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Why America Failed: The Roots of Imperial Decline Morris Berman Why America Failed The Roots of Imperial Decline Why America Failed shows how from its birth as a nation of hustlers to its collapse as an empire the tools of the country s expansion proved to be the instruments of its demise Why America Failed is

  • Title: Why America Failed: The Roots of Imperial Decline
  • Author: Morris Berman
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  • Why America Failed: The Roots of Imperial Decline Morris Berman Why America Failed shows how, from its birth as a nation of hustlers to its collapse as an empire, the tools of the country s expansion proved to be the instruments of its demise Why America Failed is the third and most engaging volume of Morris Berman s trilogy on the decline of the American empire In The Twilight of American Culture, Berman examined the internal Why America Failed shows how, from its birth as a nation of hustlers to its collapse as an empire, the tools of the country s expansion proved to be the instruments of its demise Why America Failed is the third and most engaging volume of Morris Berman s trilogy on the decline of the American empire In The Twilight of American Culture, Berman examined the internal factors of that decline, showing that they were identical to those of Rome in its late empire phase In Dark Ages America, he explored the external factors e.g the fact that both empires were ultimately attacked from the outside and the relationship between the events of 9 11 and the history of U.S foreign policy.In his most ambitious work to date, Berman looks at the why of it allProbes America s commitment to economic liberalism and free enterprise stretching back to the late sixteenth century, and shows how this ideology, along with that of technological progress, rendered any alternative marginal to American historyMaintains, than anything else, that this one sided vision of the country s purpose finally did our nation in Why America Failed is a controversial work, one that will shock, anger, and transform its readers The book is a stimulating and provocative explanation of how we managed to wind up in our current situation economically weak, politically passe, socially divided, and culturally adrift It is a tour de force, a powerful conclusion to Berman s study of American imperial decline.
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    1. Why America Failed The Roots of Imperial Decline is Morris Berman s latest installment in a trilogy of books by one of our most prescient and important social and cultural critics As he s been doing for over a decade, Dr Berman looks at America at this particular juncture and offers a diagnosis that isn t a pretty one Believers in the American myth of never ending progress and technology s capacity to save us will be sorely disappointed, if not downright angry They ll dismiss Berman as a crank, [...]

    2. The first thing the reader has to deal with is the book s provocative title Berman has said that his original title was Capitalism and its Discontents with emphasis on the discontents the publisher made him change it to something they felt would sell better I feel both titles are unfortunate, because they might serve to drive away those who would best benefit from this book, while attracting those who are probably already aware of the gist of the argument although the latter could certainly gain [...]

    3. In my fairly new search to understand the American culture or perhaps the global culture that gave us Trump, I came upon Berman s work A moment of googling criticism of American culture and a whole new world opened to me.Berman s ideas are thought provoking, prescient and I had never before heard them quite this way I m used to thinking about American problems in terms of liberals versus conservatives, but Berman steps outside the narrow box and defines America in its entirety as a culture of hu [...]

    4. This third and final book 2012 of Morris Berman s trilogy on the failure of America through imperial decline is really, or less, a concentrated summary of major themes he s mentioned in his previous books The Twilight of American Culture 2000 Dark Ages America 2006 There are only 5 chapters, the first four of which point to the factors by which the hustling life of the U.S is leading us into collapseE PURSUIT OF AFFLUENCEBerman opens by saying America was from the outset a business civilization [...]

    5. Why America Failed the use of the past tense may cause confusion in some If you feel curious instead of indignant, then I can t recommend this book highly enough if you feel indignant, you should probably at least be curious about why you could possible feel indignant about something that is in no way intended to be insulting Berman can help you with that, too For as long as I can remember, I felt there was something wrong with this country, and I wanted to help fix it American political comment [...]

    6. With book titles like The Twilight of American Culture 2000 , Dark Ages America 2006 , and most recently Why America Failed The Roots of Imperial Decline 2012 , one might be forgiven for thinking Morris Berman an apostle of doom and gloom In fact, Berman is nothing of the sort His work belongs to a noble tradition of social criticism that draws heavily upon the historical record, some of the best contemporary research, and a multitude of other sources to challenge us with a sobering portrait of [...]

