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Shackled Warrior: Israel and the Global Jihad Hardcover – April 20, 2008

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'In eloquent and passionate prose, Caroline Glick examines some of the most important and troubling issues facing Israel and the world. Her message is clear and coherent: Islamic fundamentalism is the greatest challenge facing the West today.' --Benjamin Netanyahu, Former Minister of Finance and Former Prime Minister of Israel

'In a world of self-deception and the desire to find false comfort by escaping the challenges facing the free world and Israel, it is important to hear the sober voice of Caroline Glick which reminds us that the real answers to building a secure world are based on values and not in immediate political gratification.' --Natan Sharansky, Distinguished Senior Fellow, the Shalem Center, Jerusalem, Israel

'Caroline is the sharpest of commentators on Israel and the region - withering in her critique, and all too often vindicated.' --David Horovitz, Editor in Chief, The Jerusalem Post

About the Author

Chicago native Caroline B. Glick, moved to Israel in 1991 after receiving her BA in Political Science from Columbia University, and joined the Israeli army where she served as an officer for five and a half years. In her last three years of military service, Glick was a core member of Israel s negotiating team with the PLO. She was later appointed to serve as then Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's assistant foreign policy advisor. After leaving government in 1998, Glick received a Master s in Public Policy from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. She then returned to Israel where she was hired as a senior commentator and editor at Makor Rishon newspaper (Hebrew). In 2002, Glick joined the Jerusalem Post as senior columnist and deputy managing editor. During Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 she was one of the only female journalists on the front lines with US infantry forces, reporting for the Jerusalem Post, Maariv, Israel TV s Channel 2 and the Chicago Sun Times. Ms. Glick writes two regularly syndicated weekly columns for the Jerusalem Post and a monthly column for the Jewish Press. Her writings, which have also been published in the Wall Street Journal, National Review, the Boston Globe, the Chicago Sun Times, the Washington Times, and other leading magazines and newspapers, focus on the strategic and political issues challenging Israel and the United States. Ms. Glick is the senior fellow for Middle Eastern Affairs at the Center for Security Policy in Washington, DC. In 2003, Ma ariv named her the most prominent woman of the year in Israel. In December 2005, she was awarded the Ben Hecht award for Middle East reporting from the Zionist Organization of America. In January 2006, she was awarded the Abramowitz Prize for Media Criticism by Israel Media Watch. Ms. Glick lives in Jerusalem.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Gefen Publishing House (April 20, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9652294152
  • ISBN-13: 978-9652294159
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,504,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Shalom Freedman HALL OF FAME on April 30, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Caroline Glick has for the past several years written a regular column for 'The Jerusalem Post'. This book is a collection of those columns organized in ten chapters: 1) The War Against Israel 2) The War Against the Free World 3) Israel Alone 4) The Threat of Destruction 5) Israel's Suicide Attempt 6) The Battle for Hearts and Minds 7) Contemporary Thought Police 8) European Betrayal 9) An Israeli in Iraq 10) A Light unto the Nations.
Glick is an incisive, well- informed original and tough writer. Her deep concern is for the security of Israel, and she has an extra- sensitive antenna in detecting dangers and threats. As a Harvard educated native of the United States who served for several years in the Israeli Defense Forces she has a deep knowledge of the political and military systems of both the United States and Israel and the relations between them. While in one sense this book focuses on Israeli security questions it is a must read for anyone who cares about the free world's fight against Terror.
As someone who has lived in Israel for many years I regard myself as fairly knowledgable about the Israeli - Arab conflict. But reading this work I learned and understood much I had not before.
Glick shows how mistaken the Bush strategy and execution has been in the War Against Terror. Embedded with the U.S. forces in Iraq at the beginning of its effort to depose Saddam Hussein she has followed the struggling American effort there closely. She here repeatedly writes about the Americans half- hearted war on Terror,in which they excluded as target a major force of Terror, the Palestinians. She shows how Israel and the United States have played the wrong game in believing withdrawal and concessions would lead to peace.
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The redoubtable Caroline Glick is an outspoken commentator with profound insight into cultural currents, political trends and strategic developments in Europe, North America, Israel and the Middle East. In this collection of columns written from 2002 to 2007 she identifies and analyses the major threats facing Israel and the West. She insists that security, not peace, should be Israel's priority. Considered confrontational by some, Glick boldly challenges wishful thinking, duplicity and denial. The reader is immediately struck by her earlier predictions and conclusions that time has proved correct.

Arranged by theme, the chapters cover the war against the West and against Israel as its frontline representative, all aspects of the global Jihad, the Iranian threat plus the sinister nature of both the Jihadist & the Western appeasement ideology. Israel is the warrior shackled internally by a weak government, subversive political elite and treasonous academics & externally by its indecisive ally the USA, a hostile Europe and the international mass media that overwhelmingly subscribe to political correctness, moral relativism and multiculturalism.

Glick highlights the gravity of the menace on the cultural, economic and military fronts, fearlessly charging Europe with betrayal, exposing the naivety of public discourse in the West and truthfully reporting the real goals of the Palestinian and Arab leadership as they themselves articulate it. In the war of ideas, academia is the source & the mass media the disseminator of anti-Western pieties du jour of which the seeming benevolence masks a toxin of self-loathing, she argues convincingly.
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Israel is America's canary in the coal mine. No one does a better job of demonstrating this canary's importance to World Peace, in general, and to America's well being, in particular - and to the danger to both should this canary be extinguished. Caroline Glick is both brilliant and acutely perceptive. She also has a writing style that is easy to read, which makes the depth of her thinking and the accuracy of her observations that much more readily available to her readers. Glick is one of my favorite observers of the turnoil in the Middle East, whose problems have been made to appear much more complex than they really are. The only real question - which most try to obscure, and which Ms. Glick places in relief - is Does Israel Have the Right To Exist? On a scale of 5 stars, Ms. Glick is a 10-star author with a 20-star mind. KEN ELIASBERG
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I completely agree with Shalom Freedman's assessment - Caroline B. Glick's "Shackled Warrior: Israel and the Global Jihad" is required reading for anyone genuinely interested in a deeper understanding of what is at stake for Israel and the West in the fight against Global Terrorism. Ms. Glick, an incisive and perceptive writer, provides readers with a depth of analysis that most "experts" on the subject of the Arab-Israeli conflict never approach. Glick's writings challenge commonly-held misperceptions about the nature and status of the conflict(s) between Israel and her enemies, yet also raise important questions about Israel's relationship with allies such as the United States, and our places on the world stage. Every word of her writing "tells." I have found no author better informed on the subject than Caroline Glick, and quite possibly no volume better at analyzing the issues than "Shackled Warrior," a highly-readable collection of her work that is difficult to set aside. Five stars is not enough - highest recommendation.
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