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Published: April 24th, 2012
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Dennis Prager's much anticipated new book, Still the Best Hope: Why the World Needs American Values to Triumph, is available now!

In this visionary book, Dennis Prager, one of America's most original thinkers, contends that humanity confronts a monumental choice. The whole world must decide between American values and its two oppositional alternatives: Islamism and European-style democratic socialism.

Prager—a bestselling author, columnist, and nationally syndicated radio talk show host who is read and heard by millions of people in America and abroad—makes the case for the American value system as the most viable program ever devised to produce a good society. Those values are explained here more clearly and persuasively than ever before.

Prager—whose mantra on his SRN program is that he prefers “clarity over agreement”—could not be clearer when it comes to the subject of his newest book.

"There are three ideas – or religions, if you will – competing for humanity’s allegiance: Leftism, Islamism, and Americanism,” Prager says. In Still the Best Hope: Why the World Needs American Values to Triumph, Prager argues that it is the American value system -- what he calls “the American Trinity” – that is the best system ever devised for making a good society. He adds: “There is one thing the Left has excelled at over the last hundred years: demonizing its opponents. With few – actually, very few – exceptions, conservative talk radio has been overwhelmingly hate free. Take, for example, my Salem Radio colleagues – Bill Bennett, Mike Gallagher, Janet Mefferd, Hugh Hewitt, and Michael Medved – and myself: Is even one of us a hate monger? To anyone who has ever listened to us, the question is absurd. All of us attack positions, rarely people, and never with expressions of hate.”

Still the Best Hope deals with three huge themes: The first is perhaps the most persuasive explanation for why Leftism has been and will always be a moral failure, despite its acknowledged appeal to many people of goodwill. The second explains why fundamentalist Islam, despite its historic and growing appeal, cannot make a good society. But Prager holds out hope for an open and tolerant Islam and explains why it will emerge from faithful American Muslims. The third is a singularly persuasive defense and explanation of what Prager calls the "American Trinity": liberty, values rooted in the Creator, and the melting-pot ideal. These values are inscribed on every American coin as "Liberty," "In God We Trust," and "E Pluribus Unum," and they are the reasons for America's greatness. Without them, America will cease to be an exceptional nation, and therefore cease to be America.

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 America must vigorously export them. For if the world does not adopt American values, the result will be chaos and barbarism on an unprecedented scale.




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5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 How to wrap your head around today's world., 1.24.2013
Reviewer: William Lowther (Haddonfield, NJ)

If you are having problems assimilating the media overload of what is happening, and why, in our country and the world, and processing it to arrive at who and what is right, this is thee book to help you. A brief and consolidated history of each of the three "religions" is provided, along w/ anecdotes, data, and analysis. This book explains what is driving each "religion" and why it is important that the "American trinity" triumphs. It should be required reading for all.

 

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 I have to buy another book, 9.25.2012
Reviewer: James Johnson (Niceville, FL)

While 150 pages into the book, I pulled a Dennis and decided to talk to the young lady next to me on the airplane. She knew I was voting for Romney and told me she couldn't because she didn't want to lose her right to an abortion. She then denied media bias and how the universities shape our kids. So after she promised to read it, I gave her my signed copy. I do believe it will affect her more than me.

 

4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 I LOVE Dennis and America, 9.14.2012
Reviewer: Charlene Withers (Palm Springs, CA)

I LOVE Dennis Prager. I am the same person as Dennis. I agree with almost everything he says. The content is quality. I LOVE America too. But..........I had a hard time reading this book. Had to look up a lot of words, and keep notes to help remember. I guess the problem is my age (70) but just wanted to let you know. I am going to try the audio, but disappointed it is not Dennis reading the book.

 

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 One of the best........, 9.12.2012
Reviewer: James Hernandez (La Crescenta, CA)

It is the book I will be giving as gifts for Christmas .

 

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Very important literary work, 9.10.2012
Reviewer: Preston Riley (Frisco, TX)

Probably the single most enlightening read that I have had in more than a decade. This book should be mandatory reading for every college student...and their parents.

