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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.
This book should be taught in all schools! We all need to open our eyes to what really is happening around us.Published 9 months ago by Leonard Tobler
There is a model of history that is taught throughout American culture which does not produce or uphold individual liberty. Read morePublished 17 months ago by M. Heiss
It was interesting on the history and how the politics have remained mostly the same. Not a bad read,to the point like the others.Published 21 months ago by Ralph Stone Jr.
I am really impressed with the easy reading and amount of information in this book. It has sparked my curiousity about European history and it's affects on modern day life in the... Read morePublished 21 months ago by R. Lopez
I found this to be a helpful (albeit brief) overview not just of the Roman model but an insightful look revealing how much of our western civilization is based upon and patterned... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Rob
Mr. Maybury is like Nostradamus. This book paints the picture of how governments work and power corrupts. This should be required reading from 5th grade on. Read morePublished 22 months ago by teerav