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Publisher's Summary

The New York Times best-selling author of The Case for Trump explains the decline and fall of the once cherished idea of American citizenship.

Human history is full of the stories of peasants, subjects, and tribes. Yet the concept of the “citizen” is historically rare — and was among America’s most valued ideals for over two centuries. But without shock treatment, warns historian Victor Davis Hanson, American citizenship as we have known it may soon vanish.

In The Dying Citizen, Hanson outlines the historical forces that led to this crisis. The evisceration of the middle class over the last 50 years has made many Americans dependent on the federal government. Open borders have undermined the idea of allegiance to a particular place. Identity politics have eradicated our collective civic sense of self. And a top-heavy administrative state has endangered personal liberty, along with formal efforts to weaken the Constitution.

As in the revolutionary years of 1848, 1917, and 1968, 2020 ripped away our complacency about the future. But in the aftermath, we as Americans can rebuild and recover what we have lost. The choice is ours.

©2021 Basic Books (P)2021 Basic Books

Critic Reviews

The Dying Citizen is essential reading for any American who cares about the fate of our nation.” (Mark R. Levin)

“In The Dying Citizen, Victor Davis Hanson shows once again why he is America's premier scholar, writer, and political observer. Drawing on his training as a classicist, and clearly informed by his deep personal experience living and farming in California's San Joaquin Valley, Hanson has written a tour de force on the history, rights, and responsibilities of modern citizenship, and the galaxy of forces that are undermining the concept of American citizenship today. Immensely enlightening but also deeply unsettling, The Dying Citizen is a wake-up call for our countrymen who want to preserve the American ideal for future generations.” (Rep. Devin Nunes)

“Citizenship brings all the enduring principles of democracy into the sphere of the individual. It honors the human need for a collective identity even as it makes room for the individual to pursue happiness. In this remarkably illuminating book, Victor Davis Hanson shows how so many contemporary problems — identity politics, the border crisis, bloated government, etc. — have only worsened for the lack of a vigorous and clarifying idea of citizenship. In this deeply democratic idea, Hanson points to a way beyond what ails us.” (Shelby Steele, author of Shame)

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From an uneducated reader;

The examples put forth on the abuses of our constitutional rights and the lack of action to thwart more in the future, is mind boggling. The power wielded by unelected officials, foreign powers dictating American policies, and the details of globalization all mentioned, left me feeling the topics commonly covered by mainstream media sources are a merely a distraction to keep people from looking behind the curtain. I learned quite a bit from this book and follow Victor Davis Hanson regularly. Though not an educated woman, I am grateful when the big world picture is presented in a way that enables me to research further the topics that are now and surely will continue to impact us all. I highly recommend this book.

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Very well done.

I listened on audiobooks. Nicely paced, very informative and thoughtful. Now if we can only get the citizens to all learn from it.

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Starts Well, Then Veers Off

The first several chapters are well documented and argued. But the book veers into a diatribe and stays there by chapter four. This is a disappointment given the quality of the first several chapters and it feels like he became distracted by making partisan arguments rather than defining a clear and universal definition of the American citizen. This is a critical project and I was excited to read it. It has become obvious that our nation's excessive focus on our differences has left our society with little we recognize as common to us all. How we come to define the essence of the "American citizen" will define those things we most value. Values drive behavior, politics, and security. From a national security perspective, our lack of cohesion leaves us vulnerable to hostile influence, internal division, and an inability to form coherent foreign policy based on shared American values. Given Dr. Hanson's esteemed career, he could have driven these points home, but missed the opportunity. Having read and enjoyed many of his books, I will have to rank this as a major disappointment.

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Every American Needs to Read This!

This erudite work is a masterpiece of American civics. Every citizen should read this and everyone seeking to become a citizen should too. Prof. Hanson's mastery of the classical ancient world is on full display with apt comparisons from ancient to modern world. The "new" political themes and platforms threatening our Republic are not so new after all. Gratias tibi ago magister maximus!

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Accurate Portrayal

Unlike Leftist Progressive historical accounts this one does not change or rewrite history to reflect a particular point of view.
As with other Hanson books, the historical context is outstanding.
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Vital reading.

An outstanding historical perspective and sound overview of the state of our union. VDH never fails to enlighten. Truly, one of the great intellects of our time. Thank you, Dr. Hanson!

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Excellent! Very enjoyable, and very educational.

The book captivated my attention. It was very factual, very clear, and very well organized. I finished it feeling enlightened as to what was really going on in this country.

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Brilliant and informative

A very important book. Hanson presents the facts and lets them form the narrative. Alas, the reader may put you to sleep. What a pity. I've switched to the written copy.

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Well written and extremely informative!

Many topics covered thoroughly and incitefully. A great history lesson juxtaposed well against current events!

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Great Book

This is a must read book for all citizens of the United States of America!