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Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?

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America is disintegrating. The "one Nation under God, indivisible" of the Pledge of Allegiance is passing away. In a few decades, that America will be gone forever. In its place will arise a country unrecognizable to our parents. This is the thrust of Pat Buchanan's Suicide of a Superpower, his most controversial and thought-provoking book to date.

Buchanan traces the disin
Hardcover, 496 pages
Published October 18th 2011 by Thomas Dunne Books
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Roland Bruno
Nov 01, 2011 Roland Bruno rated it it was amazing
Shelves: essay, non-fiction
Lacking the humor of Mark Steyn's "After America", this title has the subtlety of a kick in the teeth. Once upon a time we lived by "common sense" but that was replaced by political correctness, moral equivalency and the fantastical pursuit of an egalatarian utopia. Truthfully, turning away from this new reality in my opinion is an even greater fantasy. It's not going to happen. Buchanan eloquently explains how we've gotten to this point and where it's leading us. He offers suggestions on how to ...more
Oct 14, 2011 Kevin rated it liked it
Pat, Pat, Pat... I worked for Pat in 1992 and will always remember him as a nice, funny, and ridiculously smart person. In his defense, and to his discredit, he has not changed at all. This book should have been subtitled, "How the country I grew up in was ruined by all of these brown people." While Pat is a great writer and therefore fun to read, he offers nothing new in this book. Day of Reckoning, State of Emergency, and now Suicide. I suppose the next book will be called, "I am not kidding, ...more
Fredrick Danysh
Jan 14, 2012 Fredrick Danysh rated it it was amazing
Shelves: political
America is losing its status as a superpower. National debt as a percent of gross domestic product is increasing, the federal payroll is growing larger, more people are receiving handouts, the religious and moral values of the country are being lost, and the Democratic party is buying votes to stay in power with its giveaway programs. Even if you don't agree with the aauthor, this work should give you food for thought.
Patsy Gantt
Sep 05, 2012 Patsy Gantt rated it it was amazing
I think this one is going to keep that five-star rating to the very end. America needs to wake up and listen to Mr. Buchanan. Unfortunately, that would mean stopping immigration for a while. But the more difficult task is that we need to declare ourselves a Christian nation again and re-think our "tolerance" and multinationalism. Mr. Buchanan speaks from good common sense - a nation is built (and remains strong) when it shares common religion, culture, and morals. When a nation embraces diversit ...more
Jan 13, 2012 Bob rated it it was amazing
I read yesterday that MSNBC is considering banishing Buchanan, again, for publishing this book. Interesting tactic for a "news" outlet. The idea that certain ideas "approved" by the left cannot be suppressed, while other, disfavored ideas, cannot be permitted, is one of the points Buchanan quite eloquently makes in this exhaustively researched and exceedingly well written tome.
Jim Blessing
May 24, 2012 Jim Blessing rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction
As expected, this was a hate-filled diatribe by the person who pushed my spouse out of the Republican party via his culture war speech at the 1992 Republican convention. Buchanan's attempts to use statistics to support his views are entertaining. His view tends to remind one of immigrant whites trying to hold onto large black-majority African nations (such as South Africa) in the 20th century.
Adam Spivey
Feb 19, 2012 Adam Spivey rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, politics
This book is so good Pat Buchanan recently got fired from MSNBC for writing it. I guess the politically correct police couldn't refute his arguments so they just blacklisted him from being heard.
Jan 31, 2012 Shane rated it really liked it
Though this book seems to jump all over the place, many of Buchanan's points are right on the money. Funny that he's getting all this flack in the media because his chapters that come out against multiculturalism are perceived as racist. He may be racist, I don't know, but his point that as a general rule, people like to hang out with people who are like each other--well basically, that is valid, Latinos hang with Latinos, Blacks with Blacks, Whites with Whites, Mormons hang with other Mormons, ...more
Nov 06, 2011 Erin rated it it was amazing
This is Pat Buchanan's eloquent call to arms and guidebook on how to save this country as she is in death's grasp. Every white person needs to read this book and understand that they are being exterminated through low birth rates and mass immigration, how our financial woes came to be and the idiocy of our public "leaders". Pat Buchanan is easily the most brilliant mind in America today. The Republican party also needs to wake up and listen to him, as they are currently defunct thanks to their r ...more
Jan 31, 2012 Ray rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't say I agreed with a lot of what Pat Buchanan offered, but I did like the fact that he's a man of his beliefs, and states his case clearly and without apology. The theme I get from reading the book is that he really misses the good old days when "his" America was a society of white, Christian men, and he laments the fact that the Country is evolving toward a more secular, multi-ethnic society.

