Will America Fail
Will America fail? Have the values of our Founders become obsolete? Will the 21st Century belong to China? Is the next generation prepared to lead? In a surprisingly optimistic book, the 29 year-old creator of If I Wanted America to Fail—the massively popular viral video that became an overnight phenomenon—digs deeper into the provocative themes that struck a chord with millions of Americans. More
Will America fail?
That question has surged to the forefront of our nation’s escalating culture war. The fear of “American decline” has emerged as the recurring hot topic on primetime cable news programs and daytime talk radio shows. Public opinion polls routinely report that once-devoutly hopeful Americans are now more pessimistic than optimistic about our country’s future. Gradually, the fear of American decline has begun to reshape our political DNA.
While authors on both ends of the political spectrum have addressed the question of American decline with honesty and depth, even the most thorough and engaging of these works tend to be too academic, too impersonal or too narrowly focused on a single Presidency. Their Baby Boom or Gen-X authors, while often credentialed, hail from conventional political backgrounds with predictable cultural outlooks, rooted in the experiences of Watergate, Vietnam or the Reagan Revolution.
Written by Ryan Houck, the narrator, producer and writer of If I Wanted America to Fail—a groundbreaking viral video that quickly earned millions of hits on YouTube—Will America Fail? is a genuinely understandable and relatable book on America’s long-term political future from a fresh, persuasive young source.
In the space of only a few days, millions of Americans watched If I Wanted America to Fail. The overnight YouTube sensation roared into the political limelight, gaining national media attention by depicting a bleak, seemingly pessimistic vision of America’s decline. Conservative commentators hailed the video as “brilliant” while Fox News’s Eric Bolling declared it a new “conservative manifesto.”
Will America Fail? addresses the gnawing questions that have begun to erode our national confidence, such as: Is America, like Rome before it, destined to crumble and collapse? Have the values of our Founding Fathers become antiquated and unnecessary in the Information Age? Will the 21st Century belong to China or the United States? Is the next generation of Americans prepared to lead?
The video, If I Wanted America to Fail, was a dire depiction of our nation’s challenges. However, surprisingly, Will America Fail? makes the case that many of those challenges can and will be overcome within our lifetime. The author’s take on America is decidedly, and surprisingly, optimistic. Will America Fail? is both a “message of hope” from Millennials to Baby Boomers as well as an optimistic, frank and original take on the future of conservatism in the 21st Century.
Written in a deeply personal style and filling the vacuum of optimistic conservative literature, Will America Fail? makes the bold prediction that America stands at the threshold of renewal—and that many members of the Millennial Generation will not only live to see it, they will inaugurate it.
Unlike most political commentary on bookshelves today, Houck’s message is born of the Information Age. Readers in their twenties and thirties will instantly discover modern ways to connect with the timeless truths of our American Experiment, while older readers will find both a new sense of optimism for our nation’s long-term future as well as a new conservative language that will appeal to their Millennial children. For all generations, Houck’s take is powerfully original—striking the same provocative chord that made If I wanted America to Fail an unqualified success.
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