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The Fight of Our Lives: Knowing the Enemy, Speaking the Truth, and Choosing to Win the War Against Radical Islam Hardcover – March 29, 2011


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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (March 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595550291
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595550293
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5.5 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (178 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,015,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr. William J. Bennett is one of America’s most influential and respected voices on cultural, political, and educational issues. Host of the top-ten nationally syndicated radio show Bill Bennett’s Morning in America, he is also the Washington Fellow of the Claremont Institute. He is the author and editor of more than twenty-five books.



Seth Leibsohn is a Fellow with the Claremont Institute; a frequent commentator and writer on both domestic and foreign policy issues; and a managing partner of Leibsohn and Associates, a Washington, DC-based consulting firm.

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William J. Bennett served as Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy under President George H. W. Bush and as Secretary of Education and Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities under President Reagan. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from Williams College, a doctorate in political philosophy from the University of Texas, and a law degree from Harvard. He is the author of such bestselling books as The Educated Child, The Death of Outrage, The Book of Virtues, and the two-volume series America: The Last Best Hope. Dr. Bennett is the host of the nationally syndicated radio show Bill Bennett's Morning in America. He is also the Washington Fellow of the Claremont Institute and a regular contributor to CNN. He, his wife, Elayne, and their two sons, John and Joseph, live in Maryland.


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Bill Bennett always says what he means and always says it in an interesting way, a way that makes you think.
Car Guy
Dr. Bennett and Mr. Leibsohn do an excellent job of explaining the distinctions between radical Islam and moderate or Reform-minded Muslims.
prairiecat
The book did an excellent job citing a variety of sources as well as quoting informed/well known public figures.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Sam on March 15, 2011
Format: Hardcover
When I finished The Fight of Our lives I had to take a moment and reflect on the book. It truly has been viewpoint changing. It was not so much of a revelation for me as a reiteration of things I already believed but now with facts to back them up. I was very pleased that the book wasn't packed with rhetoric in the least, nor was it a "shock" read; instead it was a logical delineation of cultural trends, Islam, and our response to Islam and the terrorism that reaches our shores. The book did an excellent job citing a variety of sources as well as quoting informed/well known public figures. This backbone of quotes and professional opinions added hugely to the credibility of the book as well as driving home the sobering message the book brought. The Fight of Our lives did not mince words nor did it seek to smear anyone or anything. Instead in a very candid way it removed the emotional opinions and rhetoric on both sides of the issues it addressed and level headedly laid down the truth of the matter. I am very glad I read the book, and it unlike most books on my bookshelf, will no doubt be read twice.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By William K Stegemueller on March 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
William Bennett and Seth Leibsohn's book, "The Fight Of Our Lives" is a book written to wake up America to the dangers of Radical Islam. The book does a really good job at documenting at how wimpy we've become as a nation in really confronting terrorism. Why are we walking on eggshells?

Bennett & Leibsohn write, "The thought seems to be that if we speak nicely of Islam and ignore the terrorism it can produce, the Islamists will respect us more or lay down their swords. Such an understanding flies in the face of e everything Islamists have told us; they want our defeat, not a refurbished détente that comes from soft language and retreat. (p.104)

What I found really eye opening is how the current Obama Administration is absolutely petrified of even mentioning the word "Islam," in conjunction with the subject of terrorism. Bennett and Leibsohn write, "The term RADICAL ISLAM was employed to distinguish it from mainstream belief. But the Obama administration displays a shocking level of foolishness or knavery by downgrading and downplaying the connection between Islam and terrorism." (p.103)

Bennett and Leibsohn quotes Professor Benard Lewis, "It is dangerous to exaggerate and is equally dangerous to ignore and neglect... most Muslims are not fundamentalists, and most fundamentalists are not terrorists... but most present-day terrorist are Muslims and proudly identify themselves as such." (p.117) The fact of the matter is that most of all the power and money in the Islamic Community is in the hands of Radical Muslims. Just follow the money and it will take you places that you will be shocked!

The book does a tremendous job at substantiated all it's claims with mountains of footnotes and indexes.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By wheelsms on March 13, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Ten years ago, when radical Islamist terrorist used three U.S. airplanes to kill nearly three thousand of our countrymen, America was angry. It was a justified anger that gave focus and generated clear objectives and a willingness to meet them. Through ten years of practiced tolerance, political correctness, appeasement, and complacency, many of our nation's top political and military leaders will scarcely utter the word "terrorism" or the ideology that fuels it, "radical Islam."As Bennett and Leibsohn explain, that conviction is what prompted them to write their latest book.

The book sounds a wakeup call alerting America to the danger in our midst. The authors weave three primary goals throughout the book. The first is to be clear about whom they describe is our enemy. Using current events, quotes from journalists, politicians, and military leaders, the authors describe the nature and goals of radical Islam. The second goal is to generate some anger. Not rage or violence, but rather an anger that forces a certain clarity. Their third goal is to call people to rediscover their American heritage. By regaining these three things, the authors believe we can win this war.

The book is strong, direct, and hard hitting. You may not agree with everything the authors say, but they will open your eyes and make you think.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the [...] book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Geurs on March 21, 2011
Format: Hardcover
In "The Fight of Our Lives," Bennett and Leibsohn analyze the slow progression and acceptance of the Islamic faith into that of mainstream America and the Western world. Through a Conservative lens, the authors look at why unless Islam goes through a sort of reformation it well never truly be compatible with the "American" paradigm and that we need to be cognizant of the fact. Above all, the authors intend to make sure the reader does not become apathetic to the inherent dangers of allowing a religion whose whole point is to convert and impose its laws on others to have unchecked influence and sway.

"The Fight of Our Lives" did a good job of explaining how events in recent decades have directly contributed to current world events. The line of evidence and rationale is well established, as is always with Dr. Bennett. The authors' passion to ensure that America remains sovereign and that Islam in its current form will not be compatible with America is impossible to overlook; they do not dance around the issues. At times though, I did feel like this book read like a Michael Moore book, if he were trying to incite Liberals. In checking some of the end-notes, it becomes apparent that the authors put a spin on some of the citations so they read in a manner that taken out of context is different than how they were used originally.
In short, I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the history of the Muslim/American conflict. Rhetoric aside, this book challenges the reader to decide where they stand on the issue and to understand why it should matter to them.

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