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The Fight of Our Lives: Knowing the Enemy, Speaking the Truth, and Choosing to Win the War Against Radical Islam
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The Fight of Our Lives: Knowing the Enemy, Speaking the Truth, and Choosing to Win the War Against Radical Islam

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by William J. Bennett, Seth Leibsohn (With)

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Refocus on the fight.

Ten years ago, when radical Islamist terrorists used three U.S. airplanes to kill nearly three thousand of our countrymen, America was angry. It was a focused and justified anger—one that generated clear objectives and a willingness to meet them. But that resolve has deteriorated so much that many of our nation’s top political


Refocus on the fight.

Ten years ago, when radical Islamist terrorists used three U.S. airplanes to kill nearly three thousand of our countrymen, America was angry. It was a focused and justified anger—one that generated clear objectives and a willingness to meet them. But that resolve has deteriorated so much that many of our nation’s top political and military leaders will scarcely utter the word that brought us here, “terrorism,” let alone the ideology that fuels it, “radical Islam.”

In The Fight of Our Lives, William J. Bennett and Seth Leibsohn examine the devolution of America’s post-9/11 tenacity and how this country’s well-meaning culture of religious tolerance, coupled with soft and apologetic political leadership, has placed us squarely in the pocket of radical Islamists who have made clear their intention to obliterate everything we value.

America’s devotion to political correctness has crippled its ability to accurately interpret and respond to the motives of its fiercest enemies. Unless we change course and re-engage the fight, the costs of our tolerance will prove tragic and immeasurable.

The Fight of Our Lives helps readers refocus, to reframe and understand the threats we face.

By surveying and explaining the current scene, Bennett and Leibsohn point the way to a future in which our enemies are properly acknowledged and firmly opposed.

“Crucial,” “Timely,” “Brave”—Advanced Praise for The Fight of Our Lives

“An important book. Many have forgotten the mortal threat to America that is radical Islam. Bennett and Leibsohn explain why we must wake up and what we need to do.” ?Mark Levin, nationally syndicated radio talk-show host and author of Liberty and Tyranny

“This bold and readable book makes a powerful, if controversial, case against appeasing terrorists and those who support them—and in favor of a strong cultural commitment to defeat an enemy bent on our destruction. You may disagree, as I do, with some of its points, but you ignore its central conclusions at your, and our, peril.” ?Alan Dershowitz, Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, Harvard University, and author of Trials Of Zion

“Bill Bennett has been a brilliant sentry in our nation’s cultural life. In this luminous and spirited book, he and co-author Seth Leibsohn sound the alarm on behalf of us all. America can prevail in its struggle against radical Islamism, and they show us exactly how. A book for this moment, written with poise and passion, and suffused with love of country.” ?Fouad Ajami, Johns Hopkins University professor and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution

“Bennett and Leibsohn follow Admiral Nelson’s strategy?“Go right at ’em”?right at both our deadly enemy, radical Islam, and its apologists, and especially right at our own politically correct, self-neutered establishment. A wise, timely, and brave book.” ?R. James Woolsey, former director of Central Intelligence and head of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency

“We are living, as Bennett and Leibsohn say, in ‘the Gelded Age,’ but we won't be living there for long because the forces of radical Islam have not paused in their drive to defeat the West. The Fight of Our Lives rouses the sleepy and the weary. It’s the crucial book of the year.” ?Hugh Hewitt, nationally syndicated radio talk-show host and author of The War Against the West

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Knowing the Enemy, Speaking the Truth & Choosing to Win the War Against Radical Islam
By William J. Bennett Seth Leibsohn

Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2011 William J. Bennett and Seth Leibsohn
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ISBN: 978-1-59555-029-3

Chapter One

Fort Hood and the Crisis of Will

In the early morning of November 5, 2009, U.S. Army major Dr. Nidal Hasan left his apartment in Killeen, Texas, to attend morning prayers at his mosque. Several hours later, he walked into the Soldier Readiness Center at Fort Hood, he sat down, he bowed his head, and then he stood up and shot and killed thirteen of his fellow Americans, plus an unborn child—fourteen in all. He wounded thirty more, emptying some hundred rounds into his victims. As he fired, he shouted, "Allahu Akbar [Allah is Great]!"

This, the second-worst terrorist attack on America in eight years, took place at a medical facility—at a U.S. Army fort—in the middle of Texas. If September 11 were not a strong enough wakeup call to the terrorist threat against us, if all the other attacks and attempted attacks failed to rouse us, then surely this attack should have jarred us to attention once and for all: there is no such thing as a safe place from Islamic terror, not abroad, and not anywhere in America.

