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Overview Offers examples of the qualities that make America a deserved leader of the Western world, as well as a target for criticism and terrorism, and refutes four major critiques.
With What's So Great About America, Dinesh D'Souza is not asking a question, but making a statement. The former White House policy analyst and bestselling author argues that in the aftermath of September 11, 2001, American ideals and patriotism should not be things we shy away from. Instead he offers the grounds for a solid, well-considered pride in the Western pillars of "science, democracy and capitalism," while deconstructing arguments from both the political Left and political Right. As an "outsider" from India who has had amazing success in the United States, D'Souza defends not an idealized America, but America as it really is, and measures America not against an utopian ideal, but against the rest of the world in a provocative, challenging, and personal book.
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Studio: Penguin (Non-Classics)
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 5" Height: 7.75" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date May 27, 2003
Publisher Penguin Group USA
ISBN 0142003018 ISBN13 9780142003015 UPC 051488015000
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More About Dinesh D'Souza
DINESH D'SOUZA, the Rishwain Research Scholar at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, is the author of several bestselling books, including Illiberal Education, The Virtue of Prosperity, and What's So Great About America. He lives in Washington, D.C, and San Diego, California.
Dinesh D'Souza currently resides in Washington, in the state of District Of Columbia. Dinesh D'Souza was born in 1961.
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Always something to learn Mar 30, 2008
Very interesting to get another person's point of view; especially someone who is very intelligent. What I remember most (I read it a few months ago) was that the 'American poor' is many steps up from typical Third World living. Puts things in perspective a bit.
Aught to be required reading Feb 22, 2008
This book is a unique opportunity for a person to view America thru the eyes of an intelligent perceptive man that was born in India but lived in America for the last 35 years while working for the White House as a policy adviser and currently has a high position in a Washington think tank. He was raised in a culture alongside Muslims and Hindus and has a unique perspective of America's role in a turbulent dogmatic world. This permits you to see how and why European and Islamic cultures see America as they really do and permits you to understand more deeply the meaning of today's international headlines. I sent it to a German friend for his take on the book.
Every person in the world should read this book. Jan 13, 2008
This honest review of America as written by an author born in India should give everyone a better understanding how we as Americans try to share our values, wealth, strengths, and blessings for a better world.
Clears the cobwebs of "Multiculturalism" from your head Dec 11, 2007
Lucidly and thoroughly exposes the myth of multiculturalism as exactly what it is: a western construct arising from the delusional minds of idealists with no basis in history, reality, or fact. This very un-PC book is one of the best at demolishing, one by one, all of the false notions upon which the self-hatred of the west has been drilled into us by the remnants of the socialist leftist elites. From exposing slavery, colonialism, and exploitation as part and parcel of ALL civilizations before the rise of the west rather than uniquely western (as is held by PC/MC advocates), to demonstrating the unique value westernization has brought to most of those exposed to it, it brings back and reminds us of why we should love, defend and cherish what we have created. This book should be required reading for all our children, and all our politicians. It will give you all the ammunition you need to defend against every attack by the PC/MC elites. Our culture is unique and exceptional, and while not perfect, it is far, far, far superior to anything else that came before. And here are all the reasons for loving it and defending it; perhaps even be willing to die for it.
No Apologies Necessary Dec 6, 2007
Dinesh D'Souza, who immigrated to America from India, has had great success in this country. He is both a bestselling author and a former White House policy analyst and he wants to tell the world exactly What's So Great About America. And please note that there is no question mark at the end of his book's title.
If Dinesh D'Souza or his publisher were concerned with being politically correct, this book would never have seen the light of day. D'Souza is not interested in defending an idealized version of America. Rather, he describes the real America, both the good and the bad, and reminds American citizens that they should be proud of themselves and their country despite the peevish criticism that the United States receives from others who blame them and their country for everything that goes wrong in the world. Not surprisingly, America's harsh critics conveniently only tell one side of the story and never give the United States credit for any of the good things that happen around the world.
Fair warning: what follows makes no attempt at being politically correct. It is D'Souza's blunt criticism of the "blame America first" crowd, and the Muslim world, in particular.
D'Souza makes four main points in What's So Great About America: 1. Much of the world hates the United States and her citizens.
2. There is really not much that America can do about being hated because it comes with the territory.
3. Modern American and Western society truly is the best that the world has to offer.
4. Islamic society is striking out at the West in order to mask its own humiliating failures.
The "blame America first" bunch, according to D'Souza is made up of three elements: leftist intellectuals largely located in Europe and the Third World, American multiculturalists who want us to believe that all cultures are equal, and Islamic fundamentalists. He contends that criticism from the intellectuals is largely a result of childish jealousy resulting from the fact that Europe's power and influence is a shadow of what it was a few decades ago. The unhappiness of Third World intellectuals is even more easily explained by the observation that, if they admitted how good America really is, they would at the same time be forced to also admit how bad their own countries are.
American multiculturalists are another story. Their multiculturalism is largely based on simple anti-Americanism and a desire to apologize to the rest of the world for all that America does today or has ever done in the past. In their view, all cultures are equal, regardless of the fact that some primitive societies have accomplished little or nothing even up to the present day and others, such as Islamic society, have taken a giant step backward in the last three centuries.
In D'Souza's view, it is Islamic fundamentalists who have the most legitimate reason for hating America because America is a strong threat to the Islamic world. But this threat does not come from either the American military or from America's solid support for Israel. It is the very idea of what America stands for that is such a threat to the Islamic way of life. The American way of life is one in which each citizen is free to shape his own life in ways that are entirely inner-directed and in which the government has no say. This concept is likely to win the hearts and minds of Muslims exposed to it and that threatens not only those in charge of Islamic society but the very sacredness of the Muslim home. Radical Islam sees this as the greatest threat that the Muslim world has faced since the days of Mohamed himself.
For that reason, Islamic fundamentalist leadership wants to stop the spread of American ideals at any cost but, even if America agreed to cooperate with them, we do not have the power necessary to keep our ideals and our culture from crossing the borders of the Muslim world. We live in an age in which the flow of information, thanks largely to television, movies and the internet, takes on a life of its own. That flow is simply unstoppable.
Muslim fundamentalists recognize that nothing about their culture appeals to outsiders and that it has no chance of expanding outside its given region. In fact, as D'Souza points out, the opposite is happening and it is the West that is making inroads into Muslim society. They know, too, that they have no real chance to conquer the West and bin Laden-style terrorism is a desperate attempt to strike out at a culture they both loathe and greatly fear. Unfortunately for both sides, this means that the West will have to continue to respond with force as long as radical Islam insists that death and destruction are to be its only exports other than an ever diminishing supply of crude oil.
Those who have grown weary of an endless repetition of the same short list of what is so wrong about America will welcome D'Souza's analysis of, and counterargument to, the main points thrown out most often by America's harshest critics. At the very least, this book will arm those who love this country with a framework for defending it and for regaining the pride that Americans should feel for how truly great a country America really is.