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5.0 out of 5 stars American Exceptionalism Explained, April 24, 2012
This review is from: Still the Best Hope: Why the World Needs American Values to Triumph (Hardcover)
This book explains why the American Value System is superior. In fact, this book explains precisely what the American Value System is. Of course, conservatives will read this book with great enthusiasm. Conservatives will nod their head in agreement and simply enjoy the clarity of Mr. Prager's arguments. The intended audience for this book includes our liberal Democrat friends, relatives and neighbors. It is hard to imagine intelligent, open-minded and thoughtful readers of this book not being deeply affected by the ideas presented here. I believe that if every American who usually votes Democratic did read this book - the political landscape would change one reader at a time as the book is read and absorbed. I wish every member of our government would read this book. I wish every member of the media would read this book. I wish every religious leader in America would read this book. I wish every high school student with a thirst for knowledge would read this book. That is my dream of things that never were and me asking, "Why not?"
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Initial post: Apr 24, 2012 10:54:06 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 24, 2012 6:42:06 PM PDT
jape55 says:
Great comment, especially the last part, RIP TK. The key to reading this book is setting aside comfortable filters (or fallback positions) and really thinking about what's being said. Talking with people I know about the subjects Dennis wrote on, it surprises me how many of them leap to counterarguments only to demonstrate with further discussion that they don't really understand the positions they oppose (and quickly take offense to).
I recently gave a left leaning guy I work with who keeps up with all the news and current events, and who is in favor of gay marriage a great article explaining conservative opposition to it and asked him if he'd ever read or heard those points before. He never had. If there's one thing that GREATLY helps fight that, it's clear articulation of the big ideas followed by solid examples. This book provides that. I hope it gets a LOT of readers!

In reply to an earlier post on May 3, 2012 8:41:35 AM PDT
Omer Belsky says:
there are very few good arguments against gay marriage. But you're welcome to offer them, instead of telling about them.

Regards

Omer

In reply to an earlier post on May 4, 2012 4:24:26 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on May 9, 2012 6:00:21 PM PDT
jape55 my friend. Being so old I rememer Bobby Kennedy using it in his Common-wealth Club speech in SF the day before he went to LA.

In reply to an earlier post on May 28, 2012 3:55:15 PM PDT
Evidently you haven't read the book or are brainwashed beyond repair..

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 5, 2012 6:22:02 PM PDT
Being conservative, and having listened to Dennis Prager for many years, I fully expected to hear and read such defensive comments in response to this book. I voted that this review lends well to the discussion because it demonstrates exactly what makes Prager's book so needed. I would love for Mr. Eskildson to cite a comparable work that supports his positions on the major issues of our time. I'll gladly read it.
~H.L.Carlson

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 20, 2012 11:41:38 AM PDT
Loyd claims to be a "pragmatist." In fact he is a Leftist, and therefore hates this book. He BELIEVES in Global Warming, government regulations, ObamaCare, and somehow does not realize that most of the federal budget is spent on transfer payments -- Social Security and Medicare were about $1 trillion a year the last time I checked. He sees a failing educational system and does not say: "Throw the corrupt teachers' unions out!" Oh, yes, and the final pathetic stand of the die-hard leftist: he supports the Palestinians.

Greater stupidity than this is hard to imagine.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 24, 2012 1:52:51 PM PDT
Joe Campese says:
Mr Eskildson, your hyper-sensitive response is remarkable for it's incoherency, inaccuracies, and belligerent self-righteousness. Other than that, not bad!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 26, 2012 2:32:34 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 26, 2012 2:35:45 PM PDT
David D says:
Mr. Eskildson; not one of your comments addresses anything in Preager's book. You have not even read it, have you?
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