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Battle for Our Minds: Western Elites and the Terror Threat Hardcover – March 6, 2012
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Michael Widlanski is the author of Battle for Our Minds: Western Elites and the Terror Threat, just published by Simon & Schuster /Threshold.
Michael Widlanski has an unusual background, combining the field experience of the reporter and security official with the intense academic research of a scholar.
Born in New York, Dr. Widlanski holds three degrees from Columbia University, the American University in Cairo and Bar Ilan University. He has served as an advisor to Israeli negotiating teams and as Strategic Affairs Advisor for Israel's Ministry of Public Security.
Dr. Widlanski edited the PLO's captured Orient House archives showing secret PLO and Hamas activities. He taught Middle East politics and communication at Hebrew University for two decades, was a visiting professor at Washington University in St. Louis, teaching also at the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, and research fellow at the Shalem Center.
Widlanski, who is fluent in Hebrew and several dialgects of Arabic, has written for The New York Times, The Daily News, The New York Post, Ha'aretz, The Jerusalem Post, National Review, and The New Republic, and he has been a reporter for Israel Television and Israeli Army Radio. He now teaches at Bar Ilan University.
Top Customer Reviews
Dr. Widlanski in a refreshing departure from most finger pointers, offers not only accusations, but also the solution on how we can meet the challenge of terrorism head on and win. He skillfully redirects the conversation to challenge us to do just that before it is too late. Dr. Widlanski's wealth of experience and credentials combine with a thoroughly engaging style to provide us with a well-researched, well written book. This book is an essential read with a real plan for winning the struggle against Islamic terrorism.
It is clear that Widlanski is a real scholar of Islam and of counter-terror affairs. He takes a realistic and not an alarmist view of Islam. He does not paint all Muslims and Arabs as terrorists. However, he is much tougher on Westerners; that is the media pundits, professors and intelligence officials who often know little about their suposed fields of expertise. He does not suffer fools easily, especially those who pose as experts. Though Widlanski takes a very critical view of Western elites, he is not a pessimist, but rather an optimist who shows that the West can defeat Arab-Islamic terror. That is the positive message he leaves the reader.
This is a first - rate study by one who really knows the territory covered.
From Columbia's Edward Said to the New York Times' Thomas Friedman, Widlanski exposes the agendas of the Who's Who of talking heads in the Middle East war of words. After reading this book, Brian Williams and Dan Rather come off looking like choir boys.
In the tradition of Woodward and Bernstein, some of the best investigative reporting I've read in a long time.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Concerning the Middle East and the Islamic Terrorism the current occupant of the Oval Office denies exists, the next President of the United States, who surely will care about the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sha'i ben-Tekoa
The book I was looking for. Its content on documentary evidence of "palestinian" prevarication on six decades of "peace agreements" should be a warning of why not... Read morePublished 18 months ago by bikkurim
"How," you ask, could a 9-11 ever have happened on US soil? "Battle for Our Minds: Western Elites and the Terror Threat" by Michael Widlanski, succinctly shows us... Read morePublished on November 24, 2013 by Alison Isadora Vallocchia
I had seen a friend reading the book and became curious, so I asked the author about the book. He was a little coy and did not tell me much except that it was an important book to... Read morePublished on July 29, 2013 by Bruce Lilling
The significant disconects between reality and media perceptions are addressed in a reasonably coprehensive fashion. Read morePublished on May 25, 2013 by Dennis E. Landry
This book provides an expert historical analysis of Israel, and its policies. It also tears apart Tom Friedman's credentials and analyses.Published on December 26, 2012 by Arthur Cohn
Battle for Our Minds is probably unlike any other book on terror you will ever read. It is really three books in one--a challenge to Western elites, a portrait of the mind of... Read morePublished on October 12, 2012 by StudentFan
I picked up this book by chance at the library. It was terrible. I was going to expect a lot in terms of studies linking terrorism to occupation and much talk on U.S. Read morePublished on September 25, 2012 by Guy