What's so great about America /
Dinesh D'Souza.
Washington, DC : Regnery Publishing ; Lanham, MD : Distributed to the trade by National Book Network, c2002.
xiv, 218 p. ; 24 cm.
0895261537 (alk. paper)
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Washington, DC : Regnery Publishing ; Lanham, MD : Distributed to the trade by National Book Network, c2002.
0895261537 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Dinesh D'Souza, a former White House domestic policy analyst, is currently the Rishwain Research Scholar at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University
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Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2002-04-15:
It's easy to see the appeal of D'Souza's patriotic cheerleading. A former domestic policy analyst under Reagan, he sees the world in black and white: on one side, America "the best life our world has to offer" on the other, "the enemy, which conducts its operations in the name of Islam." To his credit, D'Souza (Illiberal Education, etc.) lays out his case well, although little here is new: America, he says, is a land of opportunity and freedom (D'Souza himself immigrated to the U.S. from India), and those who oppose American policy are simply jealous. But he doesn't stop with exhortations to fellow citizens about why the war against terrorism is righteous. D'Souza, a leading conservative thinker, revels in thumbing his nose at his ideological opponents: one of his chapters is provocatively named "Two Cheers for Colonialism." In this chapter, D'Souza trumpets the science, democracy and capitalism that he believes have led the West to global supremacy. Along the way, he spares no chance to bash those who he thinks have "denigrated" America and trivialized its freedom: multiculturalists, feminists, hippies and vegetarians. For the most part, D'Souza steers clear of criticizing his fellow conservatives, and when he does, as when he lectures them about the need to combine morality with freedom, he lacks specifics. In the end, reading D'Souza's book is similar to spending an hour listening to Rush Limbaugh on the radio his fellow travelers will love it; readers on the left will love to hate it. (May) Forecast: Readers will have their choice of patriotic paeans this season: along with D'Souza's is William Bennett's Why We Fight (Forecasts, Mar. 11) and Roger Rosenblatt's Where We Stand: 30 Reasons for Loving Our Country (look for a review in coming weeks). There should be a strong market for these slender volumes. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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Main Description
Dinesh D'Souza explains what is so great about America--and why that greatness inspires critics and even terrorism.
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D'Souza explains what is so great about America, and why that greatness inspires critics and terrorism alike. "What's So Great About America" defends not only the idea of America but also America as it is, with all its follies, ugliness, and flaws.
Table of Contents
Preface: A Funeral Oration: Pericles' Dilemma, and Oursp. xi
Why They Hate Us: America and Its Enemiesp. 3
Two Cheers for Colonialism: How the West Prevailedp. 37
Becoming American: Why the American Idea Is Uniquep. 69
The Reparations Fallacy: What African-Americans Owe Americap. 101
When Virtue Loses All Her Loveliness: Freedom and Its Abusesp. 133
America the Beautiful: What We're Fighting Forp. 161
Notesp. 195
Acknowledgmentsp. 207
Indexp. 209
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