 

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Love it., 9.9.2012
Reviewer: michael singer (philadelpia, PA)

Very thought full, detailed, contemporary but basic truths. Succicently expressed in a very understandable format.

 

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Great Book!, 9.9.2012
Reviewer: Tom Clements (Scottsdale, AZ)

Everything Dennis does is first-rate and this, his latest book, continues that tradition. His arguments are clear and compelling. If more Americans read this book our country's downward spiral would be slowed, if not totally halted.

 

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Still the Best Hope, 9.9.2012
Reviewer: Cecil Gatch (Anaheim, CA)

Another great and important book by Dennis. It should be required reading for everyone. I am sure the vast majority of Americans cannot articulate their values and reasons for voting the way they do. Even conservatives. This book helps to define those values.

 

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 A clear argument, 9.8.2012
Reviewer: John Walsh (San Clemente, CA)

Dennis does a great job making clear the differences between the 2 sides

 

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 A Democrat no more, 9.8.2012
Reviewer: Louis Mindes (Tucson, AZ)

Having listened to Dennis Prager for years it is easy to conclude he is among the wisest men in the world. His insite is kind and compassionate for the individual yet critical when necessary of the oversteps by government into the lives of Americans. This is a well written book that gradually takes you step by step to the present state of today's insanity. If you have children or grandchildren, it is worth purchasing multiple copies of so it can be shared with them. With "progessives" and "liberals" taking over education, there needs to be something that conveys what American has traditionally been before all history is revised in Orewellian fashion (if you have not read George Orwell 1984 or Animal Farm, those are must reads). Children and students of all ages need to know how and why the USA is exceptional. Not convinced? Dennis Prager has online, 5 minute, university caliber classes to undo the damage done by the political left (Prager University - www.prageru.com). If you are a Democrat or "liberal" that has a feeling something is just not right in the world today but can not figure out what it is, read this book, visit Prager University and perhaps even podcast Dennis' radio show from Itunes.

 

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 A Clear, Thought-Provoking, Important Read , 9.8.2012
Reviewer: Leah Gould (Glendale, CA)

This book explains the need for supporting and maintaining our unique American values in an easily understandable and compelling way. If you think you already agree with the basic premise of the book, reading it will give you the tools to express your beliefs to others in a persuasive manner. If you think you will disagree with the book, I urge you to read it with an open mind and it just might have you questioning your positions. This is an important book and I have given copies to people I care about and started potentially life-changing dialogues with them.

 

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Prager Book review, 9.8.2012
Reviewer: Jim Nasby (Edina, MN)

I am reading the book for the second time because the information is so useful when discussing the current political scene with liberal friends and relatives.

 

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 America really is exceptional, 9.8.2012
Reviewer: Karen Stauffer (Lakewood, CO)

Being the product of a public school education I appreciate finally having a history lesson on America and what it stands for.

 

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clarity Is Our Friend, 9.8.2012
Reviewer: Richard Dale (Mission Viejo, CA)

Still the Best Hope delivers the message that needs to be heard in these momentous days, as we race toward the abyss. If you listen to Dennis on the radio, this book will reinforce what you already know; if you have never heard him, it concisely and rationally presents his ideas, and shines the light of truth and clarity upon our endangered civilization. Thank you Dennis!

 

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 My most suggested book of all, 9.8.2012
Reviewer: edward keller (glenview, IL)

Wisdom from start to finish: He tells what the left and the right are about. Deeply thought out, a real eye opener but so readable. It should be required in universities.

 

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 best hope, 9.7.2012
Reviewer: sandra yerigan (cambridge, MN)

excellent book, will be reading it a second time,and recommending it to friends.

 

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Great read!, 9.7.2012
Reviewer: Anthony Spencer (Peyton, CO)

This book clearly explains the differences among American, Leftist, & Muslim values with great examples and footnotes galore. It is easy to read and comprehend. I bought a copy for me and one for my dad for Father's Day. I heartily recommend it.

