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It Can Happen Here

Authoritarian Peril in the Age of Bush

Joe Conason

St. Martin's Griffin

“When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag, carrying a cross.”—Sinclair Lewis, author of It Can’t Happen Here, 1935
 
For the first time since the Nixon era, Americans have reason to doubt the future—or even the presence—of democracy. We live in a society where government conspires with big business and big evangelism; where ideologues and religious zealots attack logic and the scientific method; and where the ruling party  encourages xenophobic nationalism based on irrational, manufactured fear. The party in power seems to seek a perpetual state of war to hold on to power, and they are willing to lie, cheat, and steal to achieve their ends. The question must be asked: Are we headed toward the end of American democracy?

Nobel Prize-winning author Sinclair Lewis depicted authoritarianism American-style in his sardonically titled dystopian novel It Can’t Happen Here, published in 1935. Now, bestselling political journalist Joe Conason argues that it can happen here—and a select group of extremely powerful right-wing ideologues are driving us ever closer to the precipice.

In this compelling, impassioned, yet rational and fact-based look at the state of the nation, Conason shows how and why America has been wrenched away from its founding principles and is being dragged toward authoritarianism.

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It Can Happen Here
ONETHE "POST-9/11 WORLDVIEW" OF KARL ROVENo nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.--JAMES MADISONMADISON'S WARNING, DELIVERED during the early years of the American Republic in a congressional debate over presidential powers, has been vindicated many times since then. For reasons that the fourth president could not possibly have foreseen, his observation may be even more urgent now. And when he further observed that war empowers the nation's chief executive with "all the means of seducing the minds ... of the people," he seemed to anticipate how
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“A masterfully rational and lucid writer . . . [this is] a serious, focused, and well-reasoned call to awakening.”
--Daily Kos
 
“[Conason] ably catalogs the Bush administration’s attempts to subvert civil liberties.”
--The New York Times Book Review
 
“[Conason] offers pithy insights into each central character in the post–September 11 drama, including Karl Rove, Dick Cheney, Alberto Gonzales, David Addington, and John Yoo . . . [and] a well-written account of an administration bent on establishing authoritarian executive power.”
--The New York Review of Books
 
“Conason eloquently warns of the danger of American authoritarianism.”
--Naomi Wolf, The Guardian
 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Joe Conason

  • Joe Conason writes weekly columns for Salon.com and The New York Observer. He is the bestselling author of Big Lies, The Raw Deal, and, with Gene Lyons, The Hunting of the President. His writing has appeared in Esquire, Harper’s, The Nation, and many other publications. He also serves as director of the Nation Institute Investigative Fund.
  • Joe Conason
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Joe Conason

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