Reviews August 2004 Americans Before the Fall By H.A. Scott Trask For those of us who love the Old Republic, a new book by David Hackett Fischer is a cause for celebration. His newest will not disappoint the high expectations created by his previous work. To read the full article, please sign in or create a free account to view Chronicles content for 30 days. H.A. Scott Trask H.A. Scott Trask is an independent historian from eastern Missouri.