- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Viking Adult (July 23, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0670020915
- ISBN-13: 978-0670020911
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 26 customer reviews
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Threshold: The Crisis of Western Culture Hardcover – July 23, 2009
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where we're going as a nation. Excellent short history and changes
we must make to stop our slide towards a 2nd status country.
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