It quickly becomes clear that Pat Buchanan isn't for affirmative action in this Country, and tel
Dec 15, 2011 John rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
I admire Buchanan much more now, after having read this book. I've read a couple of his books, but he's never exhibited the kind of Christian wisdom he showed in this book. He recognizes the spiritual decline in America is responsible for the cultural and political decline we are experiencing now.

He takes direct aim at multiculturalists in this book, with even greater precision and force than in "Day of Reckoning." He argues that the flood of third-world immigration into the Western nations is o
Mar 26, 2013 Dane rated it liked it
Shelves: politics, culture
Buchanan is always an interesting read, though he doesn't quite have the knobs in all the right places.
Jan 12, 2013 Bryan457 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Well, that is the most thought provoking book I have read in a very long time. I don't agree with him on some things (the racist undercurrents make me very uncomfortable), and there is quite a bit that I don't know if he is right or not. However, it definitely gave me a lot to think about.

DISCLAIMER - The author does not provide solutions (Oh, wait, he does directly suggest some overall solutions at the end of the last chapter). He just states the problems, the perceived causes and where these p
Connie Townsend
Oct 13, 2012 Connie Townsend rated it really liked it
This book brought to light, for me, a number of things I have seen happening in the USA over the years. Now things seem to be coming together. I have seen the Christian religion mocked, crosses removed because they offend someone, not saying Christmas because of the word Christ and the push to remove any reference to God in our schools. We has also seen the rise of the concept "Social Justice" and the call for redistribution of wealth. Yet we are call racist or Islamophobe if we speak out agains ...more
Kevin Summers
Dec 31, 2015 Kevin Summers rated it really liked it
Sample quote: "'To create a concept is to leave reality behind,' wrote the Spanish philosopher Ortega y Gassett. Our elites have created a concept of the ideal nation--the most egalitarian, diverse, democratic, and liberated that ever existed. And they have mobilized the vast power of government and law to force America to conform to that concept. They will fail, and this great and good country will die of their experiment."

Also, the chapter titled "The Triumph of Tribalism" seemed most truthful
Kym Andrew Robinson
Aug 07, 2014 Kym Andrew Robinson rated it it was ok
Pat Buchanan is a talented writer and for the most part a skilled historian. He is an interesting man who has lead a very privileged and distinct life.

While I do enjoy hearing and reading Buchanan, whether I agree or not, I find that when he addresses subjects like this he does so from a very self orientated perspective.

As an outsider I have a very unique perspective of what it means to be American and what the supposed American ideals are. I have read a great deal on the subject and have been r
Nov 29, 2014 G rated it liked it
Shelves: trivia
Harsh warning from Mr. Buchanan. Spiritual decline would have anything to do with recent situation? Buchanan is trying to grasp the complexity of the modern US, but I don’t see abandoning the general Christian declaration is one of the causes of some future disintegration. I still considering USA as country that is providing the leading edge to humanities struggle to survive. Unfortunately, other big nations are not ready to join this board since still trying to cope with tribal mental remaining ...more
Jan 06, 2012 Anne rated it it was amazing
A definite book to read if you love America. Pat Buchanan lays out the problems with our country and the road we must take if we are to save our country and keep it what our forefathers planned it to be. Current powers in charge are slowly destroying all we once had, and must be stopped before we lose all our freedoms.
Thomas Achord
Dec 13, 2015 Thomas Achord rated it really liked it
Shelves: politics
"When the faith dies, the culture dies, the civilization dies, the people die. That is the progression."

