Still the Best Hope: Why the World Needs American Values to Triumph

Still the Best Hope: Why the World Needs American Values to Triumph

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by Dennis Prager
     
 

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Dennis Prager contends that humanity confronts a monumental choice. The whole world must choose between American values and two oppositional alternatives: fundamentalist Islam and European-style democratic socialism. In this visionary book, Prager makes the case for the American values system as the most viable program ever devised to produce a good society.

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Dennis Prager contends that humanity confronts a monumental choice. The whole world must choose between American values and two oppositional alternatives: fundamentalist Islam and European-style democratic socialism. In this visionary book, Prager makes the case for the American values system as the most viable program ever devised to produce a good society.

Still the Best Hope deals with three major themes, each vital to America's future. The first is perhaps the most persuasive explanation for why Leftism has been and will always be a moral failure, despite its appeal to many people of goodwill. The second explains why fundamentalist Islam also cannot make a good society—though Prager holds out hope for an open and tolerant Islam. The third is a persuasive defense of what Prager calls the "American Trinity": liberty, values rooted in the Creator, and the melting-pot ideal.

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 the United States must vigorously export them.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The culture wars rage on in this vigorous right-wing polemic. Conservative talk-show host Prager (Nine Questions People Ask About Judaism) fires salvos at “Islamism,” the redoubt of terrorists, anti-Semites, and theocrats, but his focus is the ideological struggle between “Americanism”—defined as low taxes, small government, religion, and militarized patriotism—and “Leftism,” the big tent of everyone from Karl Marx to the Democratic Party. Short on substantive policy analysis, he relies on broad, biting sociocultural caricatures: conservatives value liberty, reason, moral standards, hard work, earned rewards, faith, self-reliance, and manliness; leftists value authority, emotionalism, moral relativism, sexual license, unearned welfare handouts, spurious equality, nihilism, victimhood, and effeminacy. Prager scores entertaining points against left-liberals’ excesses—overblown health crusades, moral hypocrisies, profane celebrities, avant-garde art installations—while tossing off conservative briefs on everything from affirmative action to global-warming denial. Unfortunately, he often succumbs to the same kind of exaggerations and inconsistencies that he attacks. (He condemns leftists for hysterically equating the Guantánamo Bay prison to the Soviet gulag, for example, then offers the banning of incandescent lightbulbs as a latter-day example of leftists’ “Totalitarian DNA.”) There’s juicy red meat here for Prager’s fans, but other readers may find it underdone. Agent: Richard Pine, Inkwell Management. (Apr.)
Library Journal
Heard on 120 stations nationwide, Prager plumps for American values—liberty, natural rights, and the melting-pot ideal of national unity—which he sets against four basic alternatives: Islamic totalitarianism, European-style democratic socialism, state-run capitalism (as in China), and chaos. Those who remember the controversy surrounding Prager's accusations regarding Muslim Congressman Keith Ellison will wonder about this book. With a 75,000-copy first printing.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061985126
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/24/2012
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
6.26(w) x 9.16(h) x 1.44(d)

Meet the Author

Dennis Prager is one of America's most respected radio talk show hosts. He has been broadcasting in Los Angeles since 1982 and became nationally syndicated in 1999. Widely sought after by television shows for his opinions, he's appeared on Larry King Live, Hardball, Hannity & Colmes, CBS Evening News, The Today Show and many others.

The Los Angeles Times said, "Dennis Prager is an amazingly gifted man and moralist whose mission in life has been crystallized: to get people obsessed with what's right and wrong." Dennis Prager's most recent book, Happiness Is a Serious Problem, became a Los Angeles Times best seller immediately upon publication.

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Still the Best Hope : Why the World Needs American Values to Triumph 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Pyrite More than 1 year ago
In spite of the review by the Publishers Weekly, people with an open mind who may feel that they are middle of the road pollitically should read this book. It has helped me, as an independant, understand some of the sweeping generalities I had felt that were fair but actually only enhance the slide to socialism in the US. Worth your time to read and think about. The review by the Libary Journal may not have read the book base on the alternatives they list in the review. Hopefully others who read the book, from either side of the issues will take the time and effort to objectively review the arguments put forward.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Clarity over agreement" (Dennis Prager's motto) about sums this book up. Most people do not know why they believe what they believe and yet, argue, debate and blast those with "opposing" views. Don't be a victim of indoctrination (on the left or the right). Read, research and do some critical thinking on your own. Don't let the media's "spin" be your information. This is one of the wisest, thoughtful, common sense books I have ever read. A MUST READ for anyone who is engaged in our community and future.
an-ethical-monotheist More than 1 year ago
I have been a big fan of Prager for 16-17 years, and I still find more to think about after reading this. I hope the people who need to read this the most will overcome their prejudice against Jews and American patriots long enough to be enlightened by the wisdom contained in this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Dennis Prager. This book captures exactly what this year's elections will be all about and why they are so important. We are deciding if the USA will become like Left wing Europe or if we will go back to the very principles that made this (flawed) country the best the world has ever seen. Dennis explains Leftism and Americanism (aka conservatism) very clearly and backs everything up with great examples.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well reasoned and written.
Sisterofrachel More than 1 year ago
I wonder if the people who gave this book low ratings even read the book or just have a knee-jerk reaction to anyone who is politically conservative. If they actually read the book they would know that it is a clear and thoughtful explanation of the important differences between Leftism and Americanism. He asserts that by holding dear the notions of Liberty, In God We Trust, and E Pluribus Unum we can still thrive as a nation. Those on the left who have an open mind will find it thought provoking and those on the right will find it reaffirming.
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MarketAndChurch More than 1 year ago
I think Dennis needs to devote an entire book to understanding the Left. His clarity on the issue is much needed. I bought the audiobook version of the book and I thought it was OKAY... I truly think that if Dennis took the time out to read his own book and charged 40 bucks for it, there would still be a long line of us willing to cough up the extra change for it. Only the voice of Dennis will suffice, because no one paints as clarifying a picture as Dennis. I intend to get this for my Kindle as well. I put him up there alongside the likes of David Berlinski(Science), Robert Kagan(ForeignPolicy), Thomas Sowell(Academics), Andrew Roberts(Historian), and he truly is one of the few clarifying voices of our day.
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MisterNeed More than 1 year ago
Anyone who cares about America and its future must read this book! Dennis Prager is one of the clearest thinkers and writers of our time. He has a gift of making complicated issues simple. Reading this book is better than getting a B.A. in Political Science from an Ivy League university.
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KenNewoften More than 1 year ago
Dennis Prager's clarity of thought is amazing.
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Kicks you in the balls and stuffs you in the trash and closes it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
5 Stars if you agree with Mr. Prager. 4 stars if you wanted know how the right thinks. Give it 3 stars for covering every topic you can imagine.. 2 stars for rediculous comparisons; and give 1 star if you are an "evil" Democrat or a "Leftist".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a really nice book! 1335358763796
LoydEskildson More than 1 year ago
The sooner we stop deluding ourselves that eg. America is a shining city on a hill, God's anointed people, and other fantasies, the better off we'll be. Those needing evidence to do so need only look at our world-leading government and trade deficits, inability to get along with much of the world's Muslim populations, world's highest (and economy-weakening) health care system, floundering K-12 education system, deteriorating and inadequate infrastructure, enormous funds wasted on military, Homeland Security, and government surveillance of our citizenry, having caused the recent world-wide 'Great Recession,' and our paralyzed, bought-and-paid-for government.