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Ancient Rome: How It Affects You Today

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Ancient Rome by Richard J. Maybury discusses what happens when higher law principles and a free market economy are ignored.

Mr. Maybury uses historical events to explain current events, including the wars in the former Soviet Empire, and the legal and economic problems of America today. Is your government making the same choices that led to the fall of Ancient Rome? Will history repeat?

Why is ancient history important to us today?
To build a better future we need to know how we got where we are today. The political trend that has dominated the world for 2,000 years, including the investment markets, remains almost unrecognized. Author Richard J. Maybury calls it the Roman Disease

Does America have the Roman Disease? Is there a cure? Or will America repeat the mistakes of Ancient Rome and collapse into poverty, decay, ruin and war?

Using the epistolary style of writing (using letters to tell a story), Mr. Maybury plays the part of an economist (Uncle Eric) writing a series of letters to his niece or nephew (Chris). Using stories and examples, Mr. Maybury gives interesting and clear explanations of topics that are generally thought to be too difficult for anyone but experts.

Mr. Maybury warns, "beware of anyone who tells you a topic is above you or better left to experts. Many people are twice as smart as they think they are, but they've been intimidated into believing some topics are above them. You can understand almost anything if it is explained well."


Paperback.  110 pages, quality paper, 8.5 x 5.5 inches.

Reading level: Ages 14 through Adult.

Course Uses:  Can be used for courses in Ancient Rome, U.S. History, Government, and Economics.

Corresponding student study guide: A Bluestocking Guide: Ancient Rome

Series Information: Ancient Rome: How It Affects You Today is part of the 11 book series: Uncle Eric's Model of How The World Works.
Though there is a recommended order of reading for the series, the books can be read in any order, and each have been written to stand alone.

Table of Contents for Ancient Rome

Uncle Eric's Model of How the World Works
Study Guide Available
About the Cover Illustration
Author's Disclosure

1. History Repeats
2. The Roman Disease that Stalks the Markets
3. The Roman Model
4. Hitler and Mussolini
5. The Roman Lust for Blood
6. Logic vs. Interests
7. Listen to the Music
8. The Return of Feudalism
9. Straight Lines
10. The Byzantine Empire
11. Summary

About Richard J. Maybury (Uncle Eric)