How did it happen? How did we get here, eight years after September 11, 2001?


After September 11 there was little doubt in any quarter, here or abroad, that the United States would go to war. After all, that beautiful fall day almost ten years ago ended with the deaths of more than 2,900 people, a greater number than were killed by the Japanese in their surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941—the attack that led to America entering World War II.

One day after Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Roosevelt told a joint session of Congress, and the American people, "No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory. I believe I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost, but will make very certain that this form of treachery shall never endanger us again." We knew we were at war that December day in 1941, just as we knew we would be at war after the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Almost immediately, "Let's roll" became our call to arms.

But now, ten years on, the lead instigators of the 9/11 attacks remain at large while the United States of America appears unsure, uncertain, full of self-doubt about the continued prosecution of this war. And how to treat the perpetrators we did catch. And what to call the war we are in—if we are indeed in a war, which at present seems open to question.

In the clearing smoke of 9/11, almost none of this could have been predicted. Almost. Most Americans assumed we would make short work of Afghanistan and then strengthen our domestic vulnerabilities while closing sleeper cells and targeting terrorists around the world, if not terrorist regimes. There were places where that assumption did not hold, for example, on our nation's college campuses and in certain other quarters of the intelligentsia. Seeing the need there, we started Americans for Victory over Terrorism with former CIA director James Woolsey and others, including Charles Krauthammer, Jerry Bremer, and Walid Phares. We hoped to build the case for war and fortify public opinion. At the time political leadership seemed resolute enough, but if the public followed the intelligentsia—and the further away from the tragic events of 9/11, the greater that likelihood—the political leadership would eventually crumble.

That is, of course, what happened.


In early 2002, as our men and women were fighting in Afghanistan, polling for support of that effort showed public support exceeded 90 percent. Fast-forward to the present. As of this writing, the latest polling reveals support for our Afghani efforts to be the minority position; some 58 percent of Americans oppose the war.

As the polls have changed over any number of responses to terrorism, the political leadership has crumbled. The position of the Obama administration is hopelessly confused and confusing. There is little certainty about the immediate tactical issues raised by the president's proposed withdrawal timetable and even less about the many larger strategic issues that transcend this particular conflict. Other terrorist groups and states have their sights trained on America, but from high to low this concern is downplayed while those groups and states are appeased.

The administration did not birth this confused and confusing view. One must be honest and admit that the doubts and self-doubts about America, her role in the world, and her vulnerability to it, have been building for some time. Americans for Victory over Terrorism—as with so many similar organizations and efforts—has, thus far, not succeeded. While we believe we are in the fight of our lives right now, the fight for our very survival, the fight for Western democracy, there is grave doubt as to whether the American leadership believes it.

There is a symbiotic relationship between the governors and the governed in a democracy; the American people voted in the current administration. But we don't believe that the electorate voted for military and national security surrender, not as such. Our concern is that, as things are trending, the next vote could very well be for such surrender —that is, if the present ethic of dismissal and appeasement continues. And with an enemy made bold by our dismissal and appeasement, the chances of another attack on the United States do nothing but increase.

Institutions we thought invulnerable to softheadedness in war, such as the U.S. military, are already causing concern. It is difficult to say why, whether the leadership actually believes that dismissal and appeasement will work or whether it is merely trying to cope with the softheadedness of the political leadership in America. General George Casey's comments after the Fort Hood slaughter—"Our diversity, not only in our army, but in our country, is a strength. And as horrific as this tragedy was, if our diversity becomes a casualty, I think that's worse"—as well as many of the events leading up to the slaughter, are as emblematic as they are frightening.

To understand the danger we are in, we must revisit the nightmare of Nidal Hasan. We know much about Hasan and his kind of devotion today. To our shame, much was also known before the shooting. But it was consistently swept under the rug as eyes and ears were averted.


Born in Virginia to Palestinian parents, Nidal Hasan was educated in Roanoke and joined the army right after graduating from public high school. The army paid for his college degree at Virginia Tech and then medical school at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He was trained as a psychiatrist, and from his medical school graduation in 1997 until his transfer to Fort Hood in 2009, he worked at Walter Reed. Along the way he was promoted to the rank of major. He never served abroad. He was known by his peers to be a devout Muslim.

While he was at Walter Reed, Hasan began to speak out against the war on terror then waged in Afghanistan and Iraq. Reports indicate that he worried about being deployed, but more than fear motivated Hasan. His allegiance to Islam sparked his resistance. Following the massacre the New York Times reported:

A former classmate in the master's degree program said Major Hasan gave a PowerPoint presentation about a year ago in an environmental health seminar titled "Why the War on Terror Is a War on Islam." He did not socialize with his classmates, other than to argue in the hallways on why the wars were wrong.... [S]ome students complained to their professors about Major Hasan, but [a fellow graduate said] that no action had been taken.

