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The United States’ Problems Aren’t What You Think They Are

America’s decline resembles nothing so much as the collapse of the Ottoman Empire. Presidential candidates should take note.

With Democratic presidential candidates arguing about how they will restore America’s stature in the world, conservative historian Bernard Lewis is an unlikely source for a radical critique. And yet his work offers a prescient warning about American decline. You just have to imagine he was writing about the United States instead of the Ottoman Empire.

As the author of and , Lewis won more acclaim and infamy than is common for scholars of Ottoman intellectual history. His support for Israel and the Iraq

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