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Decline and Fall Audiobook

Decline and Fall: The End of Empire and the Future of Democracy in 21st Century America

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Publisher's Summary

Things fall apart; the center cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.

Although he was writing nearly a century ago, William Butler Yeats could just as easily be describing the United States today. The decline and fall of America's global empire is the central feature of today's geopolitical landscape, and the nature of our response to it will determine much of our future trajectory, with implications that reach far beyond the limits of one nation's borders.

Decline and Fall: The End of Empire and the Future of Democracy in 21st Century America challenges the conventional wisdom of empire. Using a wealth of historical examples combined with groundbreaking original analysis, author John Michael Greer:

  • Shows how the United States has backed itself into a blind corner in the pursuit of political and economic power
  • Explores the inevitable consequences of imperial collapse
  • Proposes a renewal of democratic institutions as the only constructive way forward

By shifting the conversation from whether today's American empire should survive to whether it can survive, and arguing persuasively that the answer to the latter question is "no", Decline and Fall makes an invaluable contribution to the body of speculative post-industrial literature. This book is a must-listen for anyone concerned about the state of the Union, or who believes that the time has come to reinvent the American Dream.

John Michael Greer is a scholar of ecological history, an internationally renowned Peak Oil theorist, and the author of more than 30 books, including The Long Descent.

©2014 John Michael Greer (P)2014 Post Hypnotic Press Inc.

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  • Paul
    STILLWATER, MN, United States
    14/05/16
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    "Will insist friends & family read this book"

    I am a history buff, follow politics (left leaning), globally traveled for work (i.e. aware of what it is like to live outside the U.S.) and an Engineer. I am no fan of doomsday prognostication - especially from right-wing, gun-toting nutcases, but I sincerely believe the author is correct about the near future for U.S. citizens and I plan to prepare for a significant economic "correction" and permenant decline in lifestyle. Not planning on armageddon but it is a good time to learn to live with less. I've enjoyed five plus decades of relative prosperity but the party has to end some time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ted
    20/07/15
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    "Excellent!"

    I usually don't write reviews, but I had to for this one because it was so good.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    Lakewood, CO, United States
    19/03/15
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    "Not a good reader, tough start, good finish"

    Throughout the first couple chapters I almost gave up on this book. The reader's voice was a little too nasal for me and the cadence didn't flow that well. Couple that with I disagreed with some of the author's interpretations of pre-World War I/post-World War I history and I struggled to get through those first 90 minutes to two hours, but I agreed with the premises and by the end I was convinced the author shared some valuable insights with his readers. I think the author lays out a good road map for the future even if I didn't necessarily agree with how we got to today. That makes it a book worth reading, in my opinion, but be prepared for a reader that was a bit tough to listen to. You might want to sample before buying.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Rick
    03/11/16
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    "Poorly justified ideas"
    What did you like best about Decline and Fall? What did you like least?

    I like the focus to think about USA's relative position in the world - past, present, and future. Author's thoughts covered lots of material, and my overall impression was most of these ideas were too poorly justified (so probably wrong/over-simplified) to really gain my interest. I stopped listening after about 4 hours - rather hear what else is out there.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David
    Mena, AR, United States
    02/09/16
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    "A great look at the USA through a new set of eyes"

    For the audio book the worst part of the book as the voice actor. He went full old man wizard voice, never go full old man wizard. He let up after a while, it was probably killing his voice right a long with my ears.
    The book it self is a deep dive into a very different perspective on the challenges facing our current times but if you are ready to swim then jump right in!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jason Deveau
    29/07/16
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    "fantastic!"

    a great book with a wealth of information and some wonderful insights. i loved it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Collinss
    Flower Mound, TX, United States
    04/11/15
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    "Read it - it will change your life and thinking."

    If there were any tickets for people to get off from the Titanic before it sailed away to it's last voyage - this book is exactly that type of ticket. The book that everyone should read and be aware what's ahead in the store for the U.S. and have some time to prepare for it.
    I have three copies of the book to lend to family and friends and I just got the audible version.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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