Author: Joe Conason
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publication Date: January 8, 2008
Hardcover: 256 pages
“A masterfully rational and lucid writer . . . [this is] a serious, focused, and well-reasoned call to awakening.” ―Daily Kos
“[Conason] ably catalogs the Bush administration’s attempts to subvert civil liberties.” ―The New York Times Book Review
“[Conason] offers pithy insights into each central character in the post–September 11 drama, including Karl Rove, Dick Cheney, Alberto Gonzales, David Addington, and John Yoo . . . [and] a well-written account of an administration bent on establishing authoritarian executive power.” ―The New York Review of Books
“Conason eloquently warns of the danger of American authoritarianism.” ―Naomi Wolf, The Guardian
For the first time since the Nixon era, Americans have reason to doubt the future of democracy. Today, to an unprecedented degree, big government conspires with big business and big evangelism, while civil liberties are diminished and war is promoted by taxpayer-funded ideologues, raving pundits, and religious zealots. Could we be headed toward an age of authoritarianism?
It Can Happen Here, by bestselling political journalist Joe Conason, is a compelling, impassioned, yet rational and fact-based look at the state of the nation. Conason shows how and why the former Bush administration and the neoconservative right have wrenched America away from its founding principles — and pushed us toward a never-ending series of foreign wars.