 

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Preaching to the choir, 9.7.2012
Reviewer: Jeff Jerome (Los Angeles, CA)

Let's start with, I loved the book. It was thoughtful, well written and when I set it down, truth oozed out the covers. The only problem for me was that I listen to the show everyday and I found myself fast forwarding through some of the pages because I've heard it before. I love it, but I get it. I hope that made sense. The other problem was that I couldn't get one liberal to look at it. Not one! I clean industrial wastewater in Los Angeles for a living, thank God I'm not a salesman. I listen to you and read your work for the truth and insight it gives me. Thank you so much Dennis.

 

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review for Still the Best Hope, 9.7.2012
Reviewer: Melissa Hardison (Mesa, AZ)

Intelligent, succinct, well researched, easy to read. The most compelling summary ever compiled of the choices America faces at this time in its history. A must-read for all voters prior to the 2012 election. It will convince you!

 

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Excellent book in every regard!, 9.7.2012
Reviewer: shannon vogt (Decatur, GA)

Mr. Prager: I am an attorney. Your book was like reading a brief-in that it was supported by excellent evidence. I almost cried when reading it because it answered so many questions about why Leftists act the way they do. Thank you!!

 

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 I love Clarity, 9.7.2012
Reviewer: John Chaney (Murphy, TX)

Dennis, As usual, you hit it out of the park. You give great thought, analysis and clarity in your articulation of what the world needs. You are by far my favorite when listening to talk radio. May God continue to bless you and your calling. Sincerely, John

 

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Powerful book, 9.7.2012
Reviewer: Randy Dix (Gilbert, AZ)

This is one of the most important books I have ever read. Dennis has an ability to breakdown the facts and present them in a understandable fashion

 

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Your book, 9.7.2012
Reviewer: Garret Foute (North Richland Hills, TX)

Dennis I've listened to you for years. This book was very well written. The way you positioned each paragraph , gave a backup to each point and closed the paragraph with the results made the book clear and articulate and holds up your goals for truth. I had nothing to say/think but WOW!!....that's right ...I never thought of it that way. Now Dennis have you ever thought about how to 'clone yourself' ...meantor others to continue your way of thinking and continue to multiply your style of thinking and keep exposing the 'left', make people aware and question Islams 'plan' , and bolster the American way and educate people about what we have and how and where we are letting it slip away. Thank you for YOU Dennis Garret Foute

 

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clarity, The Left vs. The Right, 9.7.2012
Reviewer: Rich Cicerchi (Cleveland, OH)

You have made the differences between Left and Right claring. The listing at the end of the book is invaluable for those wanting bullets of distinction.

 

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 A true book and look at a wonderful country and its people...., 9.7.2012
Reviewer: Patrick Mower (Baldwin Park, CA)

Dennis hit the ball out of the park. Yes, he discusses three separate things. What you get out of the book, however, is how wonderful and great America is because of its people - not its government. Just as I have always said I want America to be feared, not respected, not loved, and not doted on, Dennis brings to a new high the truth about America, as well as it detractors and enemies. You don't have to be religious, you don't have to be an American. This is an explanation of a country made great by her people. I highly recommend everyone read this book.

 

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fantastic read, 9.7.2012
Reviewer: Laurie Girardot (Franklin, MI)

I liked the book because it was all encompassing yet not overwhelming. He describes leftist more clearly than anyone else and without malice.

 

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dennis Does It Again, 9.7.2012
Reviewer: martin oconnor (san antonio, TX)

Very good. Concise.

 

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dennis is a gift to conservatives!, 9.7.2012
Reviewer: Fred Morton (Portland, OR)

Dennis's observations, analysis, and conclusions are so thoughtful. Every Conservative and LIBERAL should read this book!

 

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clarity; Still the best tool., 9.7.2012
Reviewer: Pat Tarzwell (Shelton, WA)

As we have come to expect from Dennis, he nails it again. The clarity with which Dennis highlights the values of the 3 main competing values for the future of the world is outstanding. agree or disagree, you cannot argue with the facts in this book. Excelent book Dennis, thank you for all of your work.

