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Mark Steyn
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11 Aug 2011
In his giant New York Times bestseller, America Alone: The End of the World as We Know It, Mark Steyn predicted collapse for the rest of the Western World. Now, he adds, America has caught up with Europe on the great rush to self-destruction. It s not just our looming financial collapse; it s not just a culture that seems on a fast track to perdition, full of hapless, indulgent, childish people who think government has the answer for every problem; it s not just America s potential eclipse as a world power because of the drunken sailor policymaking in Washington no, it s all this and more that spells one word for America: Armageddon. What will a world without American leadership look like? It won t be pretty not for you and not for your children. America s decline won t be gradual, like an aging Europe sipping espresso at a café until extinction (and the odd Greek or Islamist riot). No, America s decline will be a wrenching affair marked by violence and possibly secession. With his trademark wit, Steyn delivers the depressing news with raw and unblinking honesty but also with the touch of vaudeville stand-up and soft shoe that makes him the most entertaining, yet profound, columnist on the planet. And as an immigrant with nowhere else to go, he offers his own prescription for winning America back from the feckless and arrogant liberal establishment that has done its level best to suffocate the world s last best hope in a miasma of debt, decay, and debility. You will not read a more important or more alarming, or even funnier book all year than After America.

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  • Hardcover: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing Inc (11 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596981008
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596981003
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.5 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 79,797 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for After America "Mark Steyn is a modern day Jeremiah with a quiverful of devastating one-liners, nailing what the liberals have done to our country. He presents an alarming-and frighteningly convincing-prophecy of where we're headed. The choice is stark-we either listen to Steyn and act on his recommendations or face economic and cultural armageddon." -Mark Levin "Mark Steyn has done it again. In his new book, After America, he clearly defines the dangerous signals which show America is embracing the same doomed path as the failed European economies, and how vital it is to implement and avoid policies right now to prevent us from the same fate." -Sean Hannity "Only Mark Steyn can write about the decline of America and leave you laughing." -Ann Coulter

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Mark Steyn s writing on war, politics, the arts, and culture has appeared in almost every major publication around the world from The Wall Street Journal to The Irish Times to The Australian. Steyn is America's Happy Warrior in National Review; a contributing editor to Canada's bestselling newsweekly, Maclean's; an internationally syndicated columnist; and a visiting fellow at Hillsdale College. He is also a popular guest host of the Rush Limbaugh Program, America s number one radio show, and of the number two cable programme, Hannity on Fox News. For many years, he was Senior North American Corrrespondent for Britain's Daily Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph and The Spectator. His previous book, America Alone: The End Of The World As We Know It, is a New York Times bestseller in the United States and a Number One bestseller in Canada, where it was the subject of three separate complaints to the country's many 'human rights' commissions.

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Wow! What an incredible book. Mark Steyn, a cross between a stand-up comedian (great one-liners), a first class tabloid journalist (pithy, irreverent, and fearless) and an economist (who does reach a conclusion) has produced a MUST READ for all politicians, business folk and anyone else concerned with the current financial/economic chaos Europe and the US is going through. Essentially a plea to "get sovereign debt under control in the US" but there are lessons for all - particularly so in his Chapter, wickedly entitled, "The Hope of Audacity". Here's part of his recipe: De-centralize/De-governmentalize/De-regulate (less. much less Government),De-monopolize (including aspects of government), De-complicate, De-credentialize (less students to university/more compact courses, more technical/practical skill training). If there is one criticism it's Mark's "US tabloid" style - it gets just a little wearing but the underlying arguments are 24 carat gold.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Grim Prospects for the Post-American World 9 July 2012
By Dr. Bojan Tunguz TOP 500 REVIEWER
Mark Steyn is no stranger to controversy and to the particularly scathing vain of apocalyptic social commentary. In "America Alone" he addressed an increasing sense of isolation on the part of America in world that seems to be irrevocably sliding away from the many principles that had built the Western Civilization. Unfortunately, in the intervening years even America and Americans have been drifting away from those same values and principles, and in Steyn's view are headed towards the inevitable doom. In "After America" he presents his case for this assessment.