What of the PowerPoint he delivered to fellow officers and students? As the Washington Post described the event, Hasan "was supposed to discuss a medical topic during a presentation to senior [a]rmy doctors in June 2007. Instead, he lectured on Islam, suicide bombers and threats the military could encounter from Muslims conflicted about fighting wars in Muslim countries."

That presentation provides a window into the events of November 9. Hasan defined the word Islam not—as many now do—as synonymous with or a derivative of "peace," but correctly, as "submission." The PowerPoint continued for several slides with statements from Hasan such as, "It's getting harder and harder for Muslims in the service to morally justify being in a military that seems constantly engaged against fellow Muslims," and quotes from the Quran, such as, "And whoever kills a believer intentionally, his punishment is hell; he shall abide in it, and Allah will send his wrath on him and curse him and prepare for him a painful chastisement."

The presentation contained several other quotes from the Quran as well, including many that he labeled as "Punishment Verses," such as, "Surely, those who disbelieve in our Ayat [verses, signs, etc.], we shall burn them in Fire. As often as their skins are roasted through, we shall change them for other skins that they may taste the punishment." His PowerPoint concluded with a quote from Osama bin Laden: "We love death more than you love life."

Hasan's behavior at Walter Reed did not go unnoticed, and several of his colleagues at Walter Reed became concerned. A group of fellow physicians met in 2008 to answer whether they thought Hasan might be psychotic. "Everybody felt that if you were deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan, you would not want Nidal Hasan in your foxhole," said one staffer at Walter Reed familiar with those meetings.

Another Walter Reed report emerged shortly after the shooting, revealing that "fellow students and faculty were deeply troubled by Hasan's behavior," which they described as "disconnected, aloof, paranoid, belligerent, and schizoid." If those descriptions were not troubling enough, Hasan publicly expressed and shared what the report calls "extremist Islamic views." He was hardly a person you would want as a psychiatrist, even less so as an officer in the military. But Hasan was not disciplined, and no action was taken— except to transfer him to Fort Hood.


Hasan did no better at holding his tongue when he arrived at Fort Hood. His record there includes telling his medical supervisor that "she was an infidel who would be 'ripped to shreds' and 'burn in hell' because she was not Muslim."

Hasan attended a mosque in Killeen, Texas, where he was befriended by and counseled a young Muslim convert who was fascinated with and spoke on behalf of violent jihad. After the massacre, that same convert told the press that he could not condemn what Hasan did. "In the Koran, it says you are not supposed to have alliances with Jews or Christians," he said, "and if you are killed in the military fighting against Muslims, you will go to hell."

If sirens weren't screaming with all this, there was more. Hasan made personal business cards. They mentioned no affiliation with the United States military, but underneath his name on the cards, he listed his affiliation—his profession—as "SOA," or "Soldier of Allah," an acronym frequently used on jihadist Web sites, sites on which he was a regular visitor. And finally, Hasan was in frequent e-mail contact with Anwar al-Awlaki, a radical Muslim cleric who had already been implicated in at least two other terrorist attempts in America and had since fled to Yemen.

We need to pause to explain just who Anwar al-Awlaki is. Aside from having long ties to Hasan, whom al-Awlaki called a "hero" after the Fort Hood rampage, the American-born cleric also led mosques in San Diego and Virginia where three of the September 11, 2001, hijackers frequented and prayed. Amazingly at one point, just after 9/11, he was a "go-to" Muslim cleric for many in the media. Searching the news from the months following 9/11 reveals several interviews with al-Awlaki, someone the press considered moderate and reasonable. Al-Awlaki spoke variously about the attacks, against the terrorists, and about the need for justice. It should be noted that he also criticized the U.S. position on Israel and talked about the difficulty Muslims in America had in being loyal to the United States given the deaths of Muslims in Afghanistan.

Not that he had any intention of being loyal himself.

Al-Awlaki has been implicated in several terrorist attacks in the United States before Fort Hood and several others since, including the attempted bombing of a Northwest Airlines flight over Detroit on Christmas Day in 2009. The FBI was aware of, and concerned with, some of his activities and interviewed the cleric on several occasions prior to his fleeing, though nothing more was done, providing him opportunity to flee. Al-Awlaki is now on both the lam and the National Security Agency's "capture or kill" list.

That al-Awlaki could be taken seriously by the media in the days and weeks after September 11, 2001, is a great irony today, but less difficult to explain than the fact that he could be interviewed several times by the FBI and let go unmonitored, and that he could be seen as a mainstream Muslim leader in America for so long.