 

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Still the Best Hope, 9.7.2012
Reviewer: Twyla Zerwas (Mission Viejo, CA)

Clearly written, sharpens the debate points. A prior to the election MUST read for everyone whether a liberal, conservative, or independent voter.

 

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 encouraging, 9.7.2012
Reviewer: Barbara Bendick (Ponte Vedra Beach, FL)

I have not had the opportunity to finish the book, however I gave it to my neighbor to read first. He wrote me a personal note saying: Barb: Still the Best Hope is one of the most incredible, informative, and encouraging books I have ever read in my life. Thank you so much!

 

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Prager Provides Principles and Clarity in an Age of Spin, 9.7.2012
Reviewer: Terry Paulson (Agoura Hills, CA)

I read Prager's books because he breaks through the clutter of political spin to bring clarity to the issues that count for citizens who take voting seriously. As author of "You're a Republican! The Political Conversation Your Mother Told You Not to Have," I provide insights and examples on how to have a civil political conversation. Prager gives you content and questions that will help you convince others aout the American Trinity-Liberty, In God We Trust and E Pluribus Unum. Thanks Dennis, for another great book that gets right to the point about what is central to America's success.

 

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Such a smart man!, 9.7.2012
Reviewer: Jennifer Moline (Blaine, MN)

This book is excellent. A lot of the chapter on Leftism is what he talks about on the radio but is a great refresher if you listen to him. While I was reading the book everything he was talking about was happening in the news. I really enjoyed the chapter on Islamism. There was a lot I didn't know and it really opened my eyes. A must read and a book to pass on to others.

 

4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Still the Best Hope - Full of Truths - But Hard to Read, 9.7.2012
Reviewer: Marc Andonian (Harleysville, PA)

I am a devout listender of Dennis Prager - listening since the 1980s. He has had a profoundly positive impact on my life, and is one of the top 5-10 people I'd love to spend a day with! His book - Still the Best Hope - is an excellent piece of work filled with truth and conservative perspective. It serves as a rallying cry for conservatives - but can be very hard for readers in the political center or left to read and digest. Why? In my opinion, the stark, unvarnished language and labeling of the positions of 'the left' with implied value judgements pushes enough emotional buttons that it can engender a subconscious defense posture in anyone who is not ideologically aligned. As a result, those in the center to left of the spectrum may find themselves arguing at the book, rather than openly considering its many excellent points of view. While I have the utmost respect for Mr. Prager, I feel a more nuanced approach that could guide those in the middle and on the left to a point of greater understanding would ultimately be more effective. While I have both hard copy and electronic copies of the book and have given it to friends as well, I am concerned that the book casts such a hard polar light that it doesn't leave room for slow, progressive change. Perhaps my concerns and sensitivies mean I myself have been coopted by a liberal media, myelf. I just want to use this book as the basis for meaningful adult to adult conversations with a focus on clarity - before concensus. So in conclusion - I believe this to be an excellent book that is full of interesting and true perspectives that would be of value to everyone in this day and age, but am concerned that for some - the style may be difficult to take. Great Job Dennis! Thank you for the considerable time and effort it took to produce this great work!

 

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Still the Best Hope, 9.7.2012
Reviewer: Robert Linden (Colorado Springs, CO)

Absolutely the best three books I've read on their topics. I really appreciate being able to get three books for the price of one and I also appreciate being taught the "whys" and not just the "what's" of each issue. I know I am better armed for discussions with people on each of these topics--both those who agree with me but don't know why or how to support their beliefs and those who disagree with me. Thanks, Dennis, for all your hard work to put these books together!

 

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Highly Recommended, 9.7.2012
Reviewer: Opher Banarie (Laguna Niguel, CA)

'Still the Best Hope' provides a clear explanation of the values of the United States, Leftists and Islamists, and goes on to argue that the American values are the best for ensuring freedom, liberty and prosperity. With over 400 footnotes and citation, the book is solidly researched and reliably accurate in presenting these arguments. Dennis also makes the case for incorporating American values into other countries as a way to help them get on the road to prosperity.

