Is the U.S. headed for a decline and fall?

Rape of the Sabine Women by Nicolaus Poussin

Rape of the Sabine Women by Nicolaus Poussin


Is the United States destined to collapse like the ancient Roman Republic?  I had a chance to examine some of the historical parallels in a new book by Joseph Nye titled Is the American Century Over?

My review of Nye appears in the most recent edition of the Los Angeles Review of Books.

What did I learn about Nye’s perspective?

You’ll have to visit the review to check it out.  I’m not trying to be difficult.  I’m really not.  I swear.  I just learned, in the course of reading Nye’s superb book, that black-and-white questions don’t have black-and-white answers.  It’s far more complicated — which can be both troubling and reassuring all at the same time.

Enjoy, my friends. I wish you all well.

4 responses

  1. Well done, Nick. I especially liked the line, …”an attempt in the truest Montaignean sense to capture the essence of the topic…” I expect predicting the decline and fall of anything is sort of like predicting what fashion will become fashionable in the next season, or next year. It’s usually a re-do of something that’s come before. But your review is intriguing enough to make me want to have a look-see. I put it on the list.
    Hope other writing is going well. Janet

  2. Thank you Janet! Your feedback is especially appreciated always. Nye is good, but (I hate to say) I think my review conveys the gist/all you need to know! Nearing the end of my book and feeling the strange sense of satisfaction and sorrow

  3. Thanks OGandB — it’s good hearing from you. I’ve been off the radar of late for several reasons … probably another few weeks like that are ahead of me. Just wanted to pop up and say thank you

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