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Day of Reckoning: How Hubris, Ideology, and Greed Are Tearing America Apart

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America is coming apart at the seams. Forces foreign and domestic seek an end to U.S. sovereignty and independence. Before us looms the prospect of an America breaking up along the lines of race, ethnicity, class and culture. In Day of Reckoning, Pat Buchanan reveals the true existential crisis of the nation and shows how President Bush’s post-9/11 conversion to an ideolog

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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published November 27th 2007 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published 2007)
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Michael
Pat Buchanan's is a rare voice, one that refuses to tote a party line, and instead seeks to grapple with some rather irrefutable facts. While I plan to do further reading from other perspectives on those aspects of the book I found most interesting or difficult to swallow, I thought it was a very lucid presentation.

As with most of his recent books, he criticizes our government (and those in a position to influence it) for maintaining various trappings of empire, ones that he believes will mean t...more
John
I've read Buchanan before and admire his thoughtful perspective on history and socio-political issues. His politics come shining through clearly in this book on the challenges America faces in the coming decades. He argues that diversity is a great challenge for nations--a very politically incorrect idea. Yet I think he adequately demonstrates that diversity within a nation is actually a cause for alarm. He argues that it is a unified people that will maintain the integrity of a nation. He takes...more
Hewitt Moore
Another Buchanan "Must Read"... Highly recommended!
Michael
This book shows very powerfully how the United States has tried to be all things to all people and is now starting to feel the consequences. We've demanded that companies spend lots of money to take care of their workers, then given them no reason to keep those jobs here. We've bankrupted ourselves by taking care of everyone's every need, even those who aren't even citizens. We've gone to war in order to spread democracy to nations that don't want to be democratic, and have made enemies all over...more
Mazola1
Although he denies it, and now styles himself as a non-interventionist, Pat Buchanan is still an unreconstructed and unrepentant isolationist. Perhaps unsurprisingly then, his political views are often quirky and pungent, sometimes maddingly simplistic but sometimes incisive and thought provoking.
Day Of Reckoning is Pat Buchanan's latest screed on what's wrong with America and how it's "coming apart at the seams," which is his way of saying going to hell in a handbasket. The list of things that...more
Jan Staveley
This is one of those books that challenges what you think you know! Great insights into what made America great and this has been frittered away on the altar of equality and multiculturalism - that all people and all beliefs are equal when those cultures and countries history's reveal this is not true. The author clearly reveals what has happened "It is crucial to realise that the USA, the greatest republic...rose not because the settlers believed in diversity, equality ... They believed in the...more
John
Uncle Pat hits it out of the ballpark again. All the rage this week in wonky political circles was talk of the changing political landscape from the tired, old game that is Democrat v. Republican with the rise of the "Me-llennials." Buchanan was among the first conservatives in politics to offer a voice against free trade, state-free capitalism, and perpetual international entanglements, all of which have undoubtedly had a hand in causing the economic turmoil facing the 20-somethings today.

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Stephen
What’s wrong with America? Change, brown people, and wars, judging by Day of Reckoning. Published in 2009, presumably to capitalize on the election, Day of Reckoning puts forth Patrick Buchanan’s vision for America: less war, stronger borders,, protectionism, and more white babies, especially the good Anglo kind. (Nothing is said about Saxon babies, but one assumes they’re OK.) Although marred by stupefying sketchiness at times, and more a thought-dump than a coherent argument, Reckoning makes a...more
Jay
Lincoln was a white supremacist

Got your attention? Well that line got mine. Yes, the line Lincoln was a white supremacist can be found on page 62 of this book. Buchanan perhaps uses this language, as he does through the book, to shore up his conservative base's interest in his thoughts. It's one of the many problems with the work. To be fair, I consider my self a realist... which tend to lead me towards a liberal minded thought pattern. However, I deeply agree with the author on many of his key...more
Thoughtprocess
I politically identify as "socially liberal, fiscally conservative," and I was unsure of what to expect from reading Day of Reckoning. As it turns out, I found it to be a surprisingly well-written book. Buchanan's primary thesis is that the United States has been in steady decline for the past century, due to a steadily compounding series of problems. Through the books 265 pages, Buchanan focuses on each of them in turn. The primary themes include poorly-checked immigration, complicated politica...more
Rhonda
This is a great book warning America to wake up and take heed, lest we continue to fall into it's demise. Talks about America's moral and financial crisis, how far we have gotten from the intent of our Founding Forefathers.

I don't know that I agree with everything he writes, but it is certainly food for thought.

My favorite "sub-chapter" was on page 175, The Real Revolution, about how we have been overtaken by a movement that drove wedges through society that endure today, regarding race reject...more
Clif Hostetler
Mr. Buchanan is known for his politically conservative views. He is something of a modern day Jeremiah proclaiming the coming cataclysmic end of the nation. When his views conform with my own generally liberal beliefs, his clear articulation of problems meets with my approval. His scathing critic of the current administration's careless squandering of international goodwill following 911 with their overt display of hubris is very well written.

