This is an excellent, easy to read book which examines our understanding of the events leading to 9/11 from the perspective of both the left and the right. D'Souza points out that the cultural left and the culture war we are fighting here in the U.S. is directly related to the events of 9/11. He offers strategies for winning the war on terror. Mr. D'Souza was raised in a Muslim culture and then became a citizen of the U.S., serving at a high leval in the Reagan administration. He brings a unique perspective to the events of 9/11 and their aftermath with an easy to read style. Both the right and the left have made some real mistakes in their assessment of the situation and D'Souza offers another approach. This is truely must read for anyone who is concerned about the future of the United States. His biography on Reagan is also and enjoyable read.
Publishers Weekly, 2006-11-27 Conservative pundit D'Souza (Illiberal Education) roots the blame for the 9/11 attacks in the left wing's "aggressive global campaign to undermine the traditional patriarchal family" in this mostly lucid but unconvincing argument. Pointing to Hillary Clinton, Britney Spears and Noam Chomsky, he decries those who have teamed up with Hollywood and the U.N. to foist an irreligious, sexually licentious, antifamily liberal culture-epitomized by Eve Ensler's play The Vagina Monologues and gay marriage initiatives-on a Muslim world that rightly reviles it. By deliberately attacking Islamic values, the left tacitly allies itself with al- Qaeda in its effort to defeat Bush's war on terror and thus discredit conservatism at home, he asserts. But D'Souza's claim that Islamic extremists are inflamed solely by America's music videos and feminists-not its U.S. bases in Saudi Arabia, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict or American support for Muslim dictators-is too single-minded. For example, he paints Abu Ghraib poster-girl Lynndie England as the personification of liberal sexual depravity, without acknowledging that the U.S. Army sent her to Iraq, not the left. Charging that liberals aid terrorists while sympathizing with the terrorists' culturally conservative worldview, D'Souza's critique of American cultural excess trips over its own inconsistencies. (Jan. 16) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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