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Overview A discussion of the ten classic steps taken by dictators to close down an open society compares them to the policies and laws produced by and attitudes reflected in the current administration in the United States.
In a stunning indictment of the Bush administration and Congress, best-selling author Naomi Wolf lays out her case for saving American democracy. In authoritative research and documentation Wolf explains how events of the last six years parallel steps taken in the early years of the 20th century's worst dictatorships such as Germany, Russia, China, and Chile. The book cuts across political parties and ideologies and speaks directly to those among us who are concerned about the ever-tightening noose being placed around our liberties. In this timely call to arms, Naomi Wolf compels us to face the way our free America is under assault. She warns us-with the straight-to-fellow-citizens urgency of one of Thomas Paine's revolutionary pamphlets-that we have little time to lose if our children are to live in real freedom. "Recent history has profound lessons for us in the U.S. today about how fascist, totalitarian, and other repressive leaders seize and maintain power, especially in what were once democracies. The secret is that these leaders all tend to take very similar, parallel steps. The Founders of this nation were so deeply familiar with tyranny and the habits and practices of tyrants that they set up our checks and balances precisely out of fear of what is unfolding today. We are seeing these same kinds of tactics now closing down freedoms in America, turning our nation into something that in the near future could be quite other than the open society in which we grew up and learned to love liberty," states Wolf. Wolf is taking her message directly to the American people in the most accessible form and as part of a large national campaign to reach out to ordinary Americans about the dangers we face today. This includes a lecture and speaking tour, and being part of the nascent American Freedom Campaign, a grassroots effort to ensure that presidential candidates pledge to uphold the constitution and protect our liberties from further erosion. The End of America will shock, enrage, and motivate-spurring us to act, as the Founders would have counted on us to do in a time such as this, as rebels and patriots-to save our liberty and defend our nation.
Awards and Recognitions The End of America: A Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot by Naomi Wolf has received the following awards and recognitions -
Independent Publisher Book Awards - 2008 Silver Medal Winner - Freedom Fighter category
Citations And Professional Reviews The End of America: A Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot by Naomi Wolf has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
New York Times Book Review - 10/26/2008 page 23
Library Journal - 09/15/2007 page 76
Foreword - 11/01/2007 page 1
Reference and Research Bk News - 02/01/2008 page 164
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.25" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Sep 5, 2007
Publisher Chelsea Green Publishing
ISBN 1933392797 ISBN13 9781933392790
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More About Naomi Wolf
Naomi Wolf is the author of seven books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Beauty Myth, Promiscuities, Misconceptions, The End of America, and Give Me Liberty. She writes for the New Republic, Time, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Huffington Post, Al Jazeera, La Repubblica, and the Sunday Times (London), among many other publications. She lives with her family in New York City.
Naomi Wolf currently resides in New York, in the state of New York.
Reviews - What do customers think about The End of America: Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot?
Thinking is not a crime. Yet. Sep 16, 2008
As a parent, as an activist, and as someone who is more than concerned with the way this country is heading, I felt this to be an important work to read; not only for myself, but for my children.
We are living in a time where, if you do NOT assimilate to the governmental belief that the Resident is right, and the Resident is good, and the Resident is doing what is best for this country, then you are a seditionist, a terrorist, and possibly even worse.
Please note the 'Resident' comment is intentional. He is not my President, nor is he ours.
We seem to be on the verge of 1984, where we have always been at war with Eurasia, and Emmanual Goldstein is your hidden enemy.
Think now...because right now, thinking is NOT a crime.
The end of America Sep 11, 2008
Naomi Wolf give a thorough knowledge and insight of threat in private and professional live by public entities, wich you can experience in private companies too.
Incisive, Within Limits Sep 3, 2008
Naomi Wolf has written an alarming book that takes a hard look at the hard-right turn made by the Bush-Cheney administration.
She makes the truly salient point that fascism doesn't have to arrive in a cataclysmic shock, but can creep up, piece by piece and law by law to erode rights and instill fear by violence.
She details how the Bush-Cheney crew have done this at every turn, with few obstacles put in their path by the spineless Democrats.
However, her perspective is limited to politics.
Yes, there has been a catastrophic erosion of political rights under Bush-Cheney.
