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Lessons from Fallen Civilizations: Can a Bankrupt America Survive the Current Islamic Threat? (Volume 1) Paperback – June 1, 2012
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Larry Kelley's life was utterly changed by 9/11. On the day after the attacks, on his way to work, he was struck by the sudden realization that World War III had commenced. Like most Americans he desperately wanted to find out who were these people who attacked us, what could ordinary citizens do to join the battle and how can those plotting to kill us in future attacks be defeated. Mr. Kelley has written scores of columns on the dangers of western complacency. In his tenure as a political commentary writer, he has made a significant impact. His feature articles have appeared in the Piedmont Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, Human Events, and Townhall Magazine. Two of his articles were featured on the cover of Townhall Magazine. He wrote an Op-ed which appeared in the liberal San Francisco Chronicle a month before Obama was inaugurated entitled, A Second New Deal is a Recipe for Disaster. Two and half years later, on August 6, 2011, the Chronicle ran the front-page headline--S&P Downgrades U.S. Credit Rating. The result of ten years of research, his book, Lessons from Fallen Civilizations, contains the answers the above questions he asked in the wake of 9/11. His book has already received critical praise as a saga which begins on the plane of Marathon in 490 BC and whose main character is Western Civilization.
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If you're a liberal, he aims to make a bleeding liberal out of you, but not in some pleasant touch-feely kind of way. The writing is both engaging and bruising. The history lessons are sweeping, panoramic and seem at times to float like a butterfly, whereas the merciless jabs at the current administration -- you guessed it -- not only sting like a bee but are delivered with the hope the recipients are deathly allergic and totally reliant for their emergency room treatment on government-sponsored healthcare that, if all goes well, is nonexistent.
Down for the count!
Sure, we know politics is blood sport. In true libertarian spirit, Lessons From Fallen Civilizations is written in the mode of extreme sport -- gloves off, no rules -- but not for any love of anarchy. Just the opposite. The fight is for a genuine love of something noble and great -- not prize money or a gleaming belt, but love of our country and, yes, our civilization as we know it, vulnerable to slipping through our fingers like the sands of time we can no longer afford to waste.
Don't just stand there. Get in the ring! Why? Read this book!
Although there are other books warning of America's impending fall, Lessons is unique. It reads like a saga where the main character, born in 5th century Greece, is Western Civilization. It's a great read, especially for anyone wishing to understand the immutable laws governing the fall of major civilizations.
Foremost in my opinion, it gives the best world history lesson I have ever had! Part One, titled "Ancient Threats to Western Civilization," was a succinct, yet thorough review of the Greeks, Romans, Carthaginians, etc. It discussed Hannibal, Atila, the Scipios, and the rise and fall of the Romans. I feel like I know something now! Very well written. He very lightly weaves current U.S. policies into this chapter, and leaves you going "uh-huh, uh-huh." Part One was five-star material.
Part Two discusses the Rise of Islam, and is again five-star material. Written in the same interesting fashion as Part One, this section discusses Muhammad, the Ottoman Empire, as well as some Christian history. More than either of the other thirds of the book, this one really shines a light on the historic root of the modern-day war between Islam and the West. This is a deep history that I only now understand. (As well, the bright light that it shines on Islam creates very profound reflections on the book of Revelation, and the Biblical prophets. This was a Wow for me!)
Part Three of the book was the most disappointing. While it had a bold title: "Resurgent Militant Islam," it drifts off into the realm of political opinion. Don't get me wrong; I agree with most if not all of his opinions. It's just that given the brilliance of the first two parts of the book, I wonder how he justifies: "Gone are the days when a conservative president will politely absorb endless ad hominem attacks upon his character from the Left." [Truncated slightly] In much of this section, it appears that the author, frankly, is engaged in wishful thinking. But even this part of the book makes some good observations in continuation of the original theme. Of course, it continues to weave the Ten Immutable Laws into the text, if they are not already obvious by this point.
So this is a definite "recommend." I now have some interest in some of the historical subjects that Mr. Kelley introduced me to.
untimately commit suicide that I have read. Included is the best complete factual story of how Islam rose to prominence, it's roots and ultimate
goals for the rest of the world that I have found. If you care about America in the Constitutional structure of Her founding as I do you need to read
this. It is not a politically correct book but a thesis of America's enemies including those that seek to harm Her from the inside. A chilling synopsis
of prophecy of things to come if we allow the wrong people to retain political power. Provided are turning points in every past Democracy and the
book gives "Ten Immutable Laws" that lie behind their failure. I cannot recommend this book enough.