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After America: Get Ready for Armageddon Hardcover – Bargain Price, August 8, 2011

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“Mark Steyn is a modern day Jeremiah with a quiverful of devastating one-liners, nailing what the liberals have done to our country. He presents an alarming—and frighteningly convincing—prophecy of where we’re headed. The choice is stark—we either listen to Steyn and act on his recommendations or face economic and cultural armageddon.”
—Mark Levin

“Mark Steyn has done it again. In his new book, After America, he clearly defines the dangerous signals which show America is embracing the same doomed path as the failed European economies, and how vital it is to implement and avoid policies right now to prevent us from the same fate.”
—Sean Hannity

“Only Mark Steyn can write about the decline of America and leave you laughing.”
—Ann Coulter

About the Author

Mark Steyn is the bestselling author of the book America Alone. His writing on war, politics, the arts, and culture has appeared in almost every major newspaper around the world, from The Wall Street Journal to The Irish Times to The Australian. In the United States he is National Review’s “Happy Warrior,” as well as a regular guest-host on America’s number one radio show, The Rush Limbaugh Show, and America’s number two cable news show, Hannity on Fox News. He lives in New Hampshire.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing (August 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596981008
  • ASIN: B0076TKQ8E
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (387 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #647,767 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By David McCune VINE VOICE on August 8, 2011
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It is eerily prophetic that Steyn's book was released August 8th, 2011, the first business day after Standard and Poor downgraded America from a AAA credit rating. Sadly, per Steyn, it is only the first, and mildest, of the blows America is to receive in the near future. The outcome will likely not be pretty.

Still, if you must cross the River Styx, it is at least enjoyable to have Steyn as your ferryman. With his trademark wit, he manages to leaven the bad news. It makes for an enjoyable book, if not an inviting future.

If you have been reading or listening to Steyn, his complaints are not new. The United States has been developing an ennervating, over-regulated, freedom -stifling, and ultimately unsustainable welfare state for generations, and that process accelerated under Pelosi's Congress and Obama's Presidency. It has long been said that things that can't go on forever, won't. Well, the U.S. economy is leaving the town of Can't in the rearview mirror as it accelerates headlong into to the uncharted land of Won't.

However, just because it is uncharted, don't think that it can't be predicted, and Steyn manages to do this as well. The world after America will be a Hobbesian thing, with life that is "nasty, brutish, and short". And sadly, there probably won't be too many Steyn's around to lighten the mood. The last time Steyn broached the decline of the West, in America Alone, he was dragged before the Canadian Thought Crimes Tribunal (or whatever they called it) for criticizing Islam. Don't imagine that satire will flourish After America.

For all that, though, I believe Steyn wants desperately to be wrong (as I pray he is).
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Canadian-born Mark Steyn has long been one of the top conservative wits and most acerbic critics of modern liberalism. One of my favorite lines from the immigration debate is his: "When in Rome, do as the Visigoths do." Up through his last book, America Alone, he has promoted the U.S. as the last hope for freedom and civil society while showing how Europe and the rest of the world was falling apart. With After America, Steyn claims that America too is bound to the same fate.

His argument is straightforward, and familiar to anyone paying attention to the debt crisis--he claims that America has gone from a nation of producers to a nation of borrowers, as he puts it, "from a nation of aircraft carriers to a nation of debt carriers." And he brings this fact into stark perspective--China can and will have the power to overtake America in all economic and military capacities. This is not a far-fetched prospect since China owns so much of our debt. Steyn notes that our debt service alone could fun China's military--even if China quadrupled its military budget.

He sums up the situation with one great Steynism after another. "When government spends on the scale Washington's got used to, that's not a spending crisis, it's a moral one." "Globaloney." "Mad Max on the New Jersey Turnpike?" "From federally regulated bake sales to Armageddon--in nothing flat." and, my favorite, "We've spent too much of tomorrow today--to the point where we've run out of tomorrow."

Critics will certainly balk at the author's unabashed biases (he constantly jabs at Obama's "Audacity of Hope," for instance, "The Stupidity of Broke.").
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Steyn takes aim at the people who have driven the US to this economic Armageddon with his usual razor wit. The man seems incapable of writing a dull sentence.

The cover of Steyn's book shows a dead Uncle Sam, flat on his back and with a toe tag. Steyn is not warning about a coming American decline. "We're already in it" he announces with gloomy relish, "What comes next is the fall--fast, sudden, off the cliff" (p 13).

And who is at the helm as this wreck is taking place, it's ... wince...Obama. Obama, who promised us hope and change and gave us that wild, draconian suggestion--in his Debt Commission--to raise "the age of Social Security eligibility to sixty-nine...By the year 2075" (p 8).

Gee. Imagine the courage it took to suggest that dramatic change.

To think that Michael Beschloss said about Obama the day after his election, "He's probably the smartest guy ever to become president" (p 55). I wouldn't be surprised to hear Beschloss has retired to France under an assumed name.

The Barackracy, as Steyn puts it, is going to lead us as far and as fast as they can away from the American Dream. In twenty years like this Steyn predicts we'll be "living the American Nightmare, with large tracts of the country reduced to the favelas of Latin American, the rich fleeing for Bermuda....and the rest trapped" (p 22).

Europe and all the American left imagined they could wrench money from the wealthy, or just print money if they had to, and provide endless nanny state happiness. Free medical care. Long vacations. Assured jobs with little hard work. Bliss and free lunches for all.

And it even worked for a while in Europe, when there were between seven to ten young adults being taxed for each senior citizen.
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