Buchanan's analysis is shrewd and at times devastating. I agree with him on many issues, such as immigration and demographics. His essays on white racial injustice needs to be heard loudly. If they are on their way out, and if David Goldman is right that dying peoples lash out, then we all should watch out.

But Buchanan's push for tariffs on imports I find untenable economically. Perhaps I sh
Jun 23, 2016 Rafael rated it liked it
Suicide of a Superpower – Pat Buchanan

I decided to read five books this year written by people I would disagree with on a number of issues. This is one of those five. Suicide of a Superpower was a very interesting and well researched book. It is clear that Pat Buchanan is quite knowledgeable when it comes to understanding and explaining history. I agree with him completely when it comes to our nation’s foreign policy. The U.S. should get out of the business of nation building and fighting other
Cunni Moeller
Jan 12, 2013 Cunni Moeller rated it it was amazing
Just finished this book.
A must read for every high school and college student.
Every member of Congress should also read it.
A non-political correct view of how the U.S. got to its demise.
Dec 11, 2011 Todd rated it it was amazing
A book everyone should read if they want to understand what is really happening to their Nation. A concise look at how America is destroying itself in ways that no foreign enemy could accomplish
Tim Owens
Mar 15, 2016 Tim Owens rated it it was ok
I found Suicide of a Superpower poorly organized and just a rambling rant. The book is full of contradictions and loaded with quotes from the people of the past that are a bit irrelevant. As a strict Constitutionalist, some of Buchanan's solutions to our problems go against the heart of the Constitution. The last chapter finally made the points he so muddled in the previous chapters and a reader can save a lot of time by reading this chapter first and be done with it.. I find Buchanan's perspect ...more
Mar 12, 2012 Michael rated it it was amazing
This book is a wake up call for America. Let's hope our leaders leverage Buchanan's suggestions and save our Republic.
Diana Vale Balatico
Feb 12, 2012 Diana Vale Balatico rated it did not like it
"Will America survive to 2025?"

Are you serious? What kind of sentence is that? I can't stand this book.
Apr 01, 2016 Avery rated it really liked it
Why was America a superpower in the first place? What kind of craziness made a country founded on secular democracy into the byword for military might and justice? Buchanan never tries to answer that question in this long elegy.

I think we should do a little mix-up here. Nietzsche's book Genealogy of Morals should be given the title "Suicide of a Superpower". Freud's Future of an Illusion should be retitled "Genealogy of Morals". And Buchanan's Suicide of a Superpower should be retitled "Future o
Feb 27, 2012 Pasquale rated it really liked it
Partisan but well written and some very good points
Nov 29, 2012 Read1000books rated it it was amazing
Shelves: political
I'll be blunt: Every American should read this book. I don't say that lightly, nor do I give books 5 stars at random. If you want to know how our country got to the point where it is now (culturally, morally, politically, religiously, etc.), whether you are content with the current state of things or not, and where we are probably going to end up in the years and decades ahead, you will find plenty of fact-based information here. Almost prophetic in his scope, Buchanan covers not only the United ...more
Todd Wilhelm
Mar 19, 2012 Todd Wilhelm rated it really liked it
"From 2000 to 2010, America saw 50,000 factories close and 6 million manufacturing jobs disappear. China, Japan, the EU, Canada, and even Mexico ran up hundreds of billions or trillions of dollars in trade surpluses with the United States. Is this because their workers are more capable and efficient?

No. Worker for worker, Americans are the best. Why, then, are we losing? Because China, Japan, and Germany are trade predators not trade partners. They look on trade the way Vince Lombardi looked on
Jul 10, 2012 Steven rated it really liked it
Buchanan decries the decadence which he contends is contributing to the death throes of the once great American nation. He offers many simple solutions, none of which have any realistic chance of being implemented: The cult of multiculturalism must be replaced with the former requirement of the acculturation of immigrants. The melting pot reinstated by stringently enforcing our borders, imposing punitive measures for those who hire illegal immigrants, imposing English as the official language, e ...more
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One of America's best known paleoconservatives, Buchanan served as a senior advisor to Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and Ronald Reagan. He ran for president in 1992, 1996 and 2000. Buchanan is an isolationist on the subject of American foreign policy and believes in a restrictive immigration policy.
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