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The End of America: A Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot

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The End of America should be required reading for every American. Rather than giving us a partisan 600-page tome on the crimes of the Bush administration, Naomi Wolf lays out clearly and concisely how we as a people have allowed our government to move perilously close to fascism and points the blame squarely where it belongs: at ourselves. Starting with the premise that it only takes ten changes to move a country from democracy to fascism, she points out the subtle, overlooked ways in which our government is making this happen. Wolf is the new Paul Revere, warning us that only we as citizens can stop the march toward an American fascist state. Anyone who reads this will realize that we are close to the end of real democracy in America, and if we don't stand up and demand real change now, it will soon be far too late.
Recommended by Lynn, Powells.com

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Publisher Comments:

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 efforts 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.

Review:

"Naomi Wolf's End of America is a vivid, urgent, mandatory wake-up call that addresses momentous issues of tyranny, democracy, and survival." Blanche Wiesen Cook, author of the three-volume Eleanor Roosevelt

Review:

"The framers of our Constitution fully understood that it can happen here. Patriots like Madison, Paine, and Franklin would certainly applaud Naomi Wolf and recognize her as a sister in their struggle." Mark Crispin Miller, author of Fooled Again

Review:

"Naomi Wolf sounds the alarm for all American patriots. We must come together as a nation and recommit ourselves to the fundamental American idea that no president, whether Democrat or Republican, will ever be given unchecked power." Wes Boyd, co-founder, MoveOn.org

Review:

"You will be shocked and disturbed by this book. Most Americans reject outright any comparison of post 9/11 America with the fascism and totalitarianism of Nazi Germany or Pinochet's Chile. Sadly, the parallels and similarities, what Wolf calls the 'echoes' between those societies and America today, are all too compelling." Michael Ratner, Center for Constitutional Rights

Review:

"Readers will appreciate her energy and urgency as she warns we are living through a dangerous fascist shift brought about by the Bush administration....Her book's publication through a small press in Vermont that is committed to the politics and practice of sustainable living rather than through a large trade house is itself a political act. Highly recommended." Library Journal

Book News Annotation:

Wolf, perhaps best known for her "third wave" feminist work, The Beauty Myth, joins a growing number of other writers in warning that the United States is drifting into despotism and abandoning the "Founder's radical legacy." She lays out ten essential steps for undermining democracy and setting up dictatorship and presents evidence that each one of them has been happening in the United States of 2007. In order to establish a dictatorship, she argues, one has to: invoke an external and internal threat, establish secret prisons, develop a paramilitary force, surveil ordinary citizens, infiltrate citizen's groups, arbitrarily detain and release citizens, target key individuals, restrict the press, cast criticism as "espionage" and dissent as "treason," and subvert the rule of law. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

The Founding Fathers believed that the proper goal of the State was to make men and women free to develop their faculties and to pursue virtue and wisdom. Our Constitution was built around these principles, protecting civil liberties and developing a careful system of checks and balances which protected our freedom from tyranny. Naomi Wolf's latest work, The End of America: A Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot exposes how the escalation of Executive Power has eroded these core values and systems, limiting our Congress to make laws, and our courts to interpret them — a scenario that our Founding Fathers foresaw and warned against. Wolf outlines in this citizen call to action, reminiscent of Thomas Paine's revered Common Sense, the real threats that exist to our civil liberties and explains how working together we can solve the growing threat.

Synopsis:

An impassioned call to action to Americans from all walks of life to restore the checks and balances and our time-honored protections against abuses of power outlined by our Founding Fathers.

Synopsis:

Wolfs latest work exposes how the escalation of executive power has eroded the core values surrounding personal freedoms. She outlines in this citizen call to action the real threats that exist to Americans civil liberties and explains how to solve the growing threat.

About the Author

Naomi Wolf was born in San Francisco in 1962. She was an undergraduate at Yale University and did her graduate work at New College, Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. Her essays have appeared in various publications including: The New Republic, Wall Street Journal, Glamour, Ms., Esquire, The Washington Post, and The New York Times. She also speaks widely to groups across the country. The Beauty Myth, her first book, was an international bestseller. She followed that with Fire With Fire: The New Female Power and How It Will Change The 21st Century, published by Random House in 1993, and Promiscuities: The Secret Struggle for Womanhood, published in 1997. Misconceptions, released in 2001, is a powerful and passionate critique of pregnancy and birth in America. In 2002, Harper Collins published a 10th anniversary commemorative edition of The Beauty Myth. Ms. Wolf's most recent book, released in May of 2005, is The Treehouse: Eccentric Wisdom from my Father on How to Live, Love and See. Naomi Wolf is co-founder of the Board of The Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership, an organization devoted to training young women in ethical leadership for the 21st century. The institute teaches professional development in the arts and media, politics and law, business and entrepreneurship as well as ethical decision making. She lives with her family in New York City.

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tgrang13, April 23, 2012 (view all comments by tgrang13)
Very good read.....very creepy...seriously, I did get a little paranoid at times. It was reminiscent of 1984, except for it was real. We all knew the Bush administration was bad, but I don't think any of us knew it was necessarily to the extent that Wolf talks about in this book. Although, not surprising at all.. There is also a documentary that is based on this book, and I highly recommend that too, "End of America." She explains that this is not a conspiracy theory book, and she is not accusing anyone in the administration of using Hitler/Stalin/Mussolini tactics, but they are eerily similar. It's also a quick read, she is very to-the-point, and easy to understand.
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Stan, November 18, 2008 (view all comments by Stan)
I'm sorry to hand this book a "very bad" rating.

