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The Good Fight: Why Liberals -- And Only Liberals --Can Win the War on Terror and Make America Great Again

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Once upon a time, liberals knew what they believed. They believed America must lead the world by persuasion, not command. And they believed that by championing freedom overseas, America itself could become more free. That liberal spirit won America's trust at the dawn of the cold war. Then it collapsed in the wake of Vietnam. Now, after 9/11, and the failed presidency of George W. Bush, America needs it back.

In this powerful and provocative book, Peter Beinart offers a new liberal vision, based on principles liberals too often forget: That America's greatness cannot simply be asserted; it must be proved. That to be good, America does not have to be pure. That American leadership is not American empire. And that liberalism cannot merely define itself against the right, but must fervently oppose the totalitarianism that blighted Europe a half century ago, and which stalks the Islamic world today.

With liberals severed from their own history, conservatives have drawn on theirs — the principles of national chauvinism and moral complacency that America once rejected. The country will reject them again, and embrace the creed that brought it greatness before. But only if liberals remember what that means. It means an unyielding hostility to totalitarianism — and a recognition that defeating it requires bringing hope to the bleakest corners of the globe. And it means understanding that democracy begins at home, in a nation that does not merely preach about justice, but becomes more just itself.

Peter Beinart's The Good Fight is a passionate rejoinder to the conservatives who have ruled Washington since 9/11. It is an intellectual lifeline for a Democratic Party lying flaton its back. And it is a call for liberals to revive the spirit that swept America, and inspired the world.

Review:

"This stimulating manifesto calls for a liberalism that battles Islamist totalitarianism as forthrightly as Cold War liberals opposed Communist totalitarianism. Former New Republic editor Beinart assails both an anti-imperialist left that rejects the exercise of U.S. power and the Bush administration's assumption of America's moral infallibility. America shouldn't shrink from fighting terrorism, despite civilian casualties and moral compromises, he contends, but its antitotalitarian agenda must be restrained by world opinion, international institutions and liberal self-doubt, while bolstered by economic development aid abroad and economic equality at home. Beinart offers an incisive historical account of the conflicts straining postwar liberalism and of the contradictions, hubris and incompetence of Bush's actions. He's sketchier on what a liberal war on terror entails — perhaps a cross between Clinton's Balkan humanitarian interventions and the Afghanistan operation, with U.S. forces descending on Muslim backwaters to destroy jihadists and build nations. The tragic conundrum of a fighting liberalism that avoids enmeshment in a Vietnam or Iraq (the author now repudiates his early support of the Iraq war) is never adequately addressed. Still, Beinart's provocative analysis could stir much-needed debate on the direction of liberal foreign policy." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Shortly after losing the 2004 presidential election in a campaign dominated by national security issues, Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) appeared at a party for his staff. After dutifully thanking his glum team for trying to put him in the Oval Office, he praised them for going before the country with a message. 'Everyone in that room was on edge,' one staffer later remarked, 'because everyone wanted... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Review:

"The Good Fight is a book filled with apt insights and common sense....Recommended for liberals and conservatives." Madeleine Albright

Review:

"Beinart has given Democrats a blueprint for...taking back the White House." Samantha Power, author of A Problem from Hell

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"Peter Beinart takes us on a vigorous and entertaining search for a usable past....His reasoning must be heard." Thomas Frank, author of What?s the Matter with Kansas

Review:

"This is a brilliant and provocative book in a great tradition." Arthur Schlesinger, Jr

Synopsis:

From the editor of "The New Republic" comes a bold argument about how liberals can win the war on terror by fighting for freedom at home and abroad.

About the Author

Peter Beinart is editor at large of the New Republic. He writes a monthly column for the Washington Post and is a contributor to Time magazine as well as a regular commentator on television. He lives with his wife and son in Washington, D.C.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060841614
Subtitle:
Why Liberals---and Only Liberals---Can Win the War on Terror and Make America Great Again
Author:
Beinart, Peter
Author:
by Peter Beinart
Publisher:
Harper
Subject:
History
Subject:
Liberalism
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Terrorism
Subject:
Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
Political Ideologies - Conservatism & Liberalism
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20060530
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
6 1/8 x 9

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Product details 304 pages HarperCollins Publishers - English 9780060841614 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This stimulating manifesto calls for a liberalism that battles Islamist totalitarianism as forthrightly as Cold War liberals opposed Communist totalitarianism. Former New Republic editor Beinart assails both an anti-imperialist left that rejects the exercise of U.S. power and the Bush administration's assumption of America's moral infallibility. America shouldn't shrink from fighting terrorism, despite civilian casualties and moral compromises, he contends, but its antitotalitarian agenda must be restrained by world opinion, international institutions and liberal self-doubt, while bolstered by economic development aid abroad and economic equality at home. Beinart offers an incisive historical account of the conflicts straining postwar liberalism and of the contradictions, hubris and incompetence of Bush's actions. He's sketchier on what a liberal war on terror entails — perhaps a cross between Clinton's Balkan humanitarian interventions and the Afghanistan operation, with U.S. forces descending on Muslim backwaters to destroy jihadists and build nations. The tragic conundrum of a fighting liberalism that avoids enmeshment in a Vietnam or Iraq (the author now repudiates his early support of the Iraq war) is never adequately addressed. Still, Beinart's provocative analysis could stir much-needed debate on the direction of liberal foreign policy." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "The Good Fight is a book filled with apt insights and common sense....Recommended for liberals and conservatives."
"Review" by , "Beinart has given Democrats a blueprint for...taking back the White House."
"Review" by , "Peter Beinart takes us on a vigorous and entertaining search for a usable past....His reasoning must be heard."
"Review" by , "This is a brilliant and provocative book in a great tradition."
"Synopsis" by , From the editor of "The New Republic" comes a bold argument about how liberals can win the war on terror by fighting for freedom at home and abroad.

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