And all of this is just a little less disturbing than the fact that once he was known as a terrorist leader, he could engage in multiple overseas e-mails with a Muslim officer in the U.S. military with seeming impunity and little investigation of that officer, even knowing of that officer's odd views (to say the least) about America and Islam. For all the Sturm und Drang about the violations of civil liberties of Muslims in America—or the monitoring of overseas conversations by the NSA—Muslims in America enjoy and enjoyed civil liberties like nowhere else. And there seems to be no better proof of Supreme Court justice Robert Jackson's worry that our Bill of Rights not become a suicide pact.

Despite the many red, glaring, and electrified warning signs, Hasan perpetrated the Fort Hood attack, and no one stopped it until it was too late.


Few of Hasan's relevant activities or statements were hidden events or private conversations; almost all of them were in the open. Indeed, short of calling a radio show or taking a megaphone to the top of Walter Reed, these statements were as public as Hasan could possibly make them. And yet, even after the massacre, his motives remain a strange curiosity at the highest levels of government. Even today.

On the Sunday following the attack, army chief of staff General George Casey was asked by Meet the Press host David Gregory about the possible "backlash against our Muslim soldiers, who are in the [a]rmy." Said Casey in response, "Our diversity, not only in our army, but in our country, is a strength. And as horrific as this tragedy was, if our diversity becomes a casualty, I think that's worse." Loss of diversity is worse than a horrific slaughter—the deliberate killing of fourteen innocents—according to an American four-star general, the army chief of staff, no less.

For years, many conservatives, and indeed many liberals, have been concerned about academic notions of diversity, particularly the political and social assumptions the word has been made to carry. In education admissions, as in corporate hiring, the term has come to stand for a crude notion of sampling—to admit or hire people from races or gender other than white and male.

To be sure, a goal to achieve a mixed education system and workforce in a multicultural and multinational America makes its own sense, despite appropriate complaints and questions about how we achieve such a goal. But here, the head of the army had taken this liberal notion, applied it to the military, to American safety and national security, and then elevated it above the very purpose of the military. Worse, the army chief of staff put diversity on a higher moral plane than innocent life—something we doubt even most college admission counselors or corporate human resource officers would do.


Excerpted from THE FIGHT OF OUR LIVES by William J. Bennett Seth Leibsohn Copyright © 2011 by William J. Bennett and Seth Leibsohn. Excerpted by permission of Thomas Nelson. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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Meet the Author

Dr. William J. Bennett is one of America’s most influential and respected voices on cultural, political, and educational issues. Host of the top-ten nationally syndicated radio shows, “Bill Bennett’s Morning in America,” he is also the Distinguished Fellow of the American Strategy Group. He is the author and editor of more than twenty-five books, and lives near Washington, DC.

