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“Jason Jones, a human rights activist and filmmaker, and John Zmirak, a scholar of economics and theology, have combined to create a book that is prophetic—not in the sense that it pretends to tell the future. No, The Race to Save Our Century speaks truth to power as Amos and Elijah did, and points to the deepest truths about God and man. The authors expose the anti-human ideologies that created the twentieth century’s genocides, and warn us how these moral viruses still lurk within our culture. Best of all, the book gives a cogent, five-point program for defending human dignity, freedom, and peace in the 21st century.” —Gov. Mike Huckabee

"I share Jason Jones’s view that denial of transcendental moral principles would lead to ‘subhumanism,’ which reduces us to a subset of mere lowly animals. Also, even though pleasure or happiness as such is good, human dignity as the highest principle cannot be placed under hedonistic utilitarianism. This book has discredited relativism, the prevalence of which has been corrupting the human intellect for many decades. Jason Jones defends human life and freedom powerfully in this insightful book, and I encourage people from every part of the world to read it and take it seriously." —Zhenming Zhai, Professor of Philosophy at Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China

"A fresh and provocative countercultural argument that transcends and challenges conventional political categories. People of good will from all points on the ideological spectrum will appreciate and profit from The Race to Save Our Century." —O. Carter Snead, Director, Center for Ethics and Culture and Professor of Law, University of Notre Dame

"I encourage anyone concerned about our country to read this book. You will be motivated, encouraged, and inspired." —Abby Johnson, author, Unplanned: The Dramatic True Story of a Former Planned Parenthood Leader's Eye-Opening Journey across the Life Line

 “The true ascent of man over the centuries has been the steady recognition and embrace of the truths about human nature and the good society that the Creator wrote upon our hearts. Forget these, the authors tell us in this prophetic book, and our new century will more than replicate the horrors of the one we just left behind.”— Patrick J. Buchanan

“Jason Jones and John Zmirak break down some clear solutions to help us make the most of our generation. This book could not come at a better time.” —Josh Duggar, Executive Director of Family Research Council Action and reality star on TLC’s 19 Kids & Counting

“As a victim of the Chinese Cultural Revolution, I found hope for human dignity after reading this book. It is a must-read for college students.” —Dr. Kate Xiao Zhou, Professor of Political Science, University of Hawaii

“John Zmirak was brilliant when I met him at Yale thirty years ago, but to now see that brilliance in full flower in this magnificent book written with Jason Jones is a deep joy. Simply put, The Race to Save Our Century should be taught in every college in America. Do yourself a huge favor: chuck the newspapers for a while and read this book! You'll learn infinitely more about what is happening in the world today.” —Eric Metaxas, New York Times Bestselling author of Bonhoeffer

“I am inspired by Jason Jones’s courage to speak truthfully and write unequivocally in defense of Life. He is also a brilliant filmmaker, who uses powerful persuasive movies to publicly challenge calcified minds. Jason Jones’ loud drum beat for people to stand up and courageously speak truth to power evokes the spirit and words of Robert F. Kennedy, ‘Few men are willing to brave the disapproval of their fellows, the censure of their colleagues, and the wrath of their society. Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential, vital quality for those who seek to change a world which yields most painfully to change.’” —Kwame Fosu-Shabazz, Policy Director & Director of International Affairs, the Rebecca Project

“In many ways, the core event of the twentieth century was the attempted suicide of Western civilization. But even now, as Jason Scott Jones and John Zmirak demonstrate, there is hope. And it involves going back to the roots of that civilization: not for nostalgia’s sake, but for the sake of breathing life back into the civilization that gave full meaning to human dignity and human freedom. This book shows us how.” —Samuel Gregg, Research Director, the Acton Institute for Religion and Liberty

"Jones and Zmirak have compiled an incisive history that reveals so much of the connectedness in the atrocities since World War I, but it becomes more than a mere history when we realize that there is a normative ethics that can be reaped from all of the pain and suffering in a century of subhumanism. This book shows that the intrinsic value of human beings-this immutable worth-is really something that can be seen and comprehended not because one is a Republican or a Democrat, nor a Christian or an atheist, but simply because one is human. This will without question be required reading for our staff members: this is a monumental step in the right direction for the pursuit of a culture of peace and a culture of life." —Aimee Murphy, Executive Director, Life Matters Journal

About the Author

Jason Scott Jones is a filmmaker and human rights activist. His film projects include The Stoning of Soraya M., Bella, and Crescendo. He works directly to aid the homeless, peoples facing genocide, and women with crisis pregnancies. He is president of Movie to Movement and the Human Rights Education Organization (H.E.R.O.). He lives in Hawaii. This is his first book. 
 
