The Puzzle Of Fascism Eric Williams Summary

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The Puzzle of Fascism is a highly controversial new book written by Eric D. Williams. In this book, Williams offers up a single solitary concept, peppered with supporting details and arguments: Fascism and Fascist concepts are becoming more apparent in the American government and American society. Williams offers up many examples, including classic items such as mass control of the media and skewed propaganda, along with more less known items, such as the infamous Hegelian Principle. Though Williams offers up some compelling arguments and facts, some of the book did leave both unimpressed and unconvinced. Due to the fact that Eric Williams is not a very famous writer, little information exists about him that is readily accessible on the Internet (please note that this author should not be confused with D. Eric Williams, author of Heaven Is For Real). However, based on his previous books (The Puzzle of Fascism is his most recent), I have been able to deduce a bit about his typical subject matter. Williams has written and published four total books, including the one I am doing a review on. Of the other three, two detail the events of 9/11 and how it was supposedly an inside job by the American government (Williams hilariously quotes his own book as a source at one point in The Puzzle of Fascism). Based on these facts and with the use of typical terminology, it would be safe to say that Eric D. Williams in a “conspiracy theorist”. Obviously, I don’t like to throw this term around often, mostly due to the negative connotation that it has. However, by calling Williams this, I have not resigned myself to take all that he says with a grain of salt, but it has made a bit wary about the way that he presents his information and... ... middle of paper ... ...upt, Williams does not mention this at all. Overall, this book was a headache to read. Williams uses most of his arguments as an excuse to promote his anti-American government agenda, while also sprinkling a few decent arguments and a splash of emotion. It was also slightly frustrating, for there are definitely a few decent arguments that could be made on the subject, but instead of effectively establishing these problems and specifically elaborating on them, Williams spends most of his time complaining to the reader about the problems with the government. This book had an extremely large amount of potential, but it managed to fall quite flat. As I read the back of the book, I had had high expectations and thought that this book would prove to be an excellent sequel for my book from last semester. Although a few decent debates were made, this was not the case.
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