaining true to the legacy of the Founding Fathers in reining in corruption and adhering to the principles of the Constitution.

Fein leaves little room for bickering or finger-pointing as he slices into key moments of history (like the Mexican-American War) to illustrate as clearly as possible the shift the nation took from Republic to Empire. He does nothing to defend the defilers of the Constitution and picks out the worst culprits in our descent to Empire, their part in history laid bare -- such as John Adams' signing of the Alien and Sedition Act -- proving Madison and Jefferson right in their desire to restrain the Executive when even a Founding Father would abuse powers not granted him by the Constitution.

Fein unrepentingly targets the Executive, the Legislative, and Judicial branches, outlining their missteps with quotes from the wonderful Federalist Papers and from our Founding Fathers to set the tone for how the American Republic was meant to be, and through the darkness lights a candle of hope that we could one day reclaim the greatness America was meant for -- but only if we are willing to collectively take a stand and seize the powers granted to us by the Constitution over government.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Daniel P McCarthy on August 1, 2010
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I lent some editorial assistance to Campaign for Liberty in producing this book, so I'm certainly biased. That said, American Empire: Before the Fall was not what I was expecting -- Bruce Fein is a constitutional lawyer, but this was no lawyerly book, at least not in the pejorative sense. To be sure, Fein constructs a carefully argued and copiously documented case that our foreign policy is very much at odds with the best traditions the Founding Fathers bequeathed to us. But this is also an intensely passionate book, a cry from the heart of a man whose country has been stolen from him.

Fein packs a lot into a text of under 200 pages. He shows how presidential power and the executive branch as a whole have expanded relentlessly since 9/11. He traces the roots of our corrupted foreign policy into the 19th century, and shows how the imperial urge grew stronger in the 20th. He also describes the prudent alternative contained in the nation's "Charter Documents" -- by which he means not only the Declaration of Independence and Constitution, but also key foreign-policy speeches of George Washington and John Quincy Adams. All along, he rebuts arguments asserting that empire was necessary or inevitable. Far from being essential to America's freedom and prosperity, our hyperintervetionist foreign policy undermines constitutional liberties at home and breeds enmity abroad.

The book is an excellent introduction to contemporary non-interventionist thinking. As such, it will be useful not only to libertarians and antiwar conservatives, but also to liberals and hawkish conservatives who want to understand this neglected tradition.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By LoverofLiberty on July 22, 2010
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Great book on a very timely topic. Mr. Fein obviously did a tremendous amount of research to write this book and his writing style is superb. It is certainly thought provoking for those on the right and the left.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By JSB Morse VINE VOICE on August 3, 2010
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With concise, accessible history, Bruce Fein illustrates American history from its unique and noble beginnings to its imperial and tragic current state. Going over the country's charter documents and quotes from the Founding Fathers, the author presents a basis for this American character arc and sets the tone for the struggles we face today. Fein quotes James Madison in the Federalist Papers saying that government must be given control over its people but then must constrain itself. For decades, it appeared that constraint had been established. But the author shows that a transformation occurred from the Mexican-American war through World War II in which this country went from an institution of liberty and peace to an empire. This empire has culminated in the Bush-Cheney-Obama triumvirate--an ugly group of leaders by any standard--which has consistently worked against liberty and the original intent of this country notwithstanding all the "hope" and "change" promised. The thesis is that the growing American empire is unconstitutional, illogical, and unsustainable, a point that is lost today on most of the supporters of said empire.

Fein finally offers a glimpse of real change in a revolution of liberty. It ends a tragedy with a silver lining, which will hopefully go a long way in bringing us back to liberty... or else.

JSBM, Author "Gods of Ruin: A Political Thriller"
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