A doomsday books ought not to be this much fun to read. Steyn's wit, erudition, and style are second to none in today's polemical political punditry, and in his latest book he's been combining them and using them to the max. He strips naked all the liberal sacred cows and reduces to the brutal essentials many of the big-state arguments from the left. Steyn argues that the recent encroachment on individual liberties in the US under the Obama administration, and a concomitant increase of the nanny state, are actively undermining the political and economic health of America, and make it far less competitive in the ever more treacherous seas of the changing geopolitical realignments. Aside form the economic uncompetitiveness, it's the lack of leadership when it comes to individual freedom that is rapidly eroding America's unique leadership position. As many generations of immigrants have known for well over two centuries, including Steyn and myself, America has for well over two centuries been a beacon to all who try to escape or overcome tyranny in all parts of the world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading. 27 Sep 2011
Once again, Steyn lays it all out. Just about everything he predicted in 'America Alone' is everyday life in Europe, and in 'After America' he foretells the next stage of the collapse of Western Civilization.

It's often said that Steyn is unique in making you laugh whilst also making you depressed; it's absolutely true. If you want to know your future, buy this book - and get reading before it's too late.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling and yet hilarious 10 Feb 2013
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Mark Steyn has the rare and unique ability to use humour and wit to drive home points that are actually as serious as can be. In his previous book, 'America Alone', Steyn argued that the demographic and moral collapse of Europe meant that only America was left to uphold Western values and confront Islamist terrorism and Sino-Russian authoritarianism. In the time since he wrote the first book, he concludes now even America may be doomed.

Steyn concludes in this book that pork barrel spending by successive US governments, and similar social trends that brought down Europe now taking root in America means that now even America cannot morally or financially maintain its role as global protector. Instead, he foresees a future where, without American global protection, regional thugs like Chavez bully their neighbours, and at a global level where rampant and unchecked radical Islam forces countries to become even more submissive to their demands.

This book is a chilling, but informative read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read it and weep (for the world) 18 Nov 2012
An unsparing polemic against the 'Europeanisation' of America, both in terms of the expansion of the state and the culture of entitlement, this is written with great humour and apposite historical / literary references.

For a Brit such as myself it's particularly interesting to read an articulation of the almost seamless transition from British Empire to American hegemony; in stark contrast to the historic examples and, of course, the possible transition to China that the book forewarns.

Regrettably I fear it will succeed more in cheering those who already share the views expressed within it than in converting those who don't. That's not a criticism of the book or its author; simply a weary recognition of human nature...

Thoroughly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 2 Nov 2011
Mark Steyn knows his stuff. It may appear alarmist, but the facts he produces are all publicly available and the fact is the US is going down the tubes very fast. Gone is the baby boomer generation who consumed at olympic levels. They spent from earnings. Now everyone spends from cheap borrowed money, most especially the US Government, and they cannot possibly afford to pay it all back on time. Sound familiar?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally someone got it right
Finally someone got it right. A must read for anyone interested in shaping the future for our kids and grandkids.
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Anything written in the style of Mark Steyn is worth reading so what better than a book written by the man himself.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant book but with one or two flaws
I liked this book. Mark Steyn, whose enthusiasms range from writing about demographics to sharing his love of John Barry film scores, is always entertaining. Read more
Published on 30 Jan 2012 by Thomas H. Burroughes
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed I wasted my money.
It's difficult to decide whether Steyn really believes the fiction he writes or he's just teeing up his one liners, which are occassionally funny. Read more
Published on 8 Jan 2012 by bobapcoed
2.0 out of 5 stars It`s Europe Jim but not as the Europeans know it
As someone who actually lives in Londonistan, capital of Eurabia, and not in the frozen safety of north America, I`d just like to say that Steyn`s Europe is an incredibly vivid... Read more
Published on 2 Dec 2011 by F. Roberts
4.0 out of 5 stars after america
nearly half way through this absorbing-quite funny piece of literature,in my case i agree with steyn"s view,very well sectioned into mini chapters. Read more
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