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ISBN-13: 978-0761858225 ISBN-10: 0761858229

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 388 pages
  • Publisher: Hamilton Books (January 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761858229
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761858225
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,221,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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…A remarkable book explaining in poignant fashion why we are unable to marshal the necessary emotional resources to compete against the challenge of radical Islam. For anyone interested in the civilizational struggle we find ourselves in, this book is essential reading.
(Herbert I. London, president, Hudson Institute)

…Brilliantly exposes and analyzes the true factors at work that have led the American body politic to engage in massive self-deception, refusing to recognize the extent of the threat of radical Islam. Siegel dissects and articulates the true reasons why we have, wittingly and unwittingly, turned a blind eye to the magnitude of the three different "levels" of threat posed by Islamism as described here. I consider this book so critically important that it holds a key to our survival as a free society. Siegel pierces the façade of political correctness that has blinded us to the dangers we face and warns us of what awaits if we fail to act.
(Steven Emerson, Executive Director, The Investigative Project on Terrorism, and author of American Jihad: The Terrorists Living Amongst Us, Executive Director, The Investigative Project on Terrorism, and author of American Jihad: The Terrorists Living Amongst Us.)

Willful blindness, today's refusal to come to grips with the Islamist threat to the West, is America's most profound national security vulnerability. Supremacist Islam's campaign has targeted the United States by violent jihad, a softer and more insidious march through our institutions, and lawfare salvos fired in American courts and international tribunals. Desperate to avoid offense to Islamist activists and their allies, we surrender to the politically correct narrative that the vital measures taken in our own defense are the cause of our peril. The Control Factor powerfully unfolds this process of self-delusion and the struggle to remove the scales we've placed over our eyes. Survival of the West's freedom culture — our commitment to critical inquiry based ordered liberty and human reason — hangs in the balance.
(Andrew C. McCarthy, bestselling author of Willful Blindness: A Memoir of the Jihad and The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the West Sabotage America)

About the Author

Bill Siegel is a lawyer and a former executive at various public and private companies. He is a producer of several documentary films and assists numerous non-profit organizations.

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Our compulsive tolerance for the intolerable is described in clear, concise, easy-to-read, well-researched prose.
john okas
It also provides a pathway for what the author calls "Inner Jihad," the set of actions that lead us out of denial and galvanize needed action.
Crews Fan
It exposes vulnerabilities in things in which we previously found security, like our borders, military, Constitution and morals.
Ryan Mauro

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Mauro on April 28, 2012
Format: Paperback
America needs an "inner jihad" in order to cope with the jihad being waged against us. That's the thought-provoking message of The Control Factor by Bill Siegel, a new book that analyzes the psychological impulses driving the West's misreading and denials of the jihadist threat.

Siegel argues that there's a psychological process, which he calls the "Control Factor," that copes with anxiety and insecurity from a lack of control. This is born into us and is not a reflection of one's nationality, personal strength or intelligence. Other circumstances fostering insecurity, such as America's economic condition, make the Control Factor more powerful.

This is a unique take on the problem. The downplaying of the Islamist threat is often condescendingly chalked up to a willful denial of reality by those who are weak or unintelligent. The Control Factor adds depth by identifying this psychological process so readers can see how it has been in motion since 9/11.

Insecurity is a major driving force behind human action and controlling behavior. It is, at least to a degree, why there are micromanaging bosses, strict parents and obsessive relationships. It is part of why there are so many Islamic preachers demanding punishment for those who criticize their religion. Insecurity and the resulting drive to control is something that is all around us and foreign policy formulation is no exception.

Radical Islam activates the Control Factor in a mighty way because it stimulates a feeling that we lack control from multiple angles. Its beliefs and methods are new to most Americans. It exposes vulnerabilities in things in which we previously found security, like our borders, military, Constitution and morals.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Crews Fan on March 1, 2012
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THE CONTROL FACTOR convincingly and completely explains how an active form of denial (the "control factor") is leading America to be blind to the threat of radical Islam to our nation and our allies and our survival. It also provides a pathway for what the author calls "Inner Jihad," the set of actions that lead us out of denial and galvanize needed action.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By JPV2012 on February 29, 2012
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`The Control Factor' is an enthralling look on how we as Americans are burying our head in the sand. Its straightforward logic depicts self-deception and political correctness. The book should have a readers warning: This book will make you think! It's an easy read for those with unpolluted common sense.
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