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on May 4, 2015
Essential teading
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on November 26, 2014
I enjoy this book to the level that i bought it again as E-book when i purchase my Kindle E-reader
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on May 29, 2014
Mind reading is exactly what you are doing when you read any book.

The better the mind, the better the book.

What a pleasure it is to read Mark Steyn's mind!
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on May 25, 2014
I wouldn't buy them if I didn't want them. Always good. Especially this author. I need to add more words so. There.
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on March 31, 2014
It takes a lot of guts to tell the truth and Steyn is as gutsy as they come. This book is a sequel to America Alone, but updates the sad decline of unique American values. This is a picture of how America is losing its way and the vision of the founding fathers.
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on August 30, 2013
Mark Steyn is back at it again. Hard hitting, funny and factual. How could you not get a chuckle or two reading this book? Oh, at the same time it will drive you angry about the crazy ways that America's politicians have acted in the past decade or so. Mark Steyn has packed this book with facts and just that makes it even more valuable. His previous book "America Alone" was about the decline of the western world sans USA. "After America" is about the impending decline of the United States due to massive spending and growing debt. Steyn warns that fall of the USA will be a catastrophe for the whole world and it will be a nasty thing. Mark Steyn provides the reader with substantial facts and anecdotes that can not be denied. The problem with the US economy is not lack of spending or regulations. He proposes a variety of remedies that might prevent the collapse of the sole super power. This book is an excellent (yet depressing) read for every one. Leftist or right wing, this book is for you. Read it, devour it and give it to your friends and colleagues. I want a strong America and a strong America is good for the world. The current path the US has embarked upon will lead all of us in the western world to agony and collapse. This must not happen.
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on June 13, 2013
Makes you scared for the future of your children. The way the welfare state is destroying all virtue and how extreme ideologies will fill the gap when Western liberalism fails. After reading it, the only consolation you get is that it is worse in Canada and the UK.
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on March 5, 2013
The author, obviously an intelligent and well read person has chosen to demonstrate his absolute disdain for his American reader, or any person with any knowledge of life, for that matter.

I was cringing, reading entire chapters as if they were a collage of 15 sec sound bits, suitable for TV ads, selling "whatnots".

He is right, America is loosing its standing in the world, and the quality of life for most of its citizens.

He is wrong, screaming "socialism" and various euphemisms for "the other" political party.

Message received, you are sinking but have absolutely no clue of how to arrest it.

Now, worry about the personal selfishness of your poorly chosen leaders, who all live by the same calendar:

-- This month.

-- Next month.

-- Eternity.

It's been two months now...
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on September 30, 2012
Steyn never disappoints. He's incisive, witty, and totally a master of his subject. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is gutsy enough to want to know the truth about the state of the USA, and how to remedy it, or to be knowledgable enough to prepare for the worst.
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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. And in our view, the world without such strong and unique American leadership is a much more dangerous and uncertain world.

Steyn is a very opinionated writer, and this is one of his main selling points, as well as one of his biggest liabilities. He has a particular set of opinions, and although most of them form a coherent right-leaning worldview, he has enough of the personal pet peeves thrown into the equation that it's inevitable that some of that stuff will not resonate with all of his fans. I personally don't see the decline of government-sponsored space program as part of the decline of America itself. The space program was conceived and executed at the height of the cold war and it had its own rationale and value in promoting the American know-how and acting as a stand-in for all of American technological supremacy. Unfortunately, in my opinion the space program has been a victim of its own success. Like all other government programs of that size and scope it de-incentivized any privately initiated space exploration ventures for the better part of half a century. As it has been successfully demonstrated recently with the launch of Space X, the private sector has fully caught up and is able to execute space programs on its own. If this trend continues or, even more likely, accelerates, then in the decades ahead we may witness the true renaissance of the space exploration, and America-based private ventures at the center of it.

This book is a great read that provides a lot of insights and food for thought. However, it is an extremely partisan book and it's unlikely that anyone who is not already persuaded by its premise will find it convincing. For those of us, on the other hand, who are concerned with the future of freedom in America and beyond this book can serve as a much needed and welcome call to arms.
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