The winner of two national book awards, including a Gold Medal in the prestigious Benjamin Franklin Awards, A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State paints a chilling portrait of a nation in the final stages of transformation into a police state, complete with surveillance cameras, drug-sniffing dogs, SWAT team raids, roadside strip searches, blood draws at DUI checkpoints, mosquito drones, tasers, privatized prisons, GPS tracking devices, zero tolerance policies, overcriminalization, and free speech zones.
Whether you’re talking about militarized police response to riots in Ferguson, Missouri, the city-wide lockdown of Boston in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing, Edward Snowden’s revelations about the NSA’s insidious domestic surveillance campaigns, or laws criminalizing everything from growing vegetables in your backyard, A Government of Wolves speaks to this strange new world in which police shoot first and ask questions later and Americans are treated like criminals and outlaws.
A widely-respected constitutional attorney and author, Whitehead charts America’s transition from a democratic society governed by “we the people” to an environment where the adherence to the law becomes another tool of oppression. Hailed by those on the left and right of the political spectrum and at every point in between, for its masterful chronicling of America’s shift away from the rule of law, the U.S. Constitution, which historically shielded us from government abuses, A Government of Wolves reveals the inner workings of an increasingly pervasive and militaristic surveillance state in which there is nowhere to run and nowhere to hide from the government’s all-knowing, all-seeing eyes.
As American historian and nationally syndicated columnist Nat Hentoff notes in his special introduction to A Government of Wolves: “We have been through some troubling times before in our nation’s history. What we have now may be more insidious. Indeed, I believe we are in a worse state now than ever before in this country. With the surveillance state closing in on us, we are fighting to keep our country free from our own government.”
Making the case that fiction has now become fact, A Government of Wolves also shows how sci fi movies such as Minority Report, 1984, The Matrix, They Live, and V for Vendetta have pointed the way towards America becoming a futuristic society in which a passive, uninformed populace gives rise to an overbearing, out-of-control government. This is the future George Orwell warned against. This is the present that Whitehead cautions could become an endless nightmare from which there is no awakening unless we act now.
- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: SelectBooks; 1 edition (June 25, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1590799755
- ISBN-13: 978-1590799758
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1 inches
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By Thomas S. Neuberger on June 7, 2013
It appears that the point of no return has passed and I have little hope in an uprising of civil disobedience as Whitehead urges or a second American Revolution which would restore normalcy to the public and revitalize our lost constitutional liberties.
This book can certainly be a manifesto for a movement to that end. I pray it inspires the present generation to the task at hand. But I fear that nothing less than a social upheaval akin to that of the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s, or the opposition to the war in Vietnam in the late 60s, will do it.
Thomas S. Neuberger, attorney
By Bess on August 20, 2013
I won’t bother reviewing the minutiae of the book but its basically what you’d expect- not in a ‘predictable’ way but more in a timely, relevant way. It is very much worth reading, but there’s still that nagging reality; the people who are apt to seek out books like this and intellectually engage themselves with the issue of personal freedom are the same people who already understand that there’s a severe problem- ‘the choir’ – and not the people we need to inspire to action.
There are quite a few other books on this topic, some real barn-burners in the field of criminology if you’re interested in the ‘stick’ part of the governments carrot/stick equation (‘One Nation Under Arrest’, ‘Go Directly To Jail’, ‘Three Felonies a Day’ are required reading) but few- if any- propose is a politically workable solution to actually fix this nightmare.
There is no rolling back bureaucratic inertia. Since the 18th century, we’ve assembled an untold number of Congressmen and Senators at the state and federal levels whose only job was to pass more and more laws.
By Paul Tognetti on July 20, 2013
-p. 5For those who are paying attention, the red flags are everywhere around us. Slowly but surely, like Chinese water torture, the American people are losing their freedoms. The Founding Fathers would be appalled. The United States of America is slowly but surely exhibiting all of the characteristics of a police state. According to author John W. Whitehead the slow but deliberate march towards authoritarianism began about two decades ago and has only accelerated since the unfortunate events of 9/11. We are witnessing first-hand the dismantling of our institutions, due process, the rule of law and the American Constitution, all in the name of security. Mesmerized by fear and the bread and circuses offered by the government and corporate America the majority of the American people have no idea what is happening to them and really don’t seem to care. John W. Whitehead is an author and attorney who is an expert in the area of constitutional law. Whitehead believes that time is running out for the American people to rise up and clamp down on the military-industrial complex that is running roughshod over them. He has assembled a cornucopia of eye-opening facts and observations about all of this in his compelling new book “A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State”. Trust me, the more you read the more concerned you are going to be.
By Urania on June 11, 2013
In my small city of 100,000, in one year there were three incidences of SWAT assaults (all of them mistaken or obvious overkill) on the homes of citizens just like you and me. Apologies from the police? Never.
No one is safe in our current militarized, paranoid, “law and order” milieu. Whitehead is sounding an important clarion call and god help us if we as a society don’t respond.