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Pretensions to Empire: Notes on the Criminal Folly of the Bush Administration

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The preeminent political essayist writes about the perversion of America's democratic legacy under George W. Bush—and makes a compelling case for impeachment.

Lewis Lapham stands virtually alone among mainstream American journalists in having consistently seen through the fog of lies and narcissism surrounding the Bush administration from its earliest days in Washington. Pretensions to Empire brings together Lapham's trenchant political commentaries from his award-winning "Notebook" column in Harper's, giving us a complete picture of a presidency whose brazen abuses of power—and incompetence—have led the United States down a precipitous path, culminating in Lapham's eloquent case for impeachment.

From a perspective deeply informed by history, Lapham's essays measure the current political moment against a backdrop of past events. Whether discussing the failure of the Bush administration's imperial project in Iraq, its shameless servitude to the country's corporate and religious minority and equally shameful ineptitude in responding to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, or the disturbing revelations of illegal domestic spying authorized by the president himself, Lapham perceives in George W. Bush and his allies a fundamental betrayal of the nation's democratic heritage.

Written with the clarity of thought and elegance of prose that have become Lapham's signature style over the years, Pretensions to Empire is a brilliant and provocative work of political reportage.

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"The well-respected and much-fted editor emeritus of Harper's magazine and recipient of a National Magazine Award, Lapham presents a collection of previously published articles that range from the funding of think tanks and propaganda outfits to the rigging of the 2004 election and the response to Hurricane Katrina. Overall, this book is a lament for the state of our society and a bitter condemnation of the Republican hold on power and the machinations with which that grip has been cultivated and sustained. Lapham's dense and self-assured style is rivaled only by that of William F. Buckley Jr. in delivering a whopping dose of sanctimony and affectation with each paragraph. Though more erudite than Ann Coulter or Bill O'Reilly, Lapham's essays are similarly bereft of a sustained line of argument. He also shares their irredeemably dark view of human nature, or at least of Americans, who we learn are '[w]arfaring people, unique in our gift for violence... killing anyone and anything.' Above all, he seems to enjoy nothing more than to display his boundless contempt for all those who are not him. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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A preeminent political essayist writes about the perversion of America's democratic legacy under George W. Bush and makes a compelling case for impeachment.

About the Author

Lewis Lapham is editor emeritus of Harper's Magazine and one of the country's most respected journalists. A recipient of a National Magazine Award for his essay writing, he is the author of several books, including, most recently, With the Beatles. The New Press has published two of his previous essay collections, Theater of War and 30 Satires. He lives in New York City.

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arthur sanford, October 12, 2006 (view all comments by arthur sanford)
Lewis Lapham is the preeminent essayists revealing the corrupt folly of the American democratic masquerade. If you read his Harper's copy you will assuredly love any of his volumes. But be warned: any sanctimonius notions you have for any candidate or party might make you burn with ire for Lapham's trenchant critiques of the political celebrity cults. But you will also find that he vilifies the same narcissistic politicians you do as well. Noone is exempt from his sharp and witty pen.
In this volume the corruption is put under a "klieg light," and the reader is made such a witness that only the most cement-headed or tilted partisan hack may come away unjaded. And not since the peak years of Gore Vidal have we seen the scrutiny of the rational mind expose, in blinding light, the empty cynical manipulation of the establishment.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781595581129
Author:
Lapham, Lewis
Publisher:
New Press
Author:
Lapham, Lewis H.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Political corruption
Subject:
Imperialism
Subject:
Government - National
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Government - Executive Branch
Subject:
Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
United States Politics and government.
Subject:
Politics-Political Science
Subject:
General Political Science
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20061031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8 x 6 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The well-respected and much-fted editor emeritus of Harper's magazine and recipient of a National Magazine Award, Lapham presents a collection of previously published articles that range from the funding of think tanks and propaganda outfits to the rigging of the 2004 election and the response to Hurricane Katrina. Overall, this book is a lament for the state of our society and a bitter condemnation of the Republican hold on power and the machinations with which that grip has been cultivated and sustained. Lapham's dense and self-assured style is rivaled only by that of William F. Buckley Jr. in delivering a whopping dose of sanctimony and affectation with each paragraph. Though more erudite than Ann Coulter or Bill O'Reilly, Lapham's essays are similarly bereft of a sustained line of argument. He also shares their irredeemably dark view of human nature, or at least of Americans, who we learn are '[w]arfaring people, unique in our gift for violence... killing anyone and anything.' Above all, he seems to enjoy nothing more than to display his boundless contempt for all those who are not him. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , A preeminent political essayist writes about the perversion of America's democratic legacy under George W. Bush and makes a compelling case for impeachment.
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