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EdenE More than 1 year ago
Every now and then you come across a book whose message you feel is so important you wish you could buy cases of its volumes and pass them out on street corners. The Fight Of Our Lives was, for me, one of those books. Using the response to Nidal Hasan's massacre of his fellow soldiers at Fort Hood in 2009 as a starting point, authors William J. Bennett and Seth Leibsohn make the case that America has, in her zeal for political correctness, rolled over and submitted to a dangerous enemy by a refusal to define exactly who that enemy is. With an overwhelming repugnance to label terrorism for what it is and discussing how Islam feeds it, we have, as a country, given those who would see our end free reign. The authors also include an excellent chapter that does a great job of differentiating between violence committed in the name of Judaism and Christianity, and violence done in the name of Islam, a much needed explanation in our times. The Fight Of Our Lives is a call to the honest observance of events taking place around us, and an encouragement to regain our country's backbone that guarantees freedom for all but does not suffer violence against it. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It is not long (one hundred fifty pages), but its message is acute. The Fight Of Our Lives has the potential to be an important read for Americans of all faiths, as well as those with none. I received a free copy of this book from BookSneeze®.com in exchange for my honest review.
MSaff More than 1 year ago
I like to take this opportunity to thank Book Sneeze/Thomas Nelson, for the opportunity to read and review "The Fight of our Lives", by William J. Bennett. This politically based book shows us just how fragile our lives became as a result of 9/11 and how we, if we listen and watch, can change the way in which things appear to be going. As the cover indicates, this book also explains the by knowing the enemy, and be speaking the truth, we can choose to win the War against Radical Islam. Bennett takes the reader through the various events that have been shaping the way we think, and the way we look at our lives since 9/11. As you read through the variety of sections of this book you will be faced with facts and actions that need to be taken in order to keep our county and lives safe. We are truly in the middle of "The Fight for our Lives", and only through decisive actions both on our governments part and well as ours can we win this war. Bennett looks at The Fort Hood incident where there were many hints if not out right red flags which could have been as well as should have been actions taken in order to prevent the slaughter of many Americans. Secondly there is a section on just How we got where we are today. There are more sections to this eye opening book if only we take the hard look. Could the Fort Hood tragedy been avoided? I believe it could have been, but as the reader of this wonderful book, can you make your own decisions. "The Fight of our Lives", should be made a part of any library and I think that every American should read this book. You will be surprised at the things that you will learn by reading "The Fight of our Lives". Thank you Mr. William J. Bennett for providing a catalyst for change in direction.
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junnelaranas More than 1 year ago
"We loved death more than you love life!" That line struck me right there, whats on their mind going on? "Fight Of Our Lives" is a book written to wake up the world to the dangers of Radical Islam. I'm not anti-muslim but, anti-Muslim sentiment might have peaked, there were six times as many incidents of bias against Jews, as there were against Muslims. As William J. Bennett and Seth Leibsohn show, what needs to happen to be sure this never happens again. And its happening now! What the'ye gonna killed for just a video? I understand them but killing is not a solution, violation is not a solution only way we'll escape their eventual fate is to be informed and this book does an excellent job of doing just that. This is not a book intended to detail every mistake, error, and lapse of judgment for radical Islam. Read this and be ready for the fight of our lives!
pearlSN More than 1 year ago
The Fight of Our Lives by William Bennett and Seth Leibsohn This book by Bennett and Leibsohn chronicles the 10 year period between September 11, 2001 and now. It shows what has happened, what could happen, and what needs to happen to be sure this never happens again. I read this book before the 10 year anniversary of September 11 and, having read it prior, it really affected the viewing of the news and recap of that terrible time. Bennett, as always sucinct when he believes strongly in a subject, makes it clear the urgency he feels when dealing with this region. I thought it gave understandable descriptions of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and what history calls for us to do in the present. I read this book for Book Sneeze in exchange for the book, and the opinions are all mine
tiastasia More than 1 year ago
The Fight of Our Lives by William Bennett and Seth Leibsohn is an amazingly informative book on the war that radical Islam has declared on America and western nations. Bennett endeavors to reveal not only failures that we as America have had in the war against terror, but our many victories as well. He does this in his usual, detailed yet easy-to-read format. Avoiding much political verbiage, Bennett invites the reader into the horrific war of Islam against Christianity. Much criticism is focused on President Obama and the current administration as well as past administrations. Although this is truly not my sort of read, I did find the many illustrations and stories quite enlightening and informative in ways I never though imaginable. I have always loved Bennett's writing style, and he outdoes himself in this book. This is an excellent and informative read with a sound Christian emphasis. If looking to expand horizons and knowledge about what is happening throughout the world in regards to the war on terror and Islam's fight against Christianity, this is a definite must-read. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishing through the Booksneeze book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am enclosing this in accordance with the FTC's 16CFR, Part 255"Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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AuntieMsUniverse More than 1 year ago
