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In this fascinating book, Kim Holmes reasserts anew the case for American leadership in the 21st century. But he asks the telling question, ''What kind of leadership should that be?'' In answer, Dr. Holmes offers an insightful, and on some occasions an uncomfortable, analysis of American foreign policy, and he provides a sharp and informed blueprint to guide future decision-makers. --Baroness Margaret Thatcher, former Prime Minister of Great Britain<br /><br />A must read for everyone who wants a world secure, prosperous, and free. There is no alternative to an America engaged in the world. Without America's leadership, no orderly international system can be sustained. Kim Holmes has made an elegant and brilliant tour de force to remind us of the place freedom deserves in the world and the necessary role of the U.S. to advance its cause globally. --José María Aznar, former President of Spain and founder, FAES<br /><br />Dr. Holmes' exposé of the international scene spans the globe and also provides an analysis of relevant domestic issues. He argues for the restoration of American leadership by presenting a provocative choice we either choose to remain a free people by accepting this responsibility or we choose to relinquish freedom. His solutions are based on the principles of conservatism that guided the Reagan presidency, and he convincingly describes why a transformation in national security affairs is required for America to safeguard her liberty and lead the world to a more peaceful future in the 21st century. --Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House and author of Real Change: From the World That Fails to the World That Works<br /><br />A must read for everyone who wants a world secure, prosperous, and free. There is no alternative to an America engaged in the world. Without America's leadership, no orderly international system can be sustained. Kim Holmes has made an elegant and brilliant tour de force to remind us of the place freedom deserves in the world and the necessary role of the U.S. to advance its cause globally. --José María Aznar, former President of Spain and founder, FAES<br /><br />Dr. Holmes' exposé of the international scene spans the globe and also provides an analysis of relevant domestic issues. He argues for the restoration of American leadership by presenting a provocative choice we either choose to remain a free people by accepting this responsibility or we choose to relinquish freedom. His solutions are based on the principles of conservatism that guided the Reagan presidency, and he convincingly describes why a transformation in national security affairs is required for America to safeguard her liberty and lead the world to a more peaceful future in the 21st century. --Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House and author of Real Change: From the World That Fails to the World That Works

A must read for everyone who wants a world secure, prosperous, and free. There is no alternative to an America engaged in the world. Without America's leadership, no orderly international system can be sustained. Kim Holmes has made an elegant and brilliant tour de force to remind us of the place freedom deserves in the world and the necessary role of the U.S. to advance its cause globally. --José María Aznar, former President of Spain and founder, FAES

Dr. Holmes' exposé of the international scene spans the globe and also provides an analysis of relevant domestic issues. He argues for the restoration of American leadership by presenting a provocative choice we either choose to remain a free people by accepting this responsibility or we choose to relinquish freedom. His solutions are based on the principles of conservatism that guided the Reagan presidency, and he convincingly describes why a transformation in national security affairs is required for America to safeguard her liberty and lead the world to a more peaceful future in the 21st century. --Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House and author of Real Change: From the World That Fails to the World That Works

