It Can Happen Here

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It Can Happen Here: Authoritarian Peril in the Age of Bush
Author Joe Conason
Country United States
Language English
Subject Authoritarianism, George W. Bush
Publisher Thomas Dunne Books, an imprint of St. Martin's Press
Publication date
February, 2007 (1st edition, hardcover)
Media type Hardcover
Pages 238 pages (1st edition, hardcover)
ISBN 0-312-35605-6 (1st edition, hardcover)
OCLC 76140399
973.93 22
LC Class E902 .C658 2007

It Can Happen Here: Authoritarian Peril in the Age of Bush (2007) is a nonfiction book written by liberal writer and commentator Joe Conason.

Conason discusses what he sees as a trend towards authoritarianism during the administration of US President George W. Bush, focusing on manipulation of intelligence and public opinion surrounding the Iraq War, disregard of national and international law (the NSA warrantless wiretapping controversy and signing statements are used as examples), the increased mix of big business and government, and more. The title comes from Sinclair Lewis' novel It Can't Happen Here (1935), which portrays an American dictatorship and is quoted frequently throughout the book.

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