The title of this book The Fight of Our Lives Knowing the Enemy,Speaking the Truth & Choosing to Win the War Against Radical Islam is a bit misleading. I had high hopes for this book that was somehow mistakenly placed in the Christian book section. I say mistakenly because first of all Scripture is only used a couple of times in this book and that is only because quotes from Lincoln and Washington happened to contain them. Secondly, the authors seem to have no understanding of who the real enemy is and while they may want you to choose to win the war against Radical Islam they never actually get around to helping the reader truly discover how to do that. Anyone can point out what's wrong but only the truly wise can help you know how to change it. The authors seem conflicted or confused when they change their stance from all Islam is bad and is not a religion of peace in any aspect to a stance that says their is such a thing as moderate Islam and Muslims and that those Muslims need to stand up and reform their religion yet they never addressed their change in their view of Islam. It was as if halfway through the writing of this book they changed their minds but didn't have time to go back and rewrite the first half of the book. Nor did they educate the readers on their change of view or what sparked it. I found it confusing. The authors use the word fundamentalist to describe extremist groups, they claim that Christianity does not have a violent past like Islam and that God is a God of peace. I have to stop and wonder...have they ever read the Bible? Yes God does want peace, He is love but He is also just, righteous, and jealous. My God wiped Sodom and Gomorrah off the face of the Earth, told the Israelites to wipe out the people who occupied their promised land and so on. The author does comment on the fact that any violence employed for the cause of Christianity is merely historical and should not be viewed as a belief by the religion as a whole. To which I do partly agree. Christianity to a Christian is not a violent religion except for our extremist groups.Notice I said to a Christian. To us the Bible makes sense and we have an understanding that all the things in the Bible that were violent happened for a reason. To an unbeliever though the Bible and Christianity can seem violent. The authors seem to have conveniently forgotten about the Crusades in which hundreds of "infidels" were slaughtered in the name of Christianity - convert or die. And what about the abortion clinic bombings of the past in which innocent lives were taken in the right to life campaigns. The authors do mention the abortion clinic bombings but in a very dismissive whitewashed way. What is my point? Just this, the very words and facts the authors are using can very easily and have been in the past used against Christianity especially fundamentalist Christians. If we are quick to jump on the bandwagon to condemn Muslims we must be willing to accept that fact that someday that very sword can be turned against us to condemn us as well. I did not like this book and would never recommend it any Christian individual or group as a study or otherwise. ...to read the entire review google Auntie M's Universe. I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Janet-R More than 1 year ago
I prefer to read fiction because non-fiction usually serves as a good antidote to insomnia. I struggled to get through this work for that reason only. Unlike other non-fiction list-our-woes type of books, THE FIGHT OF OUR LIVES is a true eye-opener. Most books of this ilk merely point out the problem, but this one delves deeply into the cause of our slide into political correctness and directs us to a clear resolution. "Rolling off our couches" is a good first step. In eight short chapters, plus an introduction and epilogue, Bennett & Leibsohn describe the lessons we SHOULD HAVE learned (but didn't) from Viet Nam (which showed Bin Laden our weaknesses) to the Ft. Hood massacre (which underscored our PC standing). Quoting Gen. George Casey of the recent attack: "As horrific as this tragedy was, if our diversity becomes a casualty, I think that's worse." I had to read that line several times, asking myself, "Can a military general REALLY put diversity above his soldiers?" This book clearly identifies our enemies, some of whom are within our own culture. Eleven pages of notes for their voluminous footnotes is indicative of the authors' intense research. THE FIGHT OF OUR LIVES isn't based on opinion, but proven facts. I hope it starts a wildfire of couch potatoes getting involved in taking back our country. I will certainly share it, give it as a gift, and recommend it. I received a free copy of this book from BookSneeze®.com in exchange for my review, and am in no way compelled to write flattery for flattery's sake.
Chhaya More than 1 year ago
'The Fight of Our Lives : Knowing the Enemy, Speaking the Truth & Choosing To Win The War Against Radical Islam' by William Bennett and Seth Leibsohn not only reflects the failures of America in the war on terror but also attempts to formulate some strategies for victory. I usually don't select political books but I am very glad I gave this one a shot. This book is well written and it doesn't lose the reader in complicated political jargon or policy. Bennett and Leibsohn also make an effort to be as even-handed as possible in their critique of American policy makers. Contrary to the modus operandi of many conservative writers today, to simply take aim at the current administration through President Obama and cast as much blame on him as possible. 'The Fight of Our Lives' is not one of those books as there is a fair amount of criticism of the past administrations as well, whether Republican or Democrat. An excellent read without political overtunes and recommended for people of all walks of life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ThomasRFellerJr More than 1 year ago
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. I received this book free from the publisher in return for a review; I was not required to write a positive review. I am disclosing this to comply with FTC regulations.
autumnbluesreviews More than 1 year ago
