The Fight of Our Lives: Knowing the Enemy, Speaking the Truth, and Choosing to Win the War Against Radical Islam - eBook  -     By: William Bennett, Seth Leibsohn
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Publication Date: 2011
ISBN: 9781595553881
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Refocus on the fight.

Ten years ago, when radical Islamist terrorists used three U.S. airplanes to kill nearly three thousand of our countrymen, America was angry. It was a focused and justified anger—one that generated clear objectives and a willingness to meet them. But that resolve has deteriorated so much that many of our nation’s top political and military leaders will scarcely utter the word that brought us here, “terrorism,” let alone the ideology that fuels it, “radical Islam.”

In The Fight of Our Lives, William J. Bennett and Seth Leibsohn examine the devolution of America’s post-9/11 tenacity and how this country’s well-meaning culture of religious tolerance, coupled with soft and apologetic political leadership, has placed us squarely in the pocket of radical Islamists who have made clear their intention to obliterate everything we value.

America’s devotion to political correctness has crippled its ability to accurately interpret and respond to the motives of its fiercest enemies. Unless we change course and re-engage the fight, the costs of our tolerance will prove tragic and immeasurable.

The Fight of Our Lives helps readers refocus, to reframe and understand the threats we face.

By surveying and explaining the current scene, Bennett and Leibsohn point the way to a future in which our enemies are properly acknowledged and firmly opposed.

“Crucial,” “Timely,” “Brave”—Advanced Praise for The Fight of Our Lives

“An important book. Many have forgotten the mortal threat to America that is radical Islam. Bennett and Leibsohn explain why we must wake up and what we need to do.” ?Mark Levin, nationally syndicated radio talk-show host and author of Liberty and Tyranny 

“This bold and readable book makes a powerful, if controversial, case against appeasing terrorists and those who support them—and in favor of a strong cultural commitment to defeat an enemy bent on our destruction. You may disagree, as I do, with some of its points, but you ignore its central conclusions at your, and our, peril.” ?Alan Dershowitz, Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, Harvard University, and author of Trials Of Zion

“Bill Bennett has been a brilliant sentry in our nation’s cultural life. In this luminous and spirited book, he and co-author Seth Leibsohn sound the alarm on behalf of us all. America can prevail in its struggle against radical Islamism, and they show us exactly how. A book for this moment, written with poise and passion, and suffused with love of country.” ?Fouad Ajami, Johns Hopkins University professor and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution

“Bennett and Leibsohn follow Admiral Nelson’s strategy?“Go right at ’em”?right at both our deadly enemy, radical Islam, and its apologists, and especially right at our own politically correct, self-neutered establishment. A wise, timely, and brave book.” ?R. James Woolsey, former director of Central Intelligence and head of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency

“We are living, as Bennett and Leibsohn say, in ‘the Gelded Age,’ but we won't be living there for long because the forces of radical Islam have not paused in their drive to defeat the West. The Fight of Our Lives rouses the sleepy and the weary. It’s the crucial book of the year.” ?Hugh Hewitt, nationally syndicated radio talk-show host and author of The War Against the West

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"An important book. Many have forgotten the mortal threat to America that is radical Islam. Bennett and Leibsohn explain why we must wake up and what we need to do." - Mark Levin, nationally syndicated radio talk-show host and author of Liberty and Tyranny

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"This bold and readable book makes a powerful, if controversial, case against appeasing terrorists and those who support them—and in favor of a strong cultural commitment to defeat an enemy bent on our destruction. You may disagree, as I do, with some of its points, but you ignore its central conclusions at your, and our, peril." - Alan Dershowitz, Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, Harvard University, and author of Trials Of Zion

"Bill Bennett has been a brilliant sentry in our nation's cultural life. In this luminous and spirited book, he and co-author Seth Leibsohn sound the alarm on behalf of us all. America can prevail in its struggle against radical Islamism, and they show us exactly how. A book for this moment, written with poise and passion, and suffused with love of country." - Fouad Ajami, Johns Hopkins University professor and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution

"Bennett and Leibsohn follow Admiral Nelson's strategy—"Go right at 'em"—right at both our deadly enemy, radical Islam, and its apologists, and especially right at our own politically correct, self-neutered establishment. A wise, timely, and brave book." - R. James Woolsey, former director of Central Intelligence and head of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency

"We are living, as Bennett and Leibsohn say, in 'the Gelded Age,' but we won't be living there for long because the forces of radical Islam have not paused in their drive to defeat the West. The Fight of Our Lives rouses the sleepy and the weary. It’s the crucial book of the year." - Hugh Hewitt, nationally syndicated radio talk-show host and author of The War Against the West

