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The Book

In Rome and America: The Great Republics, Walter Signorelli chronicles and compares these two greatest and enduring republics of history, explaining how they formed, grew, and prospered before evaluating their strengths and weaknesses, the environments from which they emerged, and the values and practices they had in common.


Signorelli also explores parallels between American and Roman military history, similarities between their constitutional governments, and the legacy of Roman law in America. Lastly, he questions whether our democratic-republican government will disintegrate as the Roman Republic disintegrated, whether it will grow stronger despite its similarities to the Roman experience or transform itself into another form of government akin to Rome’s imperial dictatorship.

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