The Fight Of Our Lives gets right to the point with the Fort Hood incident that happened Nov of 2009, the second worst terrorist attack in 8 years. An important point is made of this incident and how America should have been moved by that day of terror or at least given a wake-up call. This a truth many in our government don't like to talk about, which proves we are un-safe anywhere from Islamic terror, whether overseas or here in America. I learned many scary statistics especially about the year Obama was elected (2009), and how we had 12 terrorism related events in America that year alone, yet only 20 events between 9/11 (2001) and 2008. I found this book to be a real eye opener, with many important details explained by Bennett and Leibsohn that every American should read about. The main point of The Fight Of Our Lives is how our government from the beginning has failed to name who we are in war against. This due to our government not wanting to single out the Muslim religion as the main reason for our fight on terrorism, instead our government has hidden behind a curtain of secrecy. The importance of allowing citizenry from the Muslim community seems to have over shadowed our need to protect the U.S. The main issues now on the agenda for the next election seem to be mostly job related and regarding the economy and deficits, another point in the book. I believe this is important however the scary thought is that terrorism has been placed on the back burner as if it has been completely eradicated. Especially now that Osama Bin Laden has been killed. I also believe us citizens who care about America need to wake-up and take a hard look at who our neighbors are. Yes, we have created an atmosphere that America is a free country and anyone has the right to practice their own beliefs and religion, but how far should we let this go. Allowing the building of a Mosque within two blocks of 9/11, should not be OK. Wake up America! We will never have another Ellis Island where our immigrants come into this country for peace and the dream of a better life. We need to be diligent if we care about our country because our government cannot be everywhere, also because they fail to name our true enemy. Times have changed and we need to take responsibility to keep the U.S. safe, even if this means allowing ourselves to give up some of our freedom and rights to our government so we can be protected.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Phileo More than 1 year ago
I was intrigued by this book, because ultimately the author chooses to speak about a topic that I think has long been ignored in the public specter, especially amongst political elites. The book itself is structured in a way that it won't leave you guessing as to which political ideology the author belongs to. If you are a liberal going into this book, you probably won't agree with much; and if you are a conservative going into this book, you will probably emerge the same. The book is well sourced, and well documented, to back up the author's points. He's also not motivated by a personal vendetta of any significance, other than to promote the idea that we need to step up to the plate and actually fight against radical Islam. There are some suggestions in this book as to how to accomplish that. But again, your political ideology will probably determine your feelings on this book. There's a fair amount of the fear factor in this book, but again, this isn't news to me on the "need to do this" basis. Basically a call to arms to defend our nation against an enemy that has so far avoided the direct criticism it so desperately cries out for from those in positions of power in our government. I am grateful that Mr. Bennett has chosen to speak out on this very serious and deadly issue. It took some courage to write this book, especially since the enemy he challenges has no apparent fear of silencing it's adversaries by whatever means necessary. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
ReformedRev More than 1 year ago
A quick and solid read that pulls no punches. A wake up call to many of the confused views of tolerance and an effective argument against the appeasing of terrorist and radical Islam. A powerful challenge to the apologists of cultural correctness at any cost.
ENUS71 More than 1 year ago
The Fight of Our Lives is a book about the "focus" America as a country has lost on the war on terror. Reading this book makes you think about how -the powers that be perceive the threat we are facing on a daily basis from terrorists. I found it very eye-opening. Quoting every source from Osama Bin Laden to our current president The Fight of Our Lives tries to show the mistakes and attitude America has taken when dealing with the radical extremists muslims while recounting some of the most horrific acts of violence this country has ever seen. I am a veteran of the U.S. Navy so the attacks on the USS Cole will forever stay with me..however it seems most have simply moved on with their IPODS,FB and Twitter filled lives. The Fight of Our Lives attempts to re-engage its readers by showing Americans lucky enough to read this book just how the muslim world views America and her policies. Interviews with leaders both in this country and in the muslim world- investigations into what happened after the attacks in Fort Hood, 911 and the USS Cole are all brought out and discussed. It all points to a weakness we have as Americans recently adopted to stay politacally "numb" and not take a stand so that we dont offend anyone and be the bad guys. Sure, Bin Laden is dead but what he stood for is not which is the complete destruction of the American "Infidels". The Fight of Our Lives is a needed reawankening to the fight against such people and to let them know we are still the "United" States. Ireceived this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com
Libbi_Heart More than 1 year ago
What would you say if you knew that since 9/11, there have been numerous more attacks based on "doing allah's will"? What if I told you that rather than fighting ferociously against this obvious threat to American Citizens, America is just ignoring the drastic happenings of radical islam? Sadly, this is the case with many, if not most Americans. This eye-opening book uses many different true stories, which were violent acts of terrorism, yet when questioned about the acts, not one were the words Radical, muslim, or Terrorist used in a tv interview. Our own President not only is ignorant of this saddening islamic ritual, but he bowed to a known supporter of terrorists. This book was very good. I never realized the dire effects of ignoring radical islam. It was unbelievably interesting how some American people can be so worried about appeasing the muslims, that they forget when George Washington mentioned that everyone should have freedom of religion, AS LONG as they remained peacefully with America and her laws. Overall, this book really inspired me to stand up against radical islam, as it daily endangers many of my fellow Americans. I learned that as Christians, and as proud American citizens, we need to rise up, and stand against this vicious, brutal, and merciless sort of a religion.
Julie12 More than 1 year ago