"The Fight of Our Lives is a guide to the struggle now going on in the cockpit between the pilot and ferocious murderers who want to destroy civilization and (especially) themselves. It hits hard: don't read it unless you're strong enough to cope with the truth. Those who care about the fate of this nation ought to read Fight of Our Lives today; don't put it off till tomorrow." - David Gelernter, professor, Yale University, and author of Americanism and Drawing Life: Surviving the Unabomber

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    4 Stars Out Of 5
    a must read!
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    Archie Isib
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    I would recommend this to anybody who wants to evaluate their own life, and get a better look at the impact they are having on this world. What an amazing read.This book is inspiring. As a man I aim to possess the traits the men illustrated in this book have had.The bottom line is that the authors methods can be very useful although there is no guarantee that someone using them will do so for the common good.The book has several lists of what it takes to be an organizer. Although these lists provide insight and guidelines to achieving power...

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  2. Digory Kirke
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    An eye opening experience
    February 13, 2012
    Digory Kirke
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "The Fight of Our Lives: Knowing the Enemy, Speaking the Truth & Choosing to Win the War Against Radical Islam" is a book that speaks volumes, but is a very quick read.

    Do you remember where you were, who you were with, and what you were doing on 9/11/2001? I can remember it like it was yesterday. The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 will be forever etched into the memory of all Americans. It was a day of tragedy, hate, loss, and outrage. It was also a day that propelled the United States into a war with an unconventional enemy. The outrage and anger that Americans felt that day fueled a desire to win the war so that events such as 9-11 never again happened on American soil.

    I also remember the aftermath of flags, patriotic songs, crying families, and praying like had never happened before. But, where have we gone wrong since then that less than 8 years later an attack could happen, yet again, (Fort Hood, Texas) on U.S. soil, from the same point of concept, radical Islam?

    In 1776 Thomas Paine published a small pamphlet called "Common Sense." The author opened his introduction with this sentence: "Perhaps the sentiments contained in the following pages, are not yet sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favor; a long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom."

    In "The Fight of our Lives" William Bennett and Seth Leibsohn approach the subject of Islam in a manner that will likely be "not yet sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favor."

    Bennett and Liebsohn have written this book to wake Americans up to the fact that we are still at war and that radical Islam is the enemy. Through detailed research, interviews, quotes from politicians, military leaders, and Islamic leaders on both sides, the authors chronicle more than ten years of terrorist attacks against the United States and its allies; including the shooting at Ft Hood, embassy bombings, the attack on the USS Cole, and many other that we see daily in the news. Bennett and Liebsohn cite, time and time again, the connection between the Islam and those perpetrating the attacks. "The Fight of our Lives" also demonstrates how US policy has shifted since 9-11. Beginning there, the leadership of our nation used the words "terrorism", "terrorist", and "war" openly and took a firm stance against those harbored terrorists. The authors suggest that through years of tolerance, appeasement, and political correctness, we hardly hear these words anymore. The authors write to remind Americans that terrorism has not went away.

    This book is hard-hitting and to the point. It is very "in your face" about the issues of terrorism and Islam. You may not agree with every point the authors make. You will however be challenged to evaluate the facts and decide for yourself whether or not Islam is the real enemy of the United States.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own and mine alone and no other compensation was received. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  3. Meg Verity
    Age: 25-34
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Call For America To Wake Up Before It's Too Late
    January 26, 2012
    Meg Verity
    Age: 25-34
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    Imagine your nation is at war with an enemy that openly declares its hostility toward it and everything for which it stands. Operating even inside your nation's borders, this enemy will not stop its attacks until your nation is either totally annihilated or completely subjugated. Now imagine your nation refuses to acknowledge the enemy for the threat that it is, routinely making conciliatory gestures toward it and even complimenting it at seemingly every possible opportunity. This, the authors argue, is America's position with respect to the threat of radical Islam.

    Although engaged in a war against radical Islam, the authors maintain America is employing a losing battle strategy: namely, one of appeasement and open denial that gives America little chance of prevailing over those seeking its destruction. So what should America do if it is to be victorious in this struggle?

    First and foremost, the authors argue America needs to openly acknowledge who and what the enemy really is. This requires strong leadership who will use strong language to denounce radical Islam and refuse to appease or make compromises with it. Sadly, such leadership is presently lacking on both sides of the political aisle. Second, America needs to encourage radical Islam to redefine itself in the context of the modern world. Lastly, America also needs to return to its former Christian political culture to strengthen itself so it can withstand the enemy's onslaughts. Only by employing these strategies will America ultimately win the war against radical Islam.