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Kim R. Holmes is Vice President of Foreign and Defense Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation as well as Director of its Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Studies. He served in these positions from 1992-2005, leaving for several years to serve in the Bush Administration as Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs. During that tenure, he had responsibility for coordinating U.S. participation in the United Nations and 46 other international organizations. His office led the State Department's effort to establish the U.N. mandates for the transition of Iraq to democracy and sovereignty. It also led the government's initiative to pass the U.N. Security Council's first-ever nonproliferation resolution. Other accomplishments include a first-ever mandate requiring the U.N. Office of Internal Oversight Services to release its reports to member states; mobilizing the outcry over Libya's assuming the chair of the Commission on Human Rights, which culminated in that body's total refashioning; a democracy caucus; and the establishment of the U.N. Democracy Fund. Dr. Holmes is one of Washington's foremost foreign policy experts. He is widely published, and many of his recommendations have become U.S. policy. His works include Defending the American Homeland; Defending America: A Near- and Long-Term Plan to Deploy Missile Defenses; the internationally acclaimed Index of Economic Freedom, published annually with The Wall Street Journal; and Restoring American Leadership: A U.S. Foreign and Defense Policy Blueprint. His scholarly articles have appeared in such journals as National Interest, Journal Aspenia (Italy), Harvard University's International Security, and Columbia University's Journal of International Affairs. Holmes is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a former member of its Washington Advisory Committee. He has served on the Defense Policy Board (the Secretary of Defense s primary source for expert outside advice) and the Board of Directors of the Center for International Private Enterprise. He also has been a public member of the U.S. delegation to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Kim Holmes earned his Ph.D. and Master's degrees in history from Georgetown University and a Bachelor's degree in history from the University of Central Florida in Orlando. He also has served as a research fellow for the Institute for European History in Germany and as an Adjunct Professor of European security and intellectual history at Georgetown University.
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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: The Heritage Foundation; 1st edition (February 27, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0891952780
  • ISBN-13: 978-0891952787
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,353,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By BookLover on March 12, 2008
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With the upcoming Presidential election just months away, war facing the nation on numerous fronts, and rampant media accounts of economic instability continually confronting the populace, there could not have come a better time for Kim Holmes to release this groundbreaking work. Liberty's Best Hope is a testament to the domestic and foreign policy legacy left behind by Ronald Reagan, and shows how we can relive the standard set forth by our most innovative predecessors to transcend our present challenges.
Through a mix of historical and policy analysis, Kim Holmes does an excellent job of showing where our present problems stem from, and the most efficient, direct, and immediate course of action policy makers can take to confront them. Issues such as anti-Americanism, our "faltering security bargain with Europe", the lack of foreign allied persistence in the War on Terror, and confusion and intrusion caused by international laws, are not presented by Holmes as eternal problems, but rather as challenges that must, and can, be effectively solved given the appropriate mix of political will and strategy.
What is exceptional about Liberty's Best Hope, is that Holmes clearly did not fall into the trap of discussing only the most hot-button, presently relevant issues in the interest of selling books. Rather, he mixes current events as well as long-standing challenges to construct an analysis that is beneficial and relevant to anyone that cares about the future of the country. Holmes not only takes the reader around the world in cataloging our various challenges and proposing innovative solutions, but also into the classroom, the border, and the energy and financial markets.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By True Patriot on March 18, 2008
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The world is in crisis; will America once again take the lead? According to Dr. Kim Holmes, the answer is a resounding yes. In his beautifully formatted book, both detailed and insightful, Dr. Holmes lays out the course that must be taken for America to reassert herself globally.

Liberty's Best Hope: American Leadership for the 21st Century provides a refreshing and much-needed view of America's role in the world both now and in the future. As anti-American sentiment runs rampant throughout the world, and especially in university classrooms, Dr. Holmes presents America as she truly is; a strong, free, and peace-loving nation whose leadership is crucial in these uncertain times. The America that Dr. Holmes presents in his book hearkens back to Reagan's "shining city upon a hill," a place of innate goodness and a moral compass for the rest of the world.

Dr. Holmes guides America smoothly into the future by providing decisive answers to some of today's most demanding questions. A thorough roadmap is provided for America's interaction with her allies, the war against Islamic extremists, the struggle to reform international organizations, the threat of nuclear proliferation, and the universal assault on American values and actions. Dr. Holmes offers fresh approaches to solving the challenges that face America, such as creating a "Global Freedom Alliance," and he does not ignore America's domestic problems, as he calls for the country to "get its own house in order." Most importantly, Dr. Holmes identifies American leadership as key to the preservation of liberty.

This book will appeal to anyone who is interested in America's welfare and what she must do to maintain her greatness. America is under attack like never before in her history, and Dr.
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