 

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Passing the Baton: Letters to my Children, Grandchildren and their Peers, 9.7.2012
Reviewer: Robert Christensen (Lawrenceville, GA)

“We live in serious times.” That’s a quote from John Adams to Thomas Jefferson, and indeed their lives had great impact on millions of people for the following two hundred years. The quote is applicable to today as well, because what takes place in the next decade in America will impact hundreds of millions of people for generations to come. The stakes are high: if we fail, we will become impoverished, subject to dictators, living in fear of government-protected criminals, as in many third world nations today. We will lose our Liberty, trading it for enslavement to a bankrupt government and social chaos. Great nations have always failed… but failure is not necessary – the tide can be turned – America can return to its greatness. In these letters I want to pass the baton, as it were, to you. I want to share with you, simply, the core values and beliefs that America was founded upon, that have proven successful in creating the prosperous, free and exciting civilization that we enjoy. And I want to help you understand the threats to liberty that are eroding our foundations, the tempting ideas that will lead to slavery. A primary objective for good citizens in America, over the next 20 years, should be to educate young people about the Left. When Americans understand it clearly, in the past they have strongly rejected it – pray that, as a country, we can do that again. Leftist ideology should be so thoroughly rejected that no politician dares to promote leftist ideals ever again. Journalists love to talk about “the third rail of politics” by which they mean the topic that destroys any politician that talks about it – a reference to the deadly third rail (high voltage) of a subway track. In the past it was claimed that Medicare was the third rail. May the new “the third rail of politics” become Leftist ideology! I was a college student in the ‘60’s so I saw the birth of the radical student movement up-close. It was a period of violence, kind of surreal in retrospect. Once I walked on the Northwestern University campus beside dirt bunkers and army tanks, sent to control the unrest. The great Universities caved in and society seemed to just accept Leftist ideas of sexual freedom, rejection of traditional values, vulgarity, and dis-respect for authority. America lost her moral compass. We are suffering greatly because of that loss. And it may lead to our undoing if it is not dramatically rejected by society. Many of our political leaders today are ideological descendants of those radicals and it must be said that today’s Democratic Party is dominated by secular Leftists. The 2012 Democratic National Convention provides ample evidence. Historically Leftism replaced traditional Liberalism (as represented by Joe Lieberman for example) following JFK and began to take over the DNC during Bill Clinton’s presidency (e.g. with MoveOn.org). Many Democrats are undoubtedly more Liberal than Leftist but most haven’t appreciated until now that the party no longer represents them. Dennis Prager’s book Still the Best Hope, Why The World Needs American Values to Triumph provides an excellent, in-depth analysis of Leftist ideas and of the competing traditional American values. His description of the Left is perfect (summarized in my thoughts below). No one self-identifies as a Leftist. Nevertheless Leftist thought has become the dominant ideology of our time. Leftist thought is reflected in websites such as www.dailykos.com and www.huffingtonpost.com and news organizations such as The New York Times, Time, CNN, MSNBC, etc. Leftism dominates our Universities, Hollywood, the Media and much of American culture. Leftists generally identify themselves as “progressive” or “mainstream.” Leftism is a world view and a value system. A world view is simply a set of presuppositions or assumptions about reality that helps people understand the world. We see the world through our worldview, as we would look through a pair of sunglasses. Leftism is also a religion. Prager considers it a religion because it requires belief, it proselytizes agressively, and for secularists, it fills the gap left by the rejection of God. It requires belief without supporting facts or logic. Progressives believe in socialism, for example, it in spite of overwhelming evidence in the USSR and elsewhere that Marxism doesn’t work. As with any “true believer” the facts don’t really matter – they hold on to their belief no matter what the facts teach us about reality. It is almost impossible to reason with a Leftist because they won’t agree on the facts (they have an alternate mythical reality) and they didn’t arrive at their beliefs because of facts. They lack the capacity for rational thought and debate. So what do they resort to? Anger, venemous ad-hominem attacks and pure emotion. What