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The Next American Civil War: The Populist Revolt against the Liberal Elite Hardcover – May 11, 2010

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Praise for The Next American Civil War:

"The Next American Civil War is an intellectual defense of a rebellion against intellectuals."--Commentary
"Lee Harris examines this critical juncture in American history and offers some back-to-basics advice on preserving our unprecedented spirit of liberty and exceptional national character."--Pajamas Media

Praise for The Suicide of Reason:

“Harris’s book is so engaging that it is difficult to put down, and its haunting assessments make it difficult for a reader to sleep at night. He deserves praise for raising serious questions.” --The New York Times Book Review

Praise for Civilization and Its Enemies:

“[A] startlingly original and visionary work, Civilization and Its Enemies aims at nothing less than providing the vocabulary and theory for political thinking post-al-Qaida." -- Salon 

About the Author

Lee Harris is the author of the critically acclaimed The Suicide of Reason: Radical Islam’s Threat to the West and Civilization and Its Enemies: The Next Stage of History. A frequent contributor to Policy Review, The Weekly Standard, The New Atlantis, The Wall Street Journal’s "Opinion Journal," and, he has become one of the most sought-after commentators on the post-9/11 epoch. He lives in Stone Mountain, GA.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (May 11, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230102719
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230102712
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,177,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This aspect was not dealt with enough.
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His books invoke thought provoking ideas and they are presented in a manner that is easily understandable and digestible.
James Biga
This book drives home what is wrong with this Country and informs the reader of what may be coming soon.

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76 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Michael B. Dipietro on May 12, 2010
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I couldn't put the book down once I strated reading. It put into vivid historical context so much of what has been dominating the evening news, talk radio programs, and cable news programs over the past year or so. Harris writes about all of this very clearly and concisely for the general reader yet also displays great intellectual and philosphical knowledge and insight at the same time. He is everything one could want in a public intellectual. In this book (I have previously read two others by this author) Harris explains the nature and significance of the "tea party" movement as the latest phase in the evolution of America's redefining and grapling with it's notions of liberty. He sees this all as part of a dynamic and creative process the consequences of which are of the upmost importance. Simply put we are currently witnessing the latest populist revolt against elitist authority in American History. What's different this time is that the revolt is a conservative uprising against authority and not a left wing one. This is a revolt which strives to maintain something which is perceived as being lost as the government in Washington grasps greater and greater overweening powers in the name of doing good for and serving those who it believes are incapable of deciding for themselves what is good for them. This is all within the grand tradition of grassroots American political movemetns except that the actors have reversed roles. And that's what makes something seemingly very old in actually something quite new. How will it all play out? Read this book and gain at least a better and more contextaulized perspective on what's at stake.
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45 of 50 people found the following review helpful By James Biga on June 8, 2010
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Over the past two weeks I have spent my time reading Lee Harris' New book "The Next American Civil War: The Populist Revolt Against the Liberal Elite". I have also perused the reviews provided on Amazon and other locations. It has struck me how many of the reviewers have missed so many of the points in the book. Whether they actually read the book or they chose to focus on an isolated topic I cannot speak to. This being said, I am going to focus on one item tha, to me, was the topic that kept all of the topics interwove: Natural Libertarian. Lee Brings this up in the initial pages of the book and then continuously uses examples throughout the rest of the book in explaining what a Natural Libertarian is, does, and believes in.

Many of the reviewers focused on the Tea Partiers and what Lee Had to say. Though the Tea Party movement is used an example of the Natural Libertarian, it is not the sole focus of the book. In fact, it is only used as an example and nothing more. References to Conservative Talk Show Hosts and Sarah Palin fill the same role. Many reviewers, more than likely intentionally, missed this point.

In general terms, a Natural Libertarian wants to be left to his own devices and only becomes upset or rebellious when he feels his liberty is at risk by some outside, possibly conspiratorial, force.

Lee uses history to examine the existence and the development of the Natural Libertarian. What better way to examine human beavior and opinion than using human history. After all, the only difference between human beings today and our ancestors is that we have more gadgets and toys.The inner workings, the desires, wants, needs, and lusts of people, have not changed.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jay81 on September 4, 2010
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I read this book from cover to cover and found it pretty interesting, although it wasn't quite what I expected from the title. Nevertheless, I'm going to give it four stars. I enjoy history so I liked the historical aspects of the book and the discussion on the beliefs of Edmund Burke, John Locke, Thomas Paine, et al. I follow current events pretty closely so this author didn't really address any of the concerns that I have about the direction that our country is headed. It was more philosophical.

Anyone at all conversant with current events knows that there is a populist revolt going on against the so-called liberal elite and that it isn't just a conservative vs. liberal issue or a democrat vs. republican issue. It is a genuine culture war against establishment thinking. The book gives a pretty good account of how liberals think and act. There was nothing new here since you can obtain a good knowledge of how liberals think and act from the multitude of websites, blogs and editorials. I think we all understand that there is a vast gulf between the liberalism of today and that of classical liberalism of a century ago. We know that liberals see human beings as being chiefly good, rather than as flawed beings. We know that liberals are driven by idealogy and agenda, often to the point that they are thought to be absolutely clueless about the world they are living in.

Even after reading this book, I am not quite sure of the position of Mr. Harris. Does he relate more to the liberal elite or the 'natural libertarian', as he seems to view conservatives.

I consider myself to be a political independant.
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