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Ancient Rome: How It Affects You Today (An Uncle Eric Book.) 2nd Edition

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Gr 7-9--Little will be learned about the history of ancient Rome from this polemical exposition of right-wing, libertarian philosophy. Maybury focuses more on the perceived evils of 20th-century governments than on a description of the Roman world. He attributes all the economic and political problems of today's society to the persistence of the ``Roman disease'' of imperial government and he faults teachers and politicians for failing to understand the pervasive influence of the ``Roman model'' over the centuries. In the form of chatty letters from ``Uncle Eric'' to ``Chris,'' the author inveighs against this Roman model of strong government that has led directly, he says, to Hitler, Mussolini, Zhirinovsky's rhetoric in Russia, and the chaotic conditions of Eastern Europe today. And yet, in a twisted bit of historical reasoning, he blames the evils of the anarchic Dark Ages of early Europe on the collapse of that very Roman system of government and law. The model the world should follow, according to Maybury, is ``common law,'' which is vaguely (and mistakenly) said to have originated in the Roman Republic before the growth of the Empire, and which is summed up in two basic natural laws--personal integrity and respect for property. These tenets of individualism are all that is needed, he says, to create true civilization and economic prosperity. The author supports this claim with maps, occasional quotations from the Founding Fathers, and a bibliography that lists his own writings and a few standard but dated history books about ancient Rome. Libraries can, and should, offer different political viewpoints, but this book is neither well-reasoned political science nor fact-based history. It's just propaganda.

Shirley Wilton, Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ

Copyright 1995 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"'Ancient Rome' is essential reading for high school students and their parents and will be particularly valuable in conjunction with government, economics, and twentieth century history studies." --Martha Robinson, Reviewer for

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Product Details

  • Series: An Uncle Eric Book.
  • Paperback: 110 pages
  • Publisher: Bluestocking Pr; 2nd edition (June 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0942617568
  • ISBN-13: 978-0942617566
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #316,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard Maybury, also known as Uncle Eric, is a world renowned author, lecturer, and geopolitical analyst. He consults with business firms in the U.S. and Europe. Mr. Maybury is the former Global Affairs editor of "Moneyworld" and widely regarded as one of the finest free-market writers in America. Mr. Maybury's articles have appeared in "The Wall Street Journal", "USA Today", and other major publications. He has penned eleven books in the Uncle Eric series. His books have been endorsed by top business leaders, including former U.S. Treasury Secretary William Simon, and he has been interviewed on more than 250 radio and TV shows across America.

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98 of 103 people found the following review helpful By J. P. Ledbetter on December 29, 2002
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I was surprise to see so few reviews of this seventh book in the nine book series from Mr. Maybury. It astonished me even more to find a library review that seemed to attack him. This could not have been a person who has given the "Uncle Eric" series a fair and balanced hearing.
To attack Mr. Maybury for presenting a compressed view of history on the grounds that they put forth, proves that they do not fully understand nor comprehend the overall spirit and intent of his books. As a matter of fact I found that review rather childish, inept and unjustifiable.
In any case I find this book no different than all the rest, a good read, informative and thought provoking. Mr. Maybury tells us way back in his first book of this series...that they are all simply one man's opinion of how we have arrived where we are today. It is up to the reader to research futher and consider whether they want to accept his evaluation or not. Surely tolerance itself would dictate he get a just hearing in that regard. Big government does oppress the people, and anyone who does not agree with that is just plain simple-minded.
I found this book thought provoking, challenging and educational on a level that I guess the library in queston cannot comprehend.
As a primer to history, economics, moral issues, government, polictics, money and countless other subjects Mr. Maybury brings a method that should be more widely used to educate our children. At least on the most basic level to spart their interest and bring such matters down to a level of simplification that does not turn the young reader off.
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful By piffer on March 12, 2000
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This is one of a series of facinating books made by Uncle Eric.One very good point he makes is that history can seem like a meaningless arangement of dates unless we have a model to base it on.The book also discuses the history of the roman model and its influence through WWII.A very interesting point in this book is the power matrix. What is the power matrix you ask? Well the power matrix is the main powers that are fighting today. The old power matrix used to be Soviet Socialism vs. US Democracy.The power matrix today is Fuedalism vs. Facism vs. Islam,if your wondering why it has changed I recomend you read the book.It goes in to much more detail. Many more points are brought up in this book and I recomend it to anyone who wants to gain further knowledge of Gov. and Econ!
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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful By IndiansJN on February 7, 2004
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These books are fun to read and make some interesting assertions. The origins of common law, higher law and the laws we have in America are a conglomeration of ideas, hammered out by the founders of our system of government not without much compromise. I find no particular fault with the research in this book. I haven't traveled to 40 different countries as Uncle Eric has, or spent a lifetime researching economic changes and how they play out over time in relation to shifts in politics, and legal trends. My situation lends iself to research and the historical facts Uncle Eric presents are accurate, his intrepretation is certainly not mainstream and that is appealing to the study of history as it makes the study of the past more human in that there are many sides to any issue and each persons set of experiences will lead them to a different conclusion. Uncle Eric is not a rabid dog for his point of view as some authors I have noted lately can be, no name calling in these books or denegrating a political party. Excellent reading for the family who likes thoughtful discussion!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By CTWalter on August 24, 2012
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This is one of the most concise, informative, and priceless 'gold-nugets' of understanding all wrapped up in less than 100 pages. There are much loftier tomes, volumes that are hundreds and hundreds of pages long, think Alexis de Tocqueville, and there are shorter works that are drier than an egyptian mummy, think F.A. Hayek, but few explain the concept of corrupt government and its collapse as easily as this. This book can be grasped in great detail by Middle or High School students, and even those of us who are educated and have too much learning to cloud our judgement. I also think it very funny that the 'Editorial review' written for the School Library Journal by Shirley Wilton is extremely telling of who and what she is. The book obviously struck a very sensitive nerve to cause her to react as she did. As she seeks to instruct those in charge of school libraries not to allow this book in the library, she uses lop-sided examples of what the book/author says. She also forgets to mention that it is a lack of critical thinkning taught in public schools that creates a fertile field for certain world views and the inability to reason what is wrong with them. She either skimmed over the book, already predisposed to bash and dismiss it, or she actually read it carefully and misrepresented what it said in defense of her own pseudo-religious zeal. In either case, she got it wrong. She should try reading Democracy In America, if her religio-political sensibilities could handle the strain. And yes, Shirley, there is a different world view than yours.

Amazing Book for all those who sense something is terribly wrong and can't seem to put their finger on it or can't find the words to articulate it. This is the core explanation.
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