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Why America Failed: The Roots of Imperial Decline
Why America Failed: The Roots of Imperial Decline
by Morris Berman
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars "The truth makes me high", November 8, 2011
When the author of this work, Morris Berman, was once asked how he could go on living knowing what he did about the state of the United States, he responded that the truth makes him high. Many would-be readers of Why America Failed will be disquieted by the facts laid out in this book, but what is the alternative? Ignorance or delusion, it would seem, are the only other options. That choice will have to be left up to the individual. The truth, however, just like the hustling and accumulation Berman writes about, is addictive. And for those resolute enough to pursue it, is extremely rewarding, not to mention downright fun at times. Who among us does not know the euphoria felt upon grasping a hard sought answer or insight? These epiphanies of insightful smiles are many in Berman's latest book. He has the talent to present detailed analysis of profound intellectual study in a casual and accessible manner while still having fun and entertaining the reader. It is not often that you read a passage of incredible insight all the while chuckling at the delivery. Why America Failed is an impressive and entertaining work in this regard. My personal evidence is that I read this book in one day, and am at best an average speed reader. Some may find the high volume of quotations in this book distracting, but I have simply taken them as leads on additions to my ever-expanding "to read" list. The truth, after all, is addictive. I owe a great debt of gratitude to Morris Berman for being the pusher who turned me on to this high.
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