But this is simply the culmination of a decades-long process of military domination of the economy. This domination happened without firing a (domestic) shot: after WWII, both parties, afraid of a return of the Depression, and seeing how military spending buoyed the economy, embarked on a perpetual war-footing--demonizing communists and shackling every district in the country to military spending.
No one dared to question this, even when communism evaporated. To question it was to put oneself and one's community out of a job.
But all this military spending resulted in the subjugation of many, many countries (the installation and/or support of dictators and thugs), and now it has simply brought the same authoritarian domination home.
Bush-Cheney have taken this to its logical conclusion. They have installed (or begun to install) the same sort of government-by-decree we have so long foisted on others.
Bold Sep 2, 2008
She gets over the top here and there. But she makes several points that need to be heard. Needs to be read by all.
Is this really happening to America? Aug 17, 2008
I never expected reading such a book. I was educated in the United States, and always looked upon the US as the ideal country for an individual's freedom of rights and free speech. You were innocent until proven guilty, and even criminals had rights that made them difficult to apprehend by the authorities. In a nutshell, I was living in a society where my friends and I, whether Americans or foreigners, felt safe and protected.
According to Naomi Wolf, things have changed, and I found this shocking. Who ever thought the Soviet Union would collapse? It did. Who ever thought the US might collapse one day? I never dreamt of such a day, but many today think it is already happening, and Naomi Wolf aptly names her book, `The End of America.'
I also found it shocking that she compares the present administration to Hitler's administration. Recall that Bush used to refer to Saddam Hussein as Hitler. What's going on?
I actually liked Naomi's book as `a point of view' book, and the way she compares the present administration to fascist governments throughout history. In Germany, for example, Hitler slowly stripped his citizens of their rights. First, Hitler imprisoned the enemies of the state, but soon those enemies became the citizens themselves. Politicians and journalists alike were imprisoned and tortured. According to Naomi Wolf, Bush's administration is doing the same to its US citizens. People are being arrested with no trial, and without being given the reason for their arrests. A new law Bush passed allows the government to spy on its citizens. In a way, according to Wolf, all are now guilty until proven innocent, if they ever are given the chance to prove their innocence.
There is now a blacklist issued by the US government, and many US politicians and journalists are on that list. Naomi Wolf is on that list. Whenever she travels by air, the security officers at the airport scrutinize her. Do they actually expect she might hijack an airplane? Whatever happened to freedom of speech and thought?
The way this administration works today, explains Wolf, is that you are either with the administration or against it. Period. If you speak ill of this administration, then you are against it and immediately placed on a black list. This does not sound like the US I once knew.
According to Naomi Wolf, this administration does not have any regards for the Geneva Convention on war prisoners. Prisoners are routinely tortured and ill treated by the US military. Sometimes, prisoners are flown out of US territory where torture laws are inexistent.
I was quite taken aback by how many terms used by fascists states have been repeated by this administration.
The following are the ten points that make up a fascist state:
1. Invoke an external and internal threat or enemy, such as a political party (e.g. communist party etc.) or a religious group (in Germany it was the Jews. Today it is the Muslims).
2. Establish secret prisons, such as Guantanamo and other US prisons located abroad. Prisons located outside of US territories do not fall under US laws, and thus torture can be freely exercised.
3. Develop a paramilitary force. According to Wolf, the US has today the largest and most powerful mercenary army in the world, and large corporations with deep pockets back it. This mercenary army does not fall under the rules, laws, or regulations of the US military forces. They can basically commit war crimes without ever being charged! According to Wolf, dismantling such an army will be near to impossible. We'll have to see what the next US president will do about this mercenary army.
4. Spy on the citizens. New bills passed by the Bush administration allow Big Brother to listen to phone conversations and read emails.
5. Infiltrate citizens' groups.
6. Arbitrarily detain and release citizens to instill fear.
7. Target key individuals, such as politicians, scientists, and journalists.
8. Control and censor the press (note: if this was really the case, why was this book allowed to be published?).
9. Criticism and dissent become treason.
10. Change the rule of law (changing the constitution and the bill of rights).
Is this really happening to America? If so, this book should never have been allowed to be published in the first place. Or is this just the beginning? Will Naomi Wolf be eventually jailed for her book one day? If so, she would have proven her point (and God forbid that should ever happen).
How much of this book is true? Either time will tell, or just more research...if you have the time, and care enough!