It Can Happen Here: Authoritarian Peril in the Age of Bush
    • It Can Happen Here: Authoritarian Peril in the Age of Bush (2008) by Joe Conason

For the first time since the Nixon era, Americans have reason to doubt the future — or even the presence — of democracy. We live in a society where government conspires with big business and big evangelism; where ideologues and religious zealots attack logic and the scientific method; and where the ruling party encourages xenophobic nationalism based on irrational, manufactured fear. The party in power seems to seek a perpetual state of war to hold on to power, and they are willing to lie, cheat, and steal to achieve their ends. The question must be asked: Are we headed toward the end of American democracy?

Nobel Prize–winning author Sinclair Lewis depicted authoritarianism American-style in his sardonically titled dystopian novel It Can't Happen Here, published in 1935. Now, bestselling political journalist Joe Conason argues that it can happen here — and a select group of extremely powerful right-wing ideologues are driving us ever closer to the precipice. In this compelling, impassioned, yet rational and fact-based look at the state of the nation, Conason shows how and why America has been wrenched away from its founding principles and is being dragged toward authoritarianism.

Praise for It Can Happen Here:

"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