are the common ideas of the Left? • Change is always good – it gives people hope! (interpreted: only when Progressives are making the changes) • Good intentions matter most (but only Leftists have good intentions) • People are basically good. Crime and poverty are caused by lack of equality (Marxism) or lack of education. • It is morally right (and a government obligation) to take from the rich and give to the poor (socialism) • The State is the vehicle to Utopia • The State replaces individual responsibility • Government can run the economy better than the marketplace • Tax more, Regulate more, Spend more, More Welfare! • It is secular and anti-religious; religion should have no role in public policy, public schools, or government affairs • Humans are nothing more than animals, Men and women are the same • Wisdom comes from youth (not ancient sources of Wisdom such as the Bible) • New ideas are always better than old ideas (they are progressive after all!) • Real Evil does not exist – the spiritual Evil that we associate with Satan or Hitler does not exist. • There are no moral absolutes – right and wrong are subjective • We create our own Truth and our own Reality by creating credible Narratives and getting people to believe them. Why do so many smart people believe in Leftism? As we have mentioned, Leftism, according to Prager, fills the void left by their abandonment of Christianity. There is a powerful urge to belong, to be associated with the “smart people” or the “cool” people, the cultural elites and celebrities. George Orwell said that “Some ideas are so stupid that only an intellectual could believe them.” Intellectuals aren’t known for common sense, and Leftism doesn’t lead people to ask critical questions or to ask themselves if an idea is true. It is a social community in which people congratulate each other for being so smart and advanced. Anyone who dares to leave the community is subject to ridicule, rejection, and perhaps (in Academia for example) loss of job or reputation. Leftist ideas reflect wishful thinking. Oftentimes they reject facts because they are sad or uncomfortable. Prager notes that conservatives may do this as well. Dennis wrote an editorial in a Jewish journal making the point that man is not basically good (it is not rational, not Jewish and human history demonstrates that it is not a true). He was blasted. One critic wrote “What a sad world it would be if we all believed as Dennis Prager than mankind is inherently evil.” He responded “A distinguishing characteristic of liberals and leftists is their aversion to acknowledging sad facts.” Belief in Christ enables us to acknowledge and deal with the sad facts of reality in a world that was created good but now is suffering from the consequences of sin. Some evangelical Christians buy in to many of these ideas. Prager observes that for the religious person, typically, Leftist ideas crowd out and eventually replace their original religious beliefs. I have observed the same phenomenon with some of my friends. It seems to me that their desire to be affiliated with and identified with certain people or causes overwhelms them; they lose the ability to think clearly and Biblically. Their minds become clouded. They go with the flow, adopting worldly ideas without serious and objective (as much as we can be) Biblical analysis. As a follower of Christ, I ask you to think Biblically, to do your homework and know why you hold the ideals and values that you believe in (what is the Biblical support) and to be both strategic and courageous in standing for those values. Lovingly speak the truth. Lovingly help others to see the truth clearly. Follow Christ, not celebrities or ideologies. Prager says that human experience is the strongest argument against Leftism. Many young people are converted to Leftist ideas in college but become Conservative after they join the workforce, marry and start a family. Experience in the Real World is a great teacher. Facts are stubborn things. Prager wrote “If I lived in Europe two hundred years ago, I would have been tempted by the argument that reason alone, without God, religion, and sacred texts, can lead us to goodness. But after the depredations of the French Revolution; the horrors of two secular doctrines, Nazism and Communism; the low moral state of American and European universities; and the moral cowardice and appeasement of evil in contemporary secular Europe, one has to be – ironically – a true believer to believe that reason alone will lead us to a more moral world. Of course, we need reason. But we also need God and moral religion.” [Still the Best Hope, page 48] We love to claim that “truth will win out” however history shows that it does not always win out. Propaganda, not truth, paved the way for Hitler, Stalin, Mao and a long list of tyrants and dictators. To win the day, the people of America must enbrace and speak the truth and soundly reject Leftist propaganda and ideas. Love, Dad

