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Battle for Our Minds: Western Elites and the Terror Threat Hardcover – March 6, 2012
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Dr. Widlanski in a refreshing departure from most finger pointers, offers not only accusations, but also the solution on how we can meet the challenge of terrorism head on and win. He skillfully redirects the conversation to challenge us to do just that before it is too late. Dr. Widlanski's wealth of experience and credentials combine with a thoroughly engaging style to provide us with a well-researched, well written book. This book is an essential read with a real plan for winning the struggle against Islamic terrorism.
It is clear that Widlanski is a real scholar of Islam and of counter-terror affairs. He takes a realistic and not an alarmist view of Islam. He does not paint all Muslims and Arabs as terrorists. However, he is much tougher on Westerners; that is the media pundits, professors and intelligence officials who often know little about their suposed fields of expertise. He does not suffer fools easily, especially those who pose as experts. Though Widlanski takes a very critical view of Western elites, he is not a pessimist, but rather an optimist who shows that the West can defeat Arab-Islamic terror. That is the positive message he leaves the reader.
This is a first - rate study by one who really knows the territory covered.
From Columbia's Edward Said to the New York Times' Thomas Friedman, Widlanski exposes the agendas of the Who's Who of talking heads in the Middle East war of words. After reading this book, Brian Williams and Dan Rather come off looking like choir boys.
In the tradition of Woodward and Bernstein, some of the best investigative reporting I've read in a long time.
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Concerning the Middle East and the Islamic Terrorism the current occupant of the Oval Office denies exists, the next President of the United States, who surely will care about the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Sha'i ben-Tekoa
"How," you ask, could a 9-11 ever have happened on US soil? "Battle for Our Minds: Western Elites and the Terror Threat" by Michael Widlanski, succinctly shows us... Read morePublished on November 24, 2013 by Alison F.
I had seen a friend reading the book and became curious, so I asked the author about the book. He was a little coy and did not tell me much except that it was an important book to... Read morePublished on July 29, 2013 by Bruce Lilling
The significant disconects between reality and media perceptions are addressed in a reasonably coprehensive fashion. Read morePublished on May 25, 2013 by Dennis E. Landry
This book provides an expert historical analysis of Israel, and its policies. It also tears apart Tom Friedman's credentials and analyses.Published on December 26, 2012 by Arthur Cohn
Battle for Our Minds is probably unlike any other book on terror you will ever read. It is really three books in one--a challenge to Western elites, a portrait of the mind of... Read morePublished on October 12, 2012 by StudentFan
I picked up this book by chance at the library. It was terrible. I was going to expect a lot in terms of studies linking terrorism to occupation and much talk on U.S. Read morePublished on September 25, 2012 by Guy
Widlanski's book retells the story of the foolish indifference and self-delusions of the West in the face of the growing threat of Jihad and Islamofascism terrorism. Read morePublished on August 5, 2012 by Steven Plaut