    7. we all welcome a critique of capitalism or the rapacious pursuit of affluence, but this book is just not very good for the following reasons.a it uncritically pushes praise for diametrically opposed alternatives to capitalism, ignoring flaws at the foundations for instance, among many other instances, he pushes medieval guildship as an alternative to drone work in the office He makes no mention of the challenges of the medieval model the vise grip of seniority and nepotism, the lack of of recogn [...]

    8. If it hadn t been for the weakness of the chapter on the American South I would have easily given this four stars as it was I had a tough time slogging through it because of its vacuous and facile treatment of slavery He should have either written an entire book about the basic material in that chapter or left it out entirely Otherwise his bleak assessment of the American character and culture seems to me to be fairly well in line with both what I observe and other contemporary respected cultura [...]

    9. 3.5 starsWhy America Failed The Roots of Imperial Decline, the third installment in his trilogy on the collapse of the USAmerican empire beginning with The Twilight of American Culture and continuing with Dark Ages America The Final Phase of Empire is vintage Berman His highly readable rants against the many failings of contemporary USAmerican society locate the deep cause of our nihilism and ennui in a tradition of hustling, of seeking nothing but commercial and financial success, that extends [...]

    10. I own all three books of this trilogy and find Berman s work to be prescient, refreshingly candid, but frustrating This book is no exception Throughout, Berman makes a number of extremely valid points about the reasons for the decline of the American system, which in this book focuses on what he calls the hustler culture However, Berman s problem is that the dominant thesis in his books is itself immune to contradictory evidence Berman is convinced that America is a failed state, so he will only [...]

    11. I m 60% through Why America Failed at the same time that I m listening to a set of Teaching Company lectures entitled Thinking About Capitalism Morris Berman frames the American Gestalt in what he terms a nation of hustlers and an ethos based on the hustling mentality The lectures are congruent with this perspective, though the lecturer, Jerry Z Muller, spends time tracing the evolution of the mindset of this mercantilism or industrialism For as long as people have thought about it they have gra [...]

    12. If nothing else, this book will make you think Oh, brother, will it make you think You may catch the flavor of the book from its title notice that the past tense is used This is not a book of strategies for how to extricate ourselves from the mess in which we seem to sink further and further by the year It is simply an explanation of why we are at this low point, and why it was inevitable from the start You certainly do not have to agree with all Mr Berman says to find his ideas fascinating He c [...]

    13. This is the third book of Berman s trilogy concluding what he started in the early post 9 11 years The Twilight of American Culture, followed by Dark Ages America and now Why America Failed The Roots of Imperial Decline Why Amerika failed can be summed up in three words, Character is destiny I will stop being so disparagingly critical of AmeriKa because it was willed by the almighty God we are trying so hard to foist upon our citizens We can t help it there is nothing we can do to save ourselves [...]

    14. Because I m familiar with the themes of this book, the writing here didn t feel very heartfelt it seemed like an academic survey rather than something deeply experienced For those who read the book and want to answer the question of why slavery in America, see 1493 Uncovering the New World Columbus Created by Charles Mann Immunity to one type of malaria had a lot to do with it The Africans immunity to it which wiped out those of other ancestries en masse meant they were the only ones who could [...]

    15. I admire Morris Berman a great deal I m currently working my way through Dark Ages America and already I find it a great deal insightful than Why America Failed This one strikes me as basically a lot of padding and repetition of previous statements, with some genuinely interesting stuff sprinkled throughout Namely, I found the controversial chapter on the South and the Civil War quite interesting, regardless of its dubious points if nothing else, it s certainly an argument I ve barely seen any [...]

    16. Morris Berman is eloquent than ever in his final book in the trilogy examining the collapse of the American empire In this book, he pulls no punches His observations would be witty if they were not so poignant, and thus indicative of an absurd state of cultural affairs In this short book Berman takes an historical look at the roots of North America s problemsying that it all goes back to the ethos attitude that first formed this union of states In this Berman is very US centric, and some of the [...]

    17. As the book I implies, American isn t failing, it has failed This book does not offer hope for change if only we do certain prescribed things, and that is refreshing Several of the books I have read recently have had all these scenarios on how we can turn things around and frankly, I think that is wishful thinking This may seem pessimistic, but at this point I prefer honesty If we all need to do one thing right now it is take an honest look at our culture and our country, without the scapegoatin [...]