This book is very eye-opening. We, who love our country and are conservative in our thinking, know that something isn't right in our country regarding the fight against radical Islam. We can see that there is a huge appeasement and too much weirdness regarding political correctness and what this book points out is the danger that we, as a country, are putting ourselves in by closing our eyes to the truth. Once I started reading this book, it was hard to put down. Not only that, it is an easy read and a quick read. As you start reading the facts regarding this war, you are quickly drawn in to the seriousness of this situation. The book goes into several situations including the Fort Hood shootings and the huge, red flags that were flown by Hasan but ignored because of political correctness. The book also goes into various things that politicians say (and apparently believe), the main stream media pushes, and more. I have known all these things, but to have it all compiled into one book is quite startling and this radical belief system is more dangerous than even I believed. I highly recommend this book to everyone who wants to know the truth about this situation. It's a must read for anyone who wants to know more about this fight and to know the facts rather than the propaganda we are fed through the media.
pitchingpencils More than 1 year ago
In The Fight of Our Lives, William Bennett and Seth Leibsohn present a clear defense of American culture and its fight against radical Islam. Since 2001, Americans have evidently forgotten the threat posed by radical Islam, whether through cultural deterioration or political misdirection, or both. As the anger in the wake of 9/11 has passed from the daily lives of most Americans, the appeasement of Islam in American society and political policy has grown stronger. Apologizers for Islam on both sides of the equation-Muslims and non-Muslims alike-have muddied the waters, so to speak, and taken away the American perception of Islamic terrorists as our enemy. Through a cultural, political, and historical analysis, Bennett and Leibsohn provide the reader with an alternative view, one that shows a true need to oppose our enemy rather than appease them. Through their book, The Fight of Our Lives, William Bennett and Seth Leibsohn demonstrate a clear and balanced view of the subject. There is no broad brush painting all Muslims as evil; they instead analyze the actions and words of Islamic leaders and terrorists, along with those in the government who appease and apologize for them, in order to prove their point. Without clear leadership and a strong moral viewpoint, the United States ultimately loses culturally, militarily, and politically. Theirs is a traditional view, one that finds its origins in such American historical figures as Lincoln and Washington. By the end of the book, the reader has found much that is thought provoking in the work. Whether or not one agrees with all that is said by Bennett and Leibsohn, every American should carefully consider the content of this book, or we may all lose the battle for the American way of life. I was provided with a free copy of this book in exchange for a review. All opinions in the review are my own.
faison_tman More than 1 year ago
The authors have stated the facts as clearly as possible. We are in the fight of our lives and we certainly need to understand what is fueling the fire. Radical Islam is still Islam, and it is the violent teachings within Islam that is the source of the violence and hatred expressed by the terrorists today. It stems from the teachings of the Koran and is in stark contrast from the teachings of the Bible, both from the Jewish and Christian perspectives. The comparisons are presented quite well, showing that neither Christianity nor Judaism commands killing of the innocent nor of the unbelievers outside of their religion because of their non adherence or submission to their religious views. many insights are shared regarding our desire for multi-culturism and respect for other religions which keeps many of us from facing the facts as they really are. The primary emphasis in facing the facts is that we need to look at what Islam represents. On pg 116 it is stated, "the refusal to subject Islam to rational analysis is a recipe for further fanaticism". There are various verses quoted from the Koran in the book which clealy shows how the radical Islamists justify their hatred and murderous behavior. I need to point out that the authors of this book donot accuse all Muslims of being terror suspects,on the contrary, they acknowledge that there are many moderate Muslims who denounce terrorism. The authors suggest that there should be many more, and that these are the people who should be making their voices heard among their own brethren. I must say that some political views in the book, I do take issue with, but this is America and we are free to say what we think. There have been new developments in the Middle East since the book was written, and of course new initiatives from the current administration. Osama Bin Laden is no longer a threat, among other things. In spite of some minor differences of opinion, I must say, this book is a must read. Thurman L Faison, author "To The Spiritually Inclined
NikoleHahn More than 1 year ago
The book begins with the terrorist attack at Fort Hood and continues to detail the egregious error in white washing Islam and exposes the journey we've taken as a society in trying to "understand" grievances instead of calling out the evil. We've proudly asserted ourselves as enlightened when in truth we have lost our heroes and our country lacks any unity or loyalty to it's own glorious history preferring to put it down in the classrooms and in the public eye. The book writes strong with a ring of truth in its words and takes on the debate whether Islam is a religion of peace or not. Bennett and Leibsohn detail most of the terrorist attacks around the world and investigates its roots. He also talks about our dangerous amnesia where Islam is concerned. The academic world seems to have a love affair for Islam. It packs a punch in the mere 153-pages (not counting the notes and index). It's worth reading and I hope it serves as a wake-up call to those people who buy into the liberal worldview. If you don't agree with me, I encourage you to read this book and dispute it in another review. Copy from publisher.
Anagnostis More than 1 year ago
I received a review copy of The Fight of Our Lives from Booksneeze and I must say, I was not very impressed. 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.
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