Still the Best Hope: Why the World Needs American Values to Triumph (Unabridged)
by Dennis Prager
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In this visionary book, Dennis Prager, one of America's most original thinkers, contends that humanity confronts a monumental choice. The whole world must decide between American values and its two oppositional alternatives: Islamism and European-style democratic socialism. Prager - a bestselling author, columnist, and nationally syndicated radio talk show host who is read and heard by millions of people in America and abroad - makes the case for the American value system as the most viable program ever devised to produce a good society. Those values are explained here more clearly and persuasively than ever before. Still the Best Hope deals with three huge themes: The first is perhaps the most persuasive explanation for why Leftism has been and will always be a moral failure, despite its acknowledged appeal to many people of goodwill. The second explains why fundamentalist Islam, despite its historic and growing appeal, cannot make a good society. But Prager holds out hope for an open and tolerant Islam and explains why it will emerge from faithful American Muslims. The third is a singularly persuasive defense and explanation of what Prager calls the "American Trinity": liberty, values rooted in the Creator, and the melting-pot ideal. These values are inscribed on every American coin as "Liberty," "In God We Trust," and "E Pluribus Unum," and they are the reasons for America's greatness. Without them, America will cease to be an exceptional nation, and therefore cease to be America. Prager shows why these values can and must be adopted by every nation and culture in the world, why Americans must relearn and recommit to these values, and why America must vigorously export them. For if the world does not adopt American values, the result will be chaos and barbarism on an unprecedented scale.
Brilliant. Insightful. Thought-provoking.
I've already listened to it twice. It is so dense with insight, you forget as much as you retain. As someone who has suffered the decline of America for the past two solid decades, I have a slight hope, now. If someone can see hope, if there is a way to stave off the left and China, if the heart of America can be revived, maybe it's not too late. The book crystallizes the problems I have noticed or wondered at over the years. Prager doesn't just see the same thing, he sees the how and why as well. And then he explains it. It's 15 hours of condensed truth. All you have to do is distill it and distribute it. The world can be saved for less than $25. Beat that.
Why America matters
Thanks for a great book, Dennis. It answered a lot of questions about Leftists, Liberals, and Islamists. Narration is good and keeps the listener engaged.