    18. This probably deserved 4 stars, but it was a bit disjointed I started it off pretty slow because I couldn t get into it, but then it started to pick up.This is basically a book about why the American lifestyle tech addiction, unstable economy, greed, consumerism, etc can t be sustained and gives some fairly interesting evidence that we re already on a decline It was cheating, maybe, because I already agreed with the book before I started reading it, but it had some interesting tidbits nonetheles [...]

    19. In reality, I d only give this 3 stars, but I figured since he showed signs of hope near the end, I figured I d give it an extra one Not that I particularly agree that one should be hopeful, specifically if the future is doomed, which I think it is I do think the things he noted on that are helping the EU should be taken into account The line of thinking that shows it s not pure socialism, but social capitalism This is what The United States needs, not the insane idea of laissez faire capitalism [...]

    20. Certainly not a cheerful book, but a perceptive assessment of the failed state of American society, one with a religious devotion to the pursuit of affluence and the power of technology, at the expense of humanity and community While I don t agree with all his conclusions I think he tends to exaggerate the qualities of traditional e.g Southern culture, while downplaying or even ignoring its neofeudalist and violent characteristics the author generally presents a convincing argument against a soc [...]

    21. The book could be thought of as why does capitalism a problem It covers that aspect quite well and it would seem that the core which he covers about America is actually a small core of his overall message about capitalism.What is wrong with capitalism The problem seems that it encourages a fast life of never ending progress it hout ever reflecting what the overall progresses for For what end is the progress What s the Ed goal in mind There is none No spirituality no morality.The authors essenti [...]

    22. This is a fascinating exploration of American decline, written in an engaing style that makes it a difficult book to set aside.The most provocative chapter for me was Chapter 4 where Berman argues that the old south was America s best hope for an alternative to the culture of hustling He is no apologist for slavery and, as if he was terrified of being drawn into that camp, Berman declares his abhorrence of the institution on almost every page of the chapter In support of his argument, Berman fre [...]

    23. Hustlers, he blames it all on hustling The author comes over as a bit of a fanatic, but still the message of the book is useful Or, it s useful to ME It s an easy read, and if you want insight into why Americans believe and act the way they do, this will provide some insight and ideas to think about I m not sorry I took the time to read it, but when I finished it, I didn t throw it down and shout, This is outrageous Someone needs to DO SOMETHING That s how I felt when I finished each of Chalmer [...]

    24. If you can get past the title, which is a bit sensationalist, you will find a wealth of ideas concerning the social history of the United States Dr Berman argues that this social history is key to understanding the present situation of the United States Supported by extensive research as reflected in the notes, this is a book that you will be thinking about for a long time after you read it.

    25. a scathing critique of the contemporary hustling life in the united states berman examines the very foundations of the country through history and connects the dots to our subsequent demise not optimistic by any means, this truth seeking tome sheds light on a lot of the soulless and callous features of our lives that it is high time we confront not just in our social niches, but as a whole population but how unfortunately, it may be too late

    26. A truly important book Berman s treatment of mid 19th century southern social politics alone makes this book mandatory reading Tremendous economy and restraint, no small measure of humor gallows, as it may be , and a lingering sense, despite his protestations, that life will continue in the wake of even the blackest of his premonitions An incredible little book and, importantly, an incredible bibliographic resource Read it.

    27. Along with Dark Ages America , Morris Berman has laid out for all to plainly see why America is not long for this world To stop this decline would take something resembling a miracle The American public would have to experience a sea change of conscience and culture, which Mr Berman and I both agree is not going to happen So we will continue our competition to die with the most stuff as America becomes another extinguished empire.

    28. Well articulated book focusing on the hustling culture of America since its inception and why our lack of consideration for others in relentless pursuit of accumulating wealth and goods is ultimately the failure of a nation.

    29. Another thoughtful and enlightening work of cultural criticism from Berman, but I perhaps was looking for a detailed take on anti intellectualism particularly in light of his commentary on the South.

    30. I read this book in spanish, i rate it tree stars just because in the Sexto piso edition page 198 said podemos considerar el Islam como alternativa, desde luego We can consider Islam as an alternative, of course it was like a stone in the rice, i could not believe he write something like that.

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