Are We Rome? The Fall of an Empire and the Fate of America

ISBN-10: 0547052103

ISBN-13: 9780547052106

Edition: 2007

Authors: Cullen Murphy
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Description: The rise and fall of ancient Rome has been on American minds from the beginning of our republic.Today we focus less on the Roman Republic than on the empire that took its place. Depending on whos doing the talking, the history of Rome serves as either a triumphal call to action or a dire warning of imminent collapse. In Are We Rome? the esteemed editor and author Cullen Murphy reveals a wide array of similarities between the two empires: the blinkered, insular culture of our capitals; the debilitating effect of bribery in public life; the paradoxical issue of borders; and the weakening of the body politic through various forms of privatization. Murphy persuasively argues that we most resemble Rome in the burgeoning corruption of our government and in our arrogant ignorance of the world outside-two things that must be changed if we are to avoid Romes fate.

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Book details

List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 5/5/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 8.27" wide x 5.65" long x 0.68" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Cullen Murphy is the editor at large at Vanity Fair and the former managing editor of the Atlantic Monthly . He is the author of  Are We Rome?,   The Word According to Eve , and the essay collection Just Curious .

Prologue: The Eagle in the Mirror
The Capitals: Where Republic Meets Empire
The Legions: When Power Meets Reality
The Fixers: When Public Good Meets Private Opportunity
The Outsiders: When People Like Us Meet People Like Them
The Borders: Where the Present Meets the Future
Epilogue: There Once Was a Great City
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
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