John Zmirak is an editor, college teacher, screenwriter, and political columnist. He is author of the popular Bad Catholic's Guides, Wilhelm Röpke, and The Grand Inquisitor (graphic novel). He is a former editor at Investor's Business Daily. His work has appeared in Aleteia.org, The Blaze, National Review, The Weekly Standard, First Things, The American Spectator, USA Today, Commonweal, The American Conservative, and The National Catholic Register; and he has contributed to The Encyclopedia of Catholic Social Thought and American Conservatism: An Encyclopedia. He has been a commentator on Fox News and the Christian Broadcasting Network. He edited a number of popular guides to higher education, and served as press secretary to Louisiana Governor Mike Foster. His columns are archived at www.badcatholics.com.
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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: The Crossroad Publishing Company (September 15, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 082452019X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0824520199
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #725,864 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By F. Ballard on September 12, 2014
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With the explosion of Islamist terror and the emerging threats of war, this book offers a deep, uplifting vision of human dignity, and a reliable moral compass. We just marked the 100th anniversary of World War I, which began a century of tyranny, war, and genocide. Unless we learn the lessons of where our grandparents and parents went wrong, our own children will suffer through similar miseries. This learned but very readable book draws out the lessons of the Holocaust, communism, and eugenics—and traces the rise of our modern Culture of Death.
More importantly, it offers solid arguments, based in history, for embracing once again a love for human life and freedom. Then it lays out the political decisions we need to make defend those values. Highly, highly recommended.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jazz on September 12, 2014
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The timing of this book couldn't be more perfect. With everything that's going on, it's a clear reminder and more importantly an eye opener as to learning lessons from events such as genocide, the holocaust and communism.
It teaches us about values and the love for freedom and more importantly, human life. The book is definitely a history lesson and should be taught in classes.
Highly recommended and wonderfully written.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ariana Argend on September 15, 2014
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The class I took in contemporary moral issues in school raised worthwhile questions about how we judge life-or-death issues, but the professor was so relativistic that it left me (and other students I talked to!) more confused than ever before. What is really wrong with euthanasia? Is a handicapped child worth more than a healthy chimp? And so on.

This book, grounded in history, sound philosophy, and common sense, offers the perfect antidote. I highly recommend it to students who want to find a solid foundation for defending the values they grew up with, especially their faith.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Herreid on September 16, 2014
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The Race to Save Our Century offers a coherent, clear-cut summary of the injustices of our age, and personally calls the reader to stand against those injustices wherever they're found.

First you will read a vivid and at times chilling account of the brutalities inflicted on innocent lives by virtually every world power from 1914 to 2014. How could such horrible things have happened? As you read, you will discover the roots of the "subhumanist" lies that led people to see each other as nothing more than lab rats, beasts of burden, or animals to be slaughtered to make way for Utopia.

Then you will learn about the men and women who stood against those lies, both by refuting them and by disobeying them in active protest. These heroes are exemplars of the five Whole Life Principles that promote the peace, freedom, and culture of life that were abandoned during the bloody 20th century, at the cost of countless millions of innocent human lives.

The book's rapid-fire logic is irresistible, and the emotional appeal will draw you in like a torrent. You can tell that both authors are familiar with movie-making. Cracking open The Race to Save Our Century is like watching the first few episodes of a compelling TV drama, then finding yourself binge-watching all seven seasons. Filled with profound insights into the darkest corners of our current day psychology, The Race to Save Our Century will leave you changed and bursting with an urgent desire to change the world, before the evils that brutalized so many in the past are able to claim more victims.

Highly recommend!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jiminy on November 11, 2014
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Maybe the reason I liked it so much is because of the writer's skill, or because of the continually interesting historical perspectives he brings, or because he's preaching to the choir (me), and gives foundation for things I've come to believe.
If I can fault it, the title is overly dramatic, and because my own knowledge of history is not that great, he might be focusing narrowly on the perspectives that support his conclusions.
Nobody gets off, neither liberal nor conservative. If I had to state a single thrust thrust of the book, it would be that we rationalize what makes us (as people and as nations) comfortable at the time, and in doing so dehumanize our view of our brothers and sisters. The fun reading that keeps you going is the phenomenally wide survey of authors, philosophers, historians and events he pulls together to illustrate his points. Just using this book as a reference to other works would itself be worth many times its cost if that helps you.
Though the author does not make a point of his religious association, it would be Roman Catholic. Thus it is no surprise that both war and the welfare state (The Great Society) are bad, as are the theft of earnings that support these. But don't read it because you want him to agree with you; read it because in some cases he'll show you why you are in the right, and other cases where you best re-evaluate your own position.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JJ Kington on October 30, 2014
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This book is rich fare, delving down to the philosophical roots of the great atrocities of the past century, and offering an alternative vision for the future. With a firm grasp of history, the authors shine the light on the "subhumanist" ideologies and assumptions that underlie the evil totalitarian regimes of the previous century, and shows how similar ideas that devalue humanity persist in modern society. In response, they articulate five principles that are essential for a culture of human rights and dignity. These principles can serve as guiding lights to focus the efforts of those interested in defending the value of every human being today. Well-written, intellectually engaging, and compelling, the Race to Save Our Century is highly recommended for all who are concerned with strengthening the protection of human rights in the 21st Century.
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