Summary of Dark Ages America

The Final Phase of Empire

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Dark Ages America book summary
Berman draws a dark picture of American society and politics, and provides a gloomy outlook for the country’s future.


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This book laments prevailing U.S. policy, its declining civilization, current administration and dominant economic order. Author Morris Berman predicted bad times in his last book, The Twilight of American Culture, and in his eyes, they have come to pass. He is comprehensive, albeit not necessarily objective, in his charges, concerns and criticisms. His recaps of previous administrations, and his explanations of current policies are detailed and interesting. However, the depth of his dismay make his heartfelt arguments veer into intemperate language and leads to uneven presentations of some issues. Berman offers intriguing reasons to oppose much in the political, philosophical and societal evolution of the U.S. He examines the impact of Sept. 11, 2001, including the resulting foreign and domestic policies. He diagnoses a paucity of public debate and decries blows to civil liberties. getAbstract recommends this book to those who want to understand a point of view that departs from standard political thinking.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why analyst Morris Berman believes America's culture is in decline; and
  • Why he sees today's society, politics and economics as symptoms of that decline.


Gathering Shadows
George W. Bush's re-election signaled the transition of the U.S. from twilight to a dark age. The Bush administration operates on the basis of loyalty and unquestioning obedience, without critical thinking or inquiry. In fact, the administration seems very clearly to ...
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About the Author

A cultural historian and social critic, Morris Berman is the author of The Reenchantment of the World, Coming to Our Senses, Wandering God and The Twilight of American Culture.

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