The New Rome: The Fall of the Roman Empire and the Fate of America (Hardback)
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Short Description for The New Rome The rise and fall of ancient Rome has always been a metaphor for America. This title brings together the brutal colours of Rome and the complexities of USA. It explores how the two populations saw their political elites, and the insular cultures of Washington and Rome. It looks at the consequences of military overstretch.
- Published: 06 March 2008
- Format: Hardback 272 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781840468878 ISBN 10: 1840468874
- Sales rank: 428,181
Full description for The New Rome
Vanity Fair's US editor-at-large pits the modern USA against the might of the Roman Empire - and finds two very similar opponents. The rise and fall of ancient Rome has always been a metaphor for America, but here Cullen Murphy ventures past the obvious, bringing the brutal colours of Rome and the complexities of today's USA together in this beautifully written, intelligent and hugely readable book. He explores how the two populations saw their political elites, and the insular cultures of Washington and Rome. He looks at the consequences of military overstretch and the widening gap between military and civilian society. Murphy sees both states weakened through 'privatisation' and vexed by the paradoxical issue of borders.Pressingly, he argues that America most resembles Rome in the burgeoning corruption of its government and in its arrogant ignorance of the world outside; in these conditions, idealism, however well-meant, can too easily be a form of blindness. Lively and richly peppered with historical stories, Murphy's book brings the ancient world to life, and casts today's biggest superpower in a provocative new light.