His strident decrying of the "culture wars" is overdo...more
Steve
Sep 20, 2008 Steve rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Political Junkies
I have a mixed reaction to this book. I think the sections on free trade and overuse of our military vs. economic power are good. At times the author is way to anti-Bush. Bush does not act in a vaccuum. Because of this the attacks that seem to be aimed at Bush should have been aimed at the current moral deficit of the Republican Party and of the Country in general. The aguments made against the administration are better made against the greater culture war we are in. The greatness of the America...more
Jon
Buchanan has always been an interesting guy in politics. Mostly libertarian, but also conservative in his comments. It seems in the last 10 years he's gone on the anti-conservitive move, but more so as an anti-neo-con, which is good.

In this book, we learn that Muslims will be the dominate religion/culture by 2050 (or something like that) since Europe has a negative birthrate and the US barely is positive. Compared to Muslims countries they are 3 or 4 times our rate. Thus, he basically says we ne...more
Adam Spivey
This is the sixth book I have read from Pat Buchanan and I have thoroughly enjoyed each one. I plan to read three more by him next.

He takes from Russell Kirk explaining the difference between ideology and philosophy. Philosophy attempts to understand the world the way it is and ideology seeks to impose a certain set of dogmatic and rigid beliefs on the world. Kirk said the conservatism is the negation of ideology. I think that is why I have always liked Buchanan despite not always agreeing with...more
Kate
Wow, I didn't realize how bad a president Bush was until I read this book. I have watched Pat Buchanan in the past, but I didn't really realize his views until I read this book. A lot of good information I didn't know before and really made sense to me, but also a lot that I felt was wrong and didn't make sense. Learned free trade is bad, the evils of ideology (really got tired of reading about ideology!), don't buy foreign cars, and it was all our fault we were attacked 9/11! Really liked Bucha...more
Jared Bangerter
Well I wouldn't rush out to read this one, but I would read this one. People need to understand the situation America is in now and how we got here. It goes back to that quote that those who forget history are doomed to repeat it. This book focus on the theme that we need to fight for America while we still have an America to fight for. An eye opening read and very entertaining, of course this is coming from someone who is a political science major so take the entertaining remark with a grain of...more
Frank
Pat spells out how the U.S. is going to Hell in a handbasket because of outsourcing, illegal immigration, corporate greed, U.S. imperialism, ethnocentrism, and the loss of our collective identity as Americans (among other things). It's a relatively quick read because of the large typeface and the fact that it's just over 200 pages. Although it's more of an essay than an in-depth analysis of issues, I can't say I disagree with him on most points!
Jon
Pat Buchanan explains the financial and moral crisis facing America and proposes workable solutions. He is an ignored sage, written off as an old crusty isolationist, which is all the worse for our country. He is guilty, however, of only telling one side of the story on the dispute that led to the American Civil War.
Tom
If what the author says is correct then we as a country are in some danger. There are a handful of issues on which I disagree with him, but mostly I think he has a pretty accurate take on what's going on right now, a take informed by many years of experience in the highest echelons of American government.
Grandpa Ellsworth
I think this is a redo of Buchanan's other books, at least 4+ on the same theme with the same arguments. It is a doomsday scenario of everything wrong with the U.S. I agree with about half his arguements and half his conclusions. It is very much a scare-sensational presentation and not much fun to read.
John DeCuir
Outstanding book. Buchanan lays out the road our nation has traveled on and where this road leads us, and it isn't a pretty picture. Disturbing and sobering, this book is a wake-up call to Americans to realize the disastrous route our country is taking. Not a particularly pleasant read, but a necessary one.
Trevor Parker
May 18, 2008 Trevor Parker rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Conservatives
Recommended to Trevor by: My dad
While I found Patrick Buchanan somewhat alarmist and overly conservative in this book, that is normal for him. This book was well paced, gripping, and overall encouraged me to think about the current global and national situation. It really got me focusing on the US foreign policy and its importance.
Philomena
Let me start with a disclaimer: I am not a fan of Patrick Buchanan. However, I think some of his thoughts in this book are pertinent and I found myself agreeing with SOME of his ideas. I always think it is important to read what the other side is saying.
Papajack
Jun 09, 2008 Papajack rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all who vote or need to.
Recommended to Papajack by: Author known for his books
Patrick J. Buchanan, nationally known political views talk show host and conservaative writer, shows how as a nation we got where we are and what needs to be done to improve our country. A must read for all thinking Americans.
Jonathan
I enjoyed reading the book, despite that while reading it you start to realize how bad of shape we really are in as a nation, and the lengths we are going to have to go to fix some of the problems covered.
Erin
Another Excellent Book showing how the government screws us and how we are losing our country financially so that a couple of greedy bastards can get rich while we lose everything.
Online-University of-the-Left
Although I'm on opposite sides from Pat, I always find him interesting as a 'second wave American nationalist. this book has a good critique of the NeoCons as over-reaching imperialists.
David Pfeiffer
This book is mainly about foreign policy issues in regards to war, trade and american jobs. Not sure I agree with Pat Buchanan on some of his anti-free trade issues.
Matthew
Mar 09, 2008 Matthew rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Probably the most accurate description of the state of America today and where we are headed if we don't change course soon.

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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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