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Library Journal (starred review)-
This latest offering from best-selling author Wolf, The Beauty Myth, is a harbinger of an age that may finally see the patriarchal realm of political discourse usurped. Here is Wolf's compellingly and cogently argued political argument for civil rights, not women's rights. She contributes this call to action to a canon that from Plato and Aristotle to Hobbes and Locke and forward, with a few exceptions (e.g., Hannah Arendt), has been largely populated by men. Wolf's work is actually closer to the agitated, passionate polemics of Emma Goldman than the ponderous, philosophical musings of Arendt. Readers will appreciate her energy and urgency as she warns we are living through a dangerous "fascist shift" brought about by the Bush administration. Her chapters outline the "Ten Steps to Fascism" citing historical corollaries (as well as the pigs in Orwell's Animal Farm), with headings like "Invoke an External and Internal Threat," "Establish Secret Prisons," and "Target Key Individuals." In other words, fascism can exist without dictatorship. Her book's publication through a small press in Vermont that is committed to "the politics and practice of sustainable living" rather than through a large trade house is itself a political act. Highly recommended for all collections.
"One of the most important books that's been written, certainly in the last decade or two, and perhaps in my lifetime."--Thom Hartmann, best-selling author and host of The Thom Hartmann Radio Program
"Naomi Wolf 's End of America is a vivid, urgent, mandatory wake-up call that addresses momentous issues of tyranny, democracy, and survival."--Blanche Wiesen Cook, author of the three-volume Eleanor Roosevelt and distinguished professor at John Jay College
"Naomi Wolf sounds the alarm for all American patriots. We must come together as a nation and recommit ourselves to the fundamental American idea that no president, whether Democrat or Republican, will ever be given unchecked power."--Wes Boyd, co-founder, MoveOn.org
"The framers of our Constitution fully understood that it can happen here. Patriots like Madison, Paine, and Franklin would certainly applaud Naomi Wolf and recognize her as a sister in their struggle."--Mark Crispin Miller, author of Fooled Again
"You will be shocked and disturbed by this book. Most Americans reject outright any comparison of post 9/11 America with the fascism and totalitarianism of Nazi Germany or Pinochet's Chile. Sadly, the parallels and similarities, what Wolf calls the 'echoes' between those societies and America today, are all too compelling."--Michael Ratner, Center for Constitutional Rights
An impassioned call to action to Americans from all walks of life to restore the checks and balances and our time-honored protections against abuses of power outlined by our Founding Fathers.
Naomi Wolf is a very brave person.
Time will tell if collectively people care enough to respond in a way that prevents the "fascist shift" Wolf outlines in this shocking new book.
Ms. Wolf reminds us that we are responsible to ensure that our constitutional freedoms and civil liberties are adheared to.
Worth reading more than once. Everyone should read this book.Published 19 days ago by JACQUELINE BURRIS
This is truly an oustanding work. Naomi Wolf nailed the Bush regime and whether she knew it or not was prophetic in that she predicted the onset of the worst tyrant to date, Barack... Read morePublished 22 days ago by George W. Hoeltje
Naomi refers to "echos" of incidents that happened before the Holocaust, and describes ten steps dictators take to achieve authoritarianism, and how America seems to be... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ryan Christopher Naymik
This is a must read. America is a shell of what it was intended to be and this book points out all the wrong turns we have made.Published 3 months ago by L. Allen
Excellent information. Every American should read this one! The author writes in an easy to follow manner. Well researched. Very glad I purchased this book.Published 3 months ago by Helene Willson
The threats to America that this author describes are real today, but according to this author all result solely from the long-gone Bush administration. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Michael J. Keeney
Very sad but true. This is a very passionate woman who understands how to look for the signs of government out of control.Published 4 months ago by Victoria Allen
A very interesting read, my first by Naomi Wolf. There were several times when she leaves the reader hanging for the "what happened next" and it made me wonder about the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Wendy Gaylord