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Are We Rome?

Are We Rome?: The Fall of an Empire and the Fate of America by Cullen Murphy

Reviewed by Tim Heffernan

"In this age of military and cultural conflict, it's no surprise that pundits on both sides of the political fence say the answer is a simple yes. (We're either a civilizing democracy, the Right's take, or a brutalizing imperium, the Left's.) A new book, Are We Rome?, by Cullen Murphy, former editor of the Atlantic, offers a more nuanced and convincing view. It's true, he writes, that there are many similarities between our empire and Caesar's. Yet the American national character and Rome's couldn't be more different. And that, Murphy argues, will be the key to avoiding Rome's fate...." Read the entire Esquire review.

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