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The Myth of America's Decline: Politics, Economics, and a Half Century of False Prophecies

Josef Joffe
Format
Book
Published
New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W.W. Norton & Company, [2013]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Variant Title
America's decline : politics, economics, and a half century of false prophecies
ISBN
9780871404497, 0871404494
Summary
"While it may be catnip for the media to play up America as a has-been, Josef Joffe, a ... German commentator and Stanford University academic, [proposes] that Declinism is not a cold-eyed diagnosis but a device in the style of the ancient prophets ... Gloom is a prophecy that must be believed so that it will turn out wrong. Joffe [posits that] 'economic miracles' that propelled the rising tide of challengers flounder against their own limits. Hardly confined to Europe alone, Declinism has also been an especially nifty career builder for American politicians, among them Kennedy, Nixon, and Reagan, who all rode into the White House by hawking 'the end is near'"--Dust jacket flap.
Description
xvi, 327 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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