The book could be critically important to recent generations of Americans who have forgotten, or never learned about, how democratic governments in other countries have been overturned when their citizens failed to recognize and control the growth of anti-democratic ideals within government. It could alert us to parallels between those events and the changes affecting American democracy for at least the past 150 years or so.

Unfortunately, the author is obsessed with the evils of the Bush adminstration. The basic structure of the book is warped by this obsession. Every brief example of how democracy was subverted elsewhere is paired with a brief example of what may be a similar action that occured in America during the Bush years.

The steady, often-subtle subversion of American democracy didn't begin with the Bush administration. It goes back at least to Lincoln's administration, and gained substantial strength during the Great Depression. The truth of the dangers facing our country is poorly served by the book's focus on the past eight years.

Presenting past and current events as alternating bits and pieces clouds the meaning and significance of the facts. The author's message would be far stronger if we were given coherent chapters on each topic. As it stands, with the pairing of events, the author apparently doubts readers' abilities to sort things out for themselves.

Finally, I'm afraid my academic background has given me a bad habit. When I encounter a footnote notation, I immediately check the footnote (collected in the back of the book, in this case). Didn't take long to recognize that Ms. Wolf's research is woefully inadequate. She relys heavily on journalistic reporting, of the sort that uncritically mixes fact, rumor and opinion, often with an unstated bias to a political viewpoint.

Overall, I'm left with the impression that the author was poorly served by her editor and publisher. A strong editor would have required better scholarship for a book of such possible importance, and suggested improvements in the book's organization and focus. Too bad; opportunity lost.




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t.magnuson, May 29, 2008 (view all comments by t.magnuson)
With the media striving for more and more shock value, with those in public life more motivated by self-interest than community building, it is good to see Naomi Wolf stepping forward to set the record straight, encouraging readers to think for themselves and take a stand. After all the sacrifices our forebearers made, if they could, I'm sure they would jump out of their graves, and throttle some of the jokers who've put greed above grace. Naomi, you go! Ted Magnuson, author 'Those Self Evident Truths.'
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781933392790
Author:
Wolf, Naomi
Publisher:
Chelsea Green Publishing Company
Subject:
Civil Rights
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Civil Rights
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - General
Subject:
Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
National security
Subject:
National security -- United States.
Subject:
Civil rights -- United States.
Subject:
Politics - General
Subject:
Politics-United States Foreign Policy
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20070931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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"Staff Pick" by ,

The End of America should be required reading for every American. Rather than giving us a partisan 600-page tome on the crimes of the Bush administration, Naomi Wolf lays out clearly and concisely how we as a people have allowed our government to move perilously close to fascism and points the blame squarely where it belongs: at ourselves. Starting with the premise that it only takes ten changes to move a country from democracy to fascism, she points out the subtle, overlooked ways in which our government is making this happen. Wolf is the new Paul Revere, warning us that only we as citizens can stop the march toward an American fascist state. Anyone who reads this will realize that we are close to the end of real democracy in America, and if we don't stand up and demand real change now, it will soon be far too late.

"Review" by , "Naomi Wolf's End of America is a vivid, urgent, mandatory wake-up call that addresses momentous issues of tyranny, democracy, and survival."
"Review" by , "The framers of our Constitution fully understood that it can happen here. Patriots like Madison, Paine, and Franklin would certainly applaud Naomi Wolf and recognize her as a sister in their struggle."
"Review" by , "Naomi Wolf sounds the alarm for all American patriots. We must come together as a nation and recommit ourselves to the fundamental American idea that no president, whether Democrat or Republican, will ever be given unchecked power."
"Review" by , "You will be shocked and disturbed by this book. Most Americans reject outright any comparison of post 9/11 America with the fascism and totalitarianism of Nazi Germany or Pinochet's Chile. Sadly, the parallels and similarities, what Wolf calls the 'echoes' between those societies and America today, are all too compelling."
"Review" by , "Readers will appreciate her energy and urgency as she warns we are living through a dangerous fascist shift brought about by the Bush administration....Her book's publication through a small press in Vermont that is committed to the politics and practice of sustainable living rather than through a large trade house is itself a political act. Highly recommended."
"Synopsis" by , The Founding Fathers believed that the proper goal of the State was to make men and women free to develop their faculties and to pursue virtue and wisdom. Our Constitution was built around these principles, protecting civil liberties and developing a careful system of checks and balances which protected our freedom from tyranny. Naomi Wolf's latest work, The End of America: A Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot exposes how the escalation of Executive Power has eroded these core values and systems, limiting our Congress to make laws, and our courts to interpret them — a scenario that our Founding Fathers foresaw and warned against. Wolf outlines in this citizen call to action, reminiscent of Thomas Paine's revered Common Sense, the real threats that exist to our civil liberties and explains how working together we can solve the growing threat.
"Synopsis" by , An impassioned call to action to Americans from all walks of life to restore the checks and balances and our time-honored protections against abuses of power outlined by our Founding Fathers.
"Synopsis" by , Wolfs latest work exposes how the escalation of executive power has eroded the core values surrounding personal freedoms. She outlines in this citizen call to action the real threats that exist to Americans civil liberties and explains how to solve the growing threat.
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