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If Mr. McCain finds this strategy flawed, he should read Natan Sharansky's latest book, "Defending Identity," which discusses the crucial distinctions between the United States and much of the world, including the European bloc. Mr. Sharansky, a Jewish former Soviet dissident who spent years in the gulags for trying to hold the Soviet Union accountable to its international human-rights commitments, explains as his central thesis that identity without democracy is totalitarianism, but democracy without identification to the larger community is weak and doomed to fail. “
Sharansky explains the risks Europe is in through the lens if identity, the driving force of the Muslim wave that is dominating Europe, where the trauma of past wars has... Read morePublished on October 11, 2013 by Ruben Misrahi
Definitely one of my personal top 100 books, and I think one of the most important books of the decade. Read morePublished on April 14, 2013 by charlene at Dosido Bookshelf
Many books of freedom and democracy rely on 200 year old metaphors that have been overused to the point of becoming aphorisms. Sharansky is a master of metaphor. Read morePublished on March 12, 2012 by Gderf
When men of Natan Sharansky's international stature speak, it behooves the world to take notice and listen; and this holds true whether you agree with him or not. Read morePublished on September 16, 2011 by Herbert L Calhoun
Natan Sharansky spent 9 years of his life in a Soviet gulag for his defense not only of freedom but his Jewish identity. Read morePublished on May 4, 2011 by TJN0789
this forceful polemic makes a good argument for pluralism and allowing those with conflicting values to duke them out in a democratic context rather than pursuing yet another dream... Read morePublished on April 19, 2010 by James Jaffe
Natan Sharansky is a very clear thinker. His latest book, like all his others, reflects his wit, inteligence, and total understanding of his subject.Published on March 12, 2010 by Sue Mo
"People are different,they like to be different, they have a right to be different"-Agent BenCanaan, Exodus
It is common for people to say all men are their brothers. Read more
Looking back on the terrible conflicts perpetuated by nationalist reactionaries throughout history, it's easy to lay the blame for those conflicts on nationalism itself. Read morePublished on August 25, 2009 by J. Dooley