 

4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Important Discussion, Especially on Leftism, 9.7.2012
Reviewer: Elaine Minamide (Escondido, CA)

Finally finished Dennis Prager's Still the Best Hope: Why the World Needs American Values to Triumph. I've heard Dennis say on his radio program that the book is really three books in one, and I'd almost agree with this assessment but for the fact that the third section, arguably its most important given the title of the book, is disproportionate, in terms of substance and depth, to the other two. The first section (Leftism) is comprised of four chapters (What is Leftism; Why the Left Believes What it Believes; Why the Left Succeeds; The Left's Moral Record) and is over 200 pages long. The second section (Islam) is also four chapters (On Evaluating Religions; The Moral Record of Islam; Islam, America, and the West; Responses to Arguments on Behalf of Islam), though it is half the length of the previous section (about 80 pages). The third section (America and its Unique Values) is not delineated by chapter titles and runs about 80 pages in length. If Dennis ever writes a second edition of the book, I hope he is able to flesh out the third section especially. I got the sense that he was rushing towards deadline. The discussion felt compressed and condensed and is not as well-documented compared to the documentation in Parts I and II. The strongest and most insightful discussion, in my view, is on Leftism. Writing about the left must be like trying to hold a giant squid in your hands while describing it to an audience. Prager says as much in his opening pages. He argues that leftism is a kind of religion, albeit one without Scripture and verse, making it difficult to document its core beliefs and tenets the way you might be able to define (say) Judaism or Buddhism. In addition, Dennis points out that people on the left don't even refer to themselves as "leftists," nor do they consider their beliefs as an alternate worldview in comparison to other worldviews. Instead, they seem to consider their beliefs de facto, incontrovertible, unarguable, while all other viewpoints are not only dubious but evil. For Dennis to attempt to identify the tenets of Leftism must have required an arduous amount of research, and indeed, he provides endnotes for most (not all) of the points he makes. His discussion on Islam (Part II) took a lot of guts. He admirably and consistently makes a distinction between practicing, peace-loving Muslims around the world and those who advocate Sharia law and forced conversion. He is not afraid to expose the ugly side of Islam with its history of violence, oppression, and especially the anti-Semitism which fuels its hatred toward Israel and America. He is hopeful and optimistic that Islam can and will be reclaimed by thoughtful, honorable, good Muslims who believe in the American trinity (see third section). Me, I'm not so confident. I hope he's right. My only real criticism of the book has to do with his third section. As noted, the section is rushed and condensed. Was this because Dennis felt pressured to see the book released before the 2012 election? Was he on either a self-imposed or publisher-imposed page limit? Whatever the reason, the lack of depth and exposition in this third section is disappointing. I love the discussion of what Prager refers to as the "American Trinity" (Liberty, In God We Trust, and E Pluribus Unum). Dennis' thesis seems to be that this trinity is all that's needed for other countries to flourish, though he doesn't say how to go about accomplishing such a prospect. He mentions as a hypothetical case in point the Honduras, but the example seems sort of simplistic to me. Perhaps anticipating that he could be accused of wanting to proselytize the world with the "gospel of America" in much the way early Christian missionaries were criticized for imposing western values on "native" cultures, he takes pains to point out that a country's adopting these core American values does not mean relinquishing that country's cultural identity. But, practically speaking, how would this transformation take place apart from a type of proselytism? How do these American values become imparted to countries whose governments are the antithesis of American values? Dennis doesn't seem interested in addressing the pragmatic questions his thesis raises, and this oversight made me feel a bit short-changed. Other than that....! I loved the book and will recommend it to anyone who cares about preserving American values. Perhaps we can regard Still the Best Hope as the first book of many in what will hopefully become a vibrant conversation, particularly about what leftism is. To me, this was the most important section of the book. I'd be interested to hear either a rebuttal or a counter-argument from a thoughtful intellectual on the left. However, such is the disdain the left has for conservatives that I suspect they won't even bother to read, let alone review, Still the Best Hope.

 


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