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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
Paperback, 496 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published October 18th 2011)
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Oct 14, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Roland Bruno
Oct 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Fredrick Danysh
Jan 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Dec 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 29, 2011 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
Oct 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 22, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics, culture
Buchanan is always an interesting read, though he doesn't quite have the knobs in all the right places.
Diana Vale Balatico
"Will America survive to 2025?"

Are you serious? What kind of sentence is that? I can't stand this book.
Nov 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult
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
Jan 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jon Moeller
Jan 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jessica Frey
Mar 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read! The book is rich with facts, statistics, and history, spanning many years & many civilizations. Pat is unapologetic in his truths and beliefs.
Feb 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Partisan but well written and some very good points
Feb 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a wake up call for America. Let's hope our leaders leverage Buchanan's suggestions and save our Republic.
May 24, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Colleen Somes
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book; Pat Buchanan makes an excellent case for a lot of changes that need to occur re the major issues that face our country.
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Buchanan is wrong about a lot, but he writes well and I think it's worth trying to figure out what people find compelling about his perspective.
Kym Robinson
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
Jul 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 21, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
I found this book so utterly depressing that I could only read it in small chunks, over a much longer period of time than any book I have managed to complete, at least in recent memory. And since I did not take notes while reading I am uncertain whether or not I have properly remembered what I read early on. And I am also concerned that Mr. Buchanan has overreached himself on certain claims made, and that the evidence presented in support of said claims is perhaps tilted in support of said claim ...more
Rui Ma
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
This book covers moral, political, economical and social challenges in US. This explains why this administration won election.

This helps me understand current American society more.

I would recommend it for anyone who wish to understand how US becomes after 2000.
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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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“The difference between an optimist and a pessimist,” said journalist Clare Boothe Luce, “is that the pessimist is usually better informed.” 7 likes
“There has been a precipitous decline in the character of our people. We are not the people our parents were. We are not even the people we used to be.” 1 likes
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