    I found this book to be a quick and easy read, full of facts and citations to back up the authors' claims. The authors write in a clear, straightforward manner, leaving no confusion about their position. As for their solutions, the authors clearly demonstrate the necessity of strong leadership since the politically correct denial of reality has hamstrung America's military efforts. The last two solutions are less likely to occur: Radical Islamists who believe the Koran is God's word are not likely to rewrite or reinterpret it to suit those they despise, and America has made it abundantly clear that she has no interest in returning to any sort of Christian political culture. Given this, it is not clear America can stand against radical Islam, and only time will tell what the outcome will be.

    Although I find the authors' solutions to be currently impractical, I would recommend this book for those wishing to understand what is really going on in present-day America. The information about how both political parties have compromised with racial Islam is sure to be eye-opening and give Americans pause when it comes to the next election. As well, understanding the authors' position will further the dialogue as to how the threat of radical Islam can best be contained. Overall, this is one book worth reading for those interested in winning America's struggle against her enemies.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  4. Meg Verity
    Age: 25-34
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Call For America To Wake Up Before It's Too Late
    January 26, 2012
    Meg Verity
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
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    Imagine your nation is at war with an enemy that openly declares its hostility toward it and everything for which it stands. Operating even inside your nation's borders, this enemy will not stop its attacks until your nation is either totally annihilated or completely subjugated. Now imagine your nation refuses to acknowledge the enemy for the threat that it is, routinely making conciliatory gestures toward it and even complimenting it at seemingly every possible opportunity. This, the authors argue, is America's position with respect to the threat of radical Islam.

    Although engaged in a war against radical Islam, the authors maintain America is employing a losing battle strategy: namely, one of appeasement and open denial that gives America little chance of prevailing over those seeking its destruction. So what should America do if it is to be victorious in this struggle?

    First and foremost, the authors argue America needs to openly acknowledge who and what the enemy really is. This requires strong leadership who will use strong language to denounce radical Islam and refuse to appease or make compromises with it. Sadly, such leadership is presently lacking on both sides of the political aisle. Second, America needs to encourage radical Islam to redefine itself in the context of the modern world. Lastly, America also needs to return to its former Christian political culture to strengthen itself so it can withstand the enemy's onslaughts. Only by employing these strategies will America ultimately win the war against radical Islam.

    I found this book to be a quick and easy read, full of facts and citations to back up the authors' claims. The authors write in a clear, straightforward manner, leaving no confusion about their position. As for their solutions, the authors clearly demonstrate the necessity of strong leadership since the politically correct denial of reality has hamstrung America's military efforts. The last two solutions are less likely to occur: Radical Islamists who believe the Koran is God's word are not likely to rewrite or reinterpret it to suit those they despise, and America has made it abundantly clear that she has no interest in returning to any sort of Christian political culture. Given this, it is not clear America can stand against radical Islam, and only time will tell what the outcome will be.

    Although I find the authors' solutions to be currently impractical, I would recommend this book for those wishing to understand what is really going on in present-day America. The information about how both political parties have compromised with racial Islam is sure to be eye-opening and give Americans pause when it comes to the next election. As well, understanding the authors' position will further the dialogue as to how the threat of radical Islam can best be contained. Overall, this is one book worth reading for those interested in winning America's struggle against her enemies.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  5. LiteraryJohnson
    Denver, Colorado
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Fight of Our Lives: Knowing the Enemy
    October 11, 2011
    LiteraryJohnson
    Denver, Colorado
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Chapter seven, first paragraph brilliantly states the reason we are under serious threat, Obama speaks of Islam as, "a religion of peace" and if you are aware of anything about the Koran you'd realize how ridiculous the concept is by reading, "Slay the idolaters wherever ye find them, arrest them, besiege them, and lie in ambush everywhere for them... Prophet! Make war on the unbelievers and the hypocrites! Hell shall be their home, an evil fate speak for themselves."

    America was established as a country of freedom and now we're a brainwashed country being fed continuous lies about 9/11 and the imminent threat. We are in the fight of our lives. Our ignorance will be our destruction unless we wake up, read, learn the truth and stand up for ourselves.

    I think Bennett balanced the information well without resorting to a rage-filled in your face style which puts off many people. So much of the newspaper, magazine and CNN reports only lightly skirt the situation at hand. Somehow once the media coverage of 9/11 died down, so did the heightened awareness. Bennett paints a very clear picture; we must not forget, retreat or allow current leaders to continue pulling wool. Remember war was declared on us that day.

    As the message for tolerance increases and is pushed upon us, it's like being told to knock down the fortress and just let the enemy come in. Tolerance because we're told they're peaceful but Bennett quotes Professor Bernard Lewis enlightening us to the truth, "Most Muslims are not fundamentalists, and most fundamentalists are not terrorists, but most present-day terrorists are Muslims and proudly identify themselves as such."

    I highly recommend this book, especially if you would like keep the land of the free and home of brave.

    Please note: The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy through BookSneeze® in which I provide a genuine, honest opinion of the book.
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