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Posted June 13, 2011
Laborious to read and slightly outdated
Perhaps it was the fact that I read this book shortly after the death of Osama bin Laden, but I just couldn't get in to it. While I am definitely on the conservative side of the political spectrum, I found this book to be just laborious to wade through. It's not necessarily that I disagreed with everything that was being said, it's just that it was not very interesting to read. The book serves in many ways as an expose on liberal policies in regards to the War on Terror, but I can't say it contained anything I hadn't read or heard about before (if not in specifics at least in generalities). It was overly predictable in its content. Beginning to read it shortly after the death of Osama bin Laden very well could have tainted my view of it, since they spent a good deal of time talking about him and in my mind I was thinking, "This is outdated since the man is dead." I'll give it 1.5/5 stars over all.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted June 4, 2011
The Fight of Our Lives
The Fight of Our Lives is written by William Bennett and Seth Leibsohn. Its purpose is to help America win the fight against radical Islam. It addresses the problems of not knowing the enemy, calling radical Islam other names, and the need for a disire to win the war we are in. While the book did tell the truth, I think its' impact will be small. Most people who would buy this book all ready agree with the authors' point of view. The book held my attention for the most part but I kept thinking that the authors' plan for victory will never occur. He wants Islam to be reformed. And America to have more national pride in itself. The reformation of Islam is a crazy idea in my opinion. And even if there was an Islamic reformation, the radical Muslims will not follow the new teachings. More national pride would be nice, but when the leader of the free world bows down to a foreign king what reason do we have to have pride in our country. If our leader tells the world how bad America is why should the teachers our our school childern be expected to do any different. In the end the book was worth reading and I would let my friends read it also. But unless you are undecided in were you stand on the issue of radical Islam don't bother to buy this book. I mean no offence Mr. Bennett and Mr. Leibsohn. I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 30, 2011
The title promises more than the book delivers
I received a review copy of The Fight of Our Lives from Booksneeze and I must say, I was not very impressed.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
While there is much to praise this book for, I am afraid that if the author's intent is to do more than throw red meat to an audience that is already convinced that Islam poses a threat to the world they have missed their mark.
I am by no means a fan of Obama but I cringed when the authors took the position that his administration had done nothing to aid the Iranian protests in 2009. The fact of the state department requesting social media sites like twitter to keep their servers up was never mentioned. And the author's take on the "Ground Zero Mosque" crossed the line into a call for blatent and unfair discrimination.
While they did acknowledge that the Ground Zero Mosque could be built legally (pg. 51), they later seem to cross themselves by stating: "In any event, the lawful governments of New York City and the United States permitted the building of that mosque while public opinion in America opposed it." -pg 133
However even if we set the civil liberties issue aside for a moment, the book still comes up short when it comes to the author's analysis of Islam as an ideology and politically.
The Koran is never quoted and the founder, Mohammad, is never mentioned. Instead we are given a chapter where the authors call for a reformation in Islam. What? A call for reformation only works if there is something to reform and a basis for that reform in the first place. It seems the authors fall into the same trap of considering Islam a reformable religion of peace they rightly accuse both Bush and Obama of.
And Islam's history in countries other than the US or countries the US is directly involved in military action with and against are never mentioned. A much better case could have been made for the reality of the threat Islam poses if the authors had branched out a bit more. Instead the author's failure to address Islam's history make the book appear rather myopic in it's scope.
Overall I wouldn't recommended this book. For those who already agree with the authors it is simply a waste of time and for those who don't it is unlikely to provide a persuasive and nuanced argument.
So while the book may be bold, and while the subject matter may desperately need to be addressed, I don't think this book lives up to its title.
Posted April 24, 2011
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