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Outline ReviewLook again at the title of this book: it's not a question, but a statement. "America is the greatest, freest, and most decent society in existence," writes Dinesh D'Souza. "American life as it is lived today [is] the best life that our world has to offer." There are those who hate it, or at least essential elements of it, from radical Islamists to the likes of Patrick Buchanan (on the right) and Jesse Jackson (on the left). But they are wrong to hate it, and D'Souza grapples with all of them in this engaging and compelling volume. D'Souza is the author of provocative books such as Illiberal Education and The End of Racism, plus the appreciative Ronald Reagan. This may be his most personal book, with parts written in the first person as the India-born D'Souza describes his encounter with the United States, first as an immigrant and now as a citizen. Foreign authors such as Alexis de Tocqueville and Gunnar Myrdal have offered some of the most penetrating assessments of America, and D'Souza clearly shares in this noble tradition. "I am constantly surprised by how much I hear racism talked about and how little I actually see it," he writes. What's So Great About America is also vintage D'Souza, full of feisty arguments and sharp humor. He is perhaps better at explaining why America's critics are wrong than explaining why America's celebrants are right, but he's very good at both. Written in the months following the September 11 terrorist strikes, this book should find a large and receptive audience. --John Miller
Defending America, Flaws and All-America is under attack as never before-not only from terrorists but also from those who provide a rationale for terrorism. Islamic terrorists declare America the Great Satan, many Europeans complain about America spreading its cultural wasteland, and even here in our own country America is under attack by both the political left and right. In his new book, What's So Great About America, Dinesh D'Souza proves the critics wrong and shows why America is still the greatest, freest, and most decent society in the world.
In the aftermath of the September 11 attacks on our country, D'Souza believes, a clear understanding of the moral basis of Western civilization is needed now more than ever. What's So Great About America offers a powerful defense for America and exposes the truth about who our enemies really are.
D'Souza challenges the widely held belief that the terrorists were cowards and lunatics. Rather, he says they were educated, deeply religious Muslims who gave up their own lives believing that Allah would reward them in heaven. In What's So Great About America, D'Souza examines how Islam has become an incubator of fanaticism and terrorism.
Many Americans are now asking, Why do they hate us? D'Souza tackles this question by examining what he considers the three basic currents of opposition to America's global influence: the European critique, the Asian critique, and the Islamic critique. D'Souza, who was raised in India, a country that was colonized by the West, understands firsthand the arguments for and against America. What's So Great About America presents a unique view-an immigrant's view of why America works.
D'Souza writes, "America is a new kind of society that produces a new kind of human being-confident, self-reliant, tolerant, generous, future-oriented-a vast improvement over the fatalistic and intolerant human beings that traditional societies have always produced, and Islamic societies produce now."
In What's So Great About America, D'Souza also takes on the critics here at home. He defends not an idealized America, but America as she really is. D'Souza reassures us that we will not be seeing the "death of the West" or the triumphs of multiculturalism anytime soon.
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