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Come Home, America: The Rise and Fall (and Redeeming Promise) of Our Country

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Perhaps no one is better equipped to analyze the current state of our democracy than legendary reporter William Greider. He has covered politics from the nations capital for four decades—for the Washington Post, Rolling Stone, and most recently The Nation—and has earned a reputation as one of our most incisive, uncompromising truth-tellers and social critics.
In his bestseller Who Will Tell the People, Greider opened the American publics eyes to the hidden relationships that link politicians with corporations and the wealthy, often subverting the needs of ordinary citizens. Now, in his first book on our democracy in years, Greider examines the impact of current American policy, revealing how our obsession with remaining “Number One” in the world has caused us to stray from the democratic values and ideals upon which our country was founded.
By examining the economic and political forces that have brought us to where we are today—financial crisis, deepening indebtedness to other nations, the loss of productive assets and jobs, the militarization of U.S. foreign policy, and more—Greider offers, in a powerful and conversational tone, clarity on the consequences and long-term implications of our national predicament. He then offers optimism that our young country can put aside its adolescent impulses and grow up so that we can “come home” to what is really important—a return to our nations core values and the freedom to create a better, more fulfilling society.
William Greider is the best-selling author of five previous books, including One World, Ready or Not; Who Will Tell the People; and Secrets of the Temple. He has written for the Washington Post and Rolling Stone and has been an on-air correspondent for six Frontline documentaries on PBS. Currently the national affairs correspondent for The Nation, he lives in Washington, D.C.
The monumental financial collapse of 2008 exposed cracks in the foundation of our economic, cultural, and political values. As we continue to dig out of the rubble, we must ask ourselves as a nation: What happened? What do we do now?

No one is in a better position to address these pressing questions than William Greider, who has for years been ringing the alarm on the gross dereliction of the Federal Reserve and other regulators, rampant materialism, the decay of political democracy, and the deepening inequalities of American life.

In Come Home, America, Greider lays out the confluence of political and economic forces that led to this defining moment in our nation's history. Greider argues that this is a turning point that offers profound challenges but also profound opportunities to face up to the economic and social contradictions we've been avoiding for decades and, under circumstances few of us ever hoped for or imagined, rediscover the redeeming promise of our country.

"Greider's moment . . . may have arrived. Given the current, gloomy circumstances, all neatly summarized here, it's more difficult than ever to argue with his analysis, and he's surely correct that 'in crisis lies opportunity' . . . With the time's propitious and unprecedented organizing tools (the Internet, especially) readily available, the people may finally be sufficiently aroused—in the manner of the late 19th-century Populists and the early New Dealers—to demand accountability from a system that has failed them. If they do, historians may point to this book as one of the prairie fire's first sparks. Astute, hopeful and humane commentary."—Kirkus Reviews

"William Greider is America's leading chornicler of money, power, and politics."—Bill Moyers, PBS host

"Greider's moment . . . may have arrived. Given the current, gloomy circumstances, all neatly summarized here, it's more difficult than ever to argue with his analysis, and he's surely correct that 'in crisis lies opportunity' . . . With the time's propitious and unprecedented organizing tools (the Internet, especially) readily available, the people may finally be sufficiently aroused—in the manner of the late 19th-century Populists and the early New Dealers—to demand accountability from a system that has failed them. If they do, historians may point to this book as one of the prairie fire's first sparks. Astute, hopeful and humane commentary."—Kirkus Reviews

"Ever since the early 1990s, Greider has been warning that our democracy is in peril because Americas political parties have abandoned the citizenry in favor of the interests of corporations and the power elite. Here he outlines the full substance of the predicament we find ourselves in as exhibited by the financial collapse: a culmination of our decaying democracy, the negative effects of globalism, the dominance of militarism in our financial policy, the destruction of the middle class, and the threat of global climate change. Greider argues that spreading our style of democracy through force is a new form of imperialism stemming from an arrogance of power. He sees much pain in our future if we remain on our current course but finds hope for a day of reckoning when mass social movements and a third front that fills the space between big government and the private sector will take power back into the hands of ordinary citizens. While those in power may claim that Greiders ideas are defeatist or unpatriotic, it is during times like these that his dissenting ideas are likely to resonate with a large and angry audience."—David Siegfried, Booklist

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From one of the country's most incisive social critics comes an examination of American foreign policy. By examining the economic and political forces that have brought the nation to where it is today, Greider offers clarity on the consequences and long-term implications of the nation's predicament.

Synopsis:

Perhaps no one is better equipped to analyze the current state of our democracy than legendary reporter William Greider. He has covered politics from the nations capital for four decades—for the Washington Post, Rolling Stone, and most recently The Nation—and has earned a reputation as one of our most incisive, uncompromising truth-tellers and social critics.
In his bestseller Who Will Tell the People, Greider opened the American publics eyes to the hidden relationships that link politicians with corporations and the wealthy, often subverting the needs of ordinary citizens. Now, in Come Home, America, his first book on our democracy in years, Greider examines the impact of current American policy, revealing how our obsession with remaining “Number One” in the world has caused us to stray from the democratic values and ideals upon which our country was founded.
By examining the economic and political forces that have brought us to where we are today—financial crisis, deepening indebtedness to other nations, the loss of productive assets and jobs, the militarization of U.S. foreign policy, and more—Greider offers, in a powerful and conversational tone, clarity on the consequences and long-term implications of our national predicament. He then offers optimism that our young country can put aside its adolescent impulses and grow up so that we can “come home” to what is really important—a return to our nations core values and the freedom to create a better, more fulfilling society.

About the Author

 WILLIAM GREIDER is national affairs correspondent for The Nation and the best-selling author of five previous books, including One World, Ready or Not; Who Will Tell the People; and Secrets of the Temple.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781605294759
Author:
Greider, William
Publisher:
Rodale Press
Author:
Greider, William
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
United States - 21st Century
Subject:
Politics-Political Science
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Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20100231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.79 x 6.46 x 0.94 in

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"Synopsis" by , From one of the country's most incisive social critics comes an examination of American foreign policy. By examining the economic and political forces that have brought the nation to where it is today, Greider offers clarity on the consequences and long-term implications of the nation's predicament.
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Perhaps no one is better equipped to analyze the current state of our democracy than legendary reporter William Greider. He has covered politics from the nations capital for four decades—for the Washington Post, Rolling Stone, and most recently The Nation—and has earned a reputation as one of our most incisive, uncompromising truth-tellers and social critics.
In his bestseller Who Will Tell the People, Greider opened the American publics eyes to the hidden relationships that link politicians with corporations and the wealthy, often subverting the needs of ordinary citizens. Now, in Come Home, America, his first book on our democracy in years, Greider examines the impact of current American policy, revealing how our obsession with remaining “Number One” in the world has caused us to stray from the democratic values and ideals upon which our country was founded.
By examining the economic and political forces that have brought us to where we are today—financial crisis, deepening indebtedness to other nations, the loss of productive assets and jobs, the militarization of U.S. foreign policy, and more—Greider offers, in a powerful and conversational tone, clarity on the consequences and long-term implications of our national predicament. He then offers optimism that our young country can put aside its adolescent impulses and grow up so that we can “come home” to what is really important—a return to our nations core values and the freedom to create a better, more fulfilling society.
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