In this visionary book, Dennis Prager, one of America's most original thinkers, contends that humanity confronts a monumental choice. The whole world must decide between American values and its two oppositional alternatives: Islamism and European-style democratic socialism.
Prager - a bestselling author, columnist, and nationally syndicated radio talk show host who is read and heard by millions of people in America and abroad - makes the case for the American value system as the most viable program ever devised to produce a good society. Those values are explained here more clearly and persuasively than ever before.
Still the Best Hope deals with three huge themes: The first is perhaps the most persuasive explanation for why Leftism has been and will always be a moral failure, despite its acknowledged appeal to many people of goodwill. The second explains why fundamentalist Islam, despite its historic and growing appeal, cannot make a good society. But Prager holds out hope for an open and tolerant Islam and explains why it will emerge from faithful American Muslims. The third is a singularly persuasive defense and explanation of what Prager calls the "American Trinity": liberty, values rooted in the Creator, and the melting-pot ideal. These values are inscribed on every American coin as "Liberty," "In God We Trust," and "E Pluribus Unum," and they are the reasons for America's greatness. Without them, America will cease to be an exceptional nation, and therefore cease to be America.
Prager shows why these values can and must be adopted by every nation and culture in the world, why Americans must relearn and recommit to these values, and why America must vigorously export them. For if the world does not adopt American values, the result will be chaos and barbarism on an unprecedented scale.
©2012 Dennis Prager (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers
Due to the books significance in both content & research I purchsed the book after I listened to the audio. This book is reference material I will keep returning to.
Melanie Phillip's "A World Turned Upside Down." both books identify Islam & the Left as a religion and a threat to the survival of America and The West, however Melanie comes to the same conclusions from a different angle. She sees the Left's dogma as anti-enlightenment & she does not come to American values as the solution as does Dennis. Both books are outstanding & must reads in order to understand the great forces destroying Western values & The West.
Why the West needs American values in order for liberty to prevail
This book would have been perfect if Dennis read it himself.
This was a view into why the Left and Muslim Extremist and why they believe as they do. It is enlightening to me to understand why good people on all sides of the political aisle view the world as they do.
Of course, it is an elegant, insightful and thoroughly researched masterpiece on the most important issues of life. You can't go through it just once, it's meant to be long lasting.
The most accurate definition of Leftism ever given.
How to improve the world, one good person at a time
If I had to recommend just one book about politics, values and how the world works, I'd recommend this one.
Prager's gift for clarity makes heavy and complicated topics surprisingly easy to read and understand.
Most people coast through life without giving much thought to issues of this book, if they all read it, none of them will ever be the same.
This is an eye opener like non other, backed with 400 footnotes, it's the Best Hope to create informed citizenry and improve the world, one good person at a time.
yes-lot of info, facts to absorb
Human beings, left to their own devices,without sound moral consensus or faith based foundations,at the very least a higher power, become creatures of immense capacity for self-indulgence,reduced creativity,and loss of uniqueness intended for mankind as part of the purpose and hope in Creation.
Easy to get lost reading a long book-audio narrative kept my interest.
Wanted to get to finish, but needed breaks to process info.
Listened to on car trip-stll found engrossing.
Mr Prager has written the strongest and most compelling argument for Conservative American Exceptionalism written in this century. It should be considered mandatory reading for all who consider the United States as home!
This is really important stuff and I hated to write a 2 star review. It's just that I get bored out of my mind everytime I try to listen to this audiobook. IMHO, I think this material and the way it's written would be better received via written format. This review is by no means an indictment of the material, just the way it's presented in audiobook format. I would enjoy the audiobook much more if the narrator would speed up the tempo. BUT buy the book!!! since this material is critically important in understanding the political Left, how pervasive their influence is, and how much damage they have been able to inflict upon our citizens and the Republic. Time remaining is very short to undo the damage done by the Left. We are truely living in perilous times. I worry for the children that will inherit our mess!
Dennis's insights regarding why the Left supports the most radical, God centered religion on Earth while denegraging Christianity which is much more subdued by comparison.
Fine voice but tempo is too slow for my likes.
Dennis observes and explains the political and ideological divides in today's American society with clarity and conciseness without any ad hominem attacks or offensive language at all. He is diligent to appeal to reason and logic with a clear understanding that both sides of an ideology have a deep love for America, and often for each other, especially within families such as his own. He examines the intentions and the results of those intentions from a mature and experienced, end-to-end viewpoint. A very thorough, well thought out, evenhanded, fair and balanced discussion about timeless truths and the character of human kind that reinforces America's founding father's reasons for the construction of a miraculous government of check and balances. Dennis focuses a lot of attention on understanding the difference between good and evil and the need to acknowledge this eternal truth.
Clarification of the difference between goodness and innocence when discribing children and humans in general.
America's great divide
Well worth the time for developement of understanding the world's ideologies today.
Dennis is so articulate, so thoughtful and so clear. I recently moved from Seattle to Prescott Arizona and wanted to get some idea of what my new conservative friends believe. They introduced me to the authors radio show and web site which were helpful but I wanted to dig deeper. So glad I bought this book. Whether you agree or not with his propositions it's a great read and a nice primer for anyone wondering what conservatives are all about.
I truly enjoyed Dennis' insight and learned a lot. He has a very fundamental and pragmatic approach to laying out his explanations of the culture of both the left and the right. My only complaint is that sometimes it was difficult to keep up with everything in an audio format vs printed text.
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