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Empires of Trust

How Rome Built--and America Is Building--a New World

Thomas F. Madden - Author

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ISBN 9781440631399 | 352 pages | 17 Jul 2008 | Plume | 8.26 x 5.23in | 18 - AND UP
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An acclaimed historian offers an optimistic view of the future of the United States in the light of Roman history

Maybe the end of the American ascendancy is not upon us. Maybe the U.S. will continue to dominate the world for centuries. Now award-winning historian Thomas Madden delivers an optimistic view of our nation's future.

Madden shows that the power of the ancient Roman republic and the U.S. was built on trust between allies, not the conquest of enemies. The far-reaching implications of this fact are essential reading for anyone who cares about the challenges we face now and in the years ahead.

Packed with stories from Roman history that offer amazingly obvious and explicitly stated parallels to our recent history, Empires of Trust is a narrative pleasure and a hopeful inspiration.

Empires of Trust Preface

1. Empires of Trust . . . and the Other Ones
2. Distrusting Kings
3. Family Values
4. Building an Empire While Trying Not To
5. Becoming a Superpower
6. The Empire and Its Aging Cultural Parents
7. How an Empire of Trust Grows . . . and Grows
8. Pax
9. Fights Around the Dinner Table of Empire
10. The Threat of Terrorism
11. Crying Over the Fall

A Note on Sources
Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index

"An entertaining comparison by an astute historian. . .Gems for history buffs as well as those who have never considered that something that happened before 1900 might matter."
-San Francisco Chronicle

"A breakout book."
-Richard Ellis, author of Founding Fathers


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