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Day of Reckoning: How Hubris, Ideology, and Greed Are Tearing America Apart Hardcover – November 27, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; 1st edition (November 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312376960
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312376963
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 1.2 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #554,492 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Vintage Buchanan: provocative, intelligent."
--Kirkus Reviews
 
"Buchanan can write, and he knows how to provoke. He presents [his foreign policy prescriptions]  forcefully and often persuasively. They deserve a wider hearing in American politics than they are currently given."
--The New York Times
 
"Those who have dismissed Buchanan in the past as a gadfly might consider what he says in his book. The future of what's left of the country could very well rest on it."
--Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
 
"Pat Buchanan's new book, "Day of Reckoning," is a tour de force ... a powerful case that free trade, multiculturalism and imperial overreach threaten to put America on the dustheap of history."
--Creators Syndicate
 
"Pat Buchanan's penetratingly astute Day of Reckoning ... is a strident wakeup call for America.... Buchanan ... will remain a strident American voice to be listened to and reckoned with for some time to come."
--Family Security Matters

Book Description

In his latest New York Times bestseller, Pat Buchanan deals with the greatest crisis facing the nation today: Whether the America we knew and loved will survive many more decades. Buchanan lays out how the United States is being secretly merged with Mexico and embedded in a Global Economy by that threatens the permanent loss of American independence and sovereignty.
     While free enterprise is good, the worship of “free trade” is de-industrializing America, killing the middle class, and imperiling U.S. economic independence. While America must stand for freedom, liberty and self-determination, the use of U.S. troops to police the planet or serve as advance guard is imperial folly that will bring down the republic. While America should speak out for human rights, the idea that we get in Russia’s face and hand out moral report cards to every nation on earth is moral arrogance.  While we have benefited from immigration, the idea we can import limitless numbers of aliens and remain anything like a real country is absurd.  To save America the first imperative is to remove from power the ideologues of both parties who have near killed the country.
     Buchanan sees America in an existential crisis.  In his final chapter, he lays out ideas to stop the suicide of America.  He includes a bottom-up review of all America’s foreign commitments and entanglements, a plan to secure America’s borders, ideas for halting the erosion of our sovereignty and for restoring our manufacturing preeminence and economic independence.  Buchanan offers a radical program, but a necessary one, for neither party is addressing the real crisis of the nation -- whether we survive much longer as one people, or disappear from history.
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Domestic Manufacturing is important!
Sidewalk Sam
The only real trouble I see with Pat's book is he is tell us, the old believers in America, what we all have long suspected but just are absolutely powerless to stop.
Bill Hensler
"Day of Reckoning" shows Buchanan as very knowledgeable and insightful.
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253 of 264 people found the following review helpful By Loyd E. Eskildson HALL OF FAME on November 26, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Pat Buchanan's latest book ("Day of Reckoning") cuts through the irrelevancy of today's politics and political correctness and clearly identifies the major threats to continuing our standard of living and world leadership. Mincing no words, he states that "America is coming apart . . . we are on a path to national suicide." Going on, he points out that we are being taken over by the greatest invasion in history (from Mexico) that is adding to the existing fragmentation of our culture and unity. European-Americans comprised 89% of the U.S. when JFK became President - now it is down to 66% and sinking further.

Buchanan sees our invasion from Mexico as a bigger threat than anything happening in Afghanistan and Iraq! Between 10 and 20 percent of all Mexicans, Central Americans and Caribbean people have already moved into the United States, about one in twelve here illegally has a criminal record (95% of the 1,200-1,500 warrants for homicide in L.A. target illegal aliens, and diseases once stamped out America such as drug-resistant TB, syphilis, and leprosy are surfacing in city after city.

Meanwhile, we act as though Social Security and Medicare are on sound footing, convince each other that free trade and the loss of millions of jobs through outsourcing to Asia is good, and ignore the hollowing out of American manufacturing that won WWII. As corporate CEOs rake in millions in pay and stock options, workers' pay stagnates and declines, and worker pensions and health care benefits also deteriorate. At the same time, the dollar sinks to new lows and may be abandoned by OPEC and Asian nations (creating financial chaos and high inflation in the U.S.
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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful By SUPPORT THE ASPCA. on January 13, 2008
Format: Hardcover
First, I suggest that readers read chapter 8-"Day Of Reckoning" first than the book in its entirety. Mr. Buchanan knows his history well & is eloquent throughout. He ignores political correctness to deliver a truth many want to ignore. He states "America is coming apart... we are on a path to national suicide."

The intro is a superb synopsis of modern history. I hope Strobe Talbott's dire prediction on pages 3-6 & Niall Ferguson's on page 16 do not come true? The Walter Cronkite's of the world be damned! The world does not need a "one world government!" I ask all the readers of this book to ask their older relatives about the validity of the author's statements on page 7? I think the answer is yes?

Ch-1 "The End Of The Pax Americana," pages 24-5 are the most poignant.
Ch-2 "The End Of A Unipolar World," the title is self explanitory with pages 34-9 & 45-6 detailing the growth of our government's hubris, as in the neo-cons imperialistictic tendencies.
Ch-3 "The Gospel Of George Bush," He gives plenty of historical examples of flawed ideologies from many societies. Including covering the mistakes from Presidents Jefferson to Wilson to Bush. The most informative were pages 69-FDR's blunders, 76-8 just how opposite the west & Islam are. On page 103, was John Adam's right?
Ch-4 "Imperial Overstretch," Mr. Lippmann was correct about our nations foreign policy often being bankrupt. Which means our liabilities outweigh our assets, pages 116-20 show huge waste of these liabilities.
Ch-5 "Who Shall Inherit The Earth?" The crucial question is, if the USA's best days are behind us? Who will become the most influential twentyfirst century society? Was Oswald Spengler right that the west has declined for good?
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Anton Karidian VINE VOICE on March 3, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The title of Pat Buchanan's DAY OF RECKONING could just as well be DOOM AND GLOOM - it's a real downer! I should note to start off that I'm a liberal, yet I agreed with Buchanan a lot more often than I expected. This is probably due to the fact that, although he may be quite conservative, he is not a NEO-conservative like George W. Bush and company. As, I much enjoyed the first half of the book, which is a vehement condemnation of Bush's decision to invade Iraq, and I agree when Buchanan describes that as senseless from many standpoints - militarily, culturally, in dealing with terrorism, and so on. Strangely, he then characterizes the desire of many Americans to get out quickly as evidence of "an empire in terminal decline" (p. 236), yet does not explain that. He helpfully details all the defense commitments we have gotten ourselves into all over the world since WW II, and I agree with his assertion that we are in "imperial overstretch." Also, I admire Buchanan's historical perspective on things, and he throws in many good quotes as part of that.

Other issues - I sympathize with his fear that we are allowing too many immigrants into the U.S., that we need to slow that down and give those here time to assimilate. Also, I agree with the general outline of his assertion that the U.S. economy is in deep trouble, and that free trade is much of the reason. I'm glad to hear him denounce conservative economist Milton Freedman's gospel on that. After all, what good are lower prices due to free trade if the cost of that is a gutted American economy and many consumers here either out of work or forced to take much lower paying jobs?

I won't attempt to summarize the entire book, so I'll just mention two issues that I strongly DISAGREE with Buchanan on.
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