Title:The New Rome? : The Fall of an Empire and the Fate of America
Price:AUD$14.95 (about USD$11.80)
Publisher:Scribe Publications, 2008
Scribe Publications, 2008, Soft cover, Book Condition: Near Fine, 2nd
262 pages. This book is in near fine or better condition. It has no tears to the pages and no pages are missing from the book. The spine of the book is still in great condition. The front cover has some bumps and marks. It has signs of previous use but overall is in really nice, tight condition. Items are shipped same day or next business day and are shipped directly from our Australian address. SYNOPSIS: Vanity Fair's US editor-at-large pits the modern USA against the might of the Roman Empire - and finds two very similar opponents. The rise and fall of ancient Rome has always been a metaphor for America, but here Cullen Murphy ventures past the obvious, bringing the brutal colours of Rome and the complexities of today's USA together in this beautifully written, intelligent and hugely readable book. He explores how the two populations saw their political elites, and the insular cultures of Washington and Rome. He looks at the consequences of military overstretch and the widening gap between military and civilian society. Murphy sees both states weakened through 'privatisation' and vexed by the paradoxical issue of borders.Pressingly, he argues that America most resembles Rome in the burgeoning corruption of its government and in its arrogant ignorance of the world outside; in these conditions, idealism, however well-meant, can too easily be a form of blindness. Lively and richly peppered with historical stories, Murphy's book brings the ancient world to life, and casts today's biggest superpower in a provocative new light. Quantity Available: 1. Category: North America, General, 20th Century, 21st Century, Western, Civilization; ISBN: . ISBN/EAN: 9781921215803. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 0000859.