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World War IV: The Long Struggle Against Islamofascism

3.54 of 5 stars 3.54  ·  rating details  ·  101 ratings  ·  14 reviews
For almost half a century—as a magazine editor and as the author of numerous bestselling books and hundreds of articles—Norman Podhoretz has helped drive the central political and intellectual debates in this country. Now, in this provocative and powerfully argued book, he takes on the most controversial issue of our time—the war against the global network of terrorists th ...more
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Published September 11th 2007 by Vintage (first published 2007)
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Paul Rhodes
Jul 18, 2008 Paul Rhodes rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Serial Killers
Recommended to Paul by: Two neo-con psychopaths
Should be subtitled: There is no God but The United States of America, and W. is its prophet.
Elliot Ratzman
It’s important for progressives to take conservatives seriously, to see if there are points we haven’t considered, to know and weigh the arguments. Assuming that this book, by neo-con chief Norman Podhoretz, longtime editor of Commentary, is the best that that camp can do for making the case for “the long struggle against Islamofascism” and here, The Bush Doctrine—that “Islam” is the heir to Totalitarianism and must be fought ignoring the Realist School of politics. Well, Podhoretz is a Jewish A ...more
The title to this book is deceiving. It implies that the book will discuss the ins and outs of the war against Islamofacists. The book itself, however, is more of a discussion of the Bush Doctrine and the politics involved with the current war on global terrorism.

This is not to say that the book is bad - it is actually quite good. The author solidly defends Bush and his policies and makes a good case for his legacy to be re-evaluated in a favorable manner in the future. Bush haters will not lik
Amy Robertson
Podhoretz thinks that anyone who disagrees with him clings to their ideas merely out of ego or to maintain "their comfortable lodgings" in their academic or journalistic establishments. No one who disagrees with "the Bush Doctrine" could possibly do so from conviction but only from expediency. And those who try to fool us with their copious footnotes (Podhoretz sources nothing) -- well, they are nothing but clever tricksters we must guard against.
He would be laughable (a larger than life caricat
Not his best work.
World War III was the Cold War. World War IV is the war against Islamofascism -- a more specific and accurate enemy than "terrorism," Podhoretz argues. Comparing our current war to the world wars shows that we must be prepared for a lengthy, expensive war and great loss of life -- and that it is worth it for world freedom.

Podhoretz reviews US foreign policy since WWII and examines Bush's speeches to argue that Bush has a coherent strategy -- the Bush Doctrine -- that is analogous to the Truman D
Jul 07, 2008 MG rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People interested in the GWOT and why we are in it
Recommended to MG by: Amazon Recommended
This a very imformative, although dry, book.

WW IV reads more like a history text book than an actual commentary on the Global War on Terror.

I'm not knocking the book, it's very, very good. It's exhaustively researched, well written, but to be honest, I was kind of happy that I got through the whole thing.

Isuppose this is one of the dangers of reading as much non-fiction as I do: sometimes, the author does TOO good a job of sticking to the facts. I would have liked some more of the authors insig
Isolationists and pacifists are either breathtakingly uninformed or worse, choose to have no contextual understanding of history, evil men, murderous ideologies. This sobering reminder of the overriding challenge of our time is superb, sublime, sobering, supportive of the great heroes of our time ... who know freedom is everything and freedom is not ever free.
Interesting perspective. Turns 9/11 into the "the shot heard round the world" at Concord. Takes the position that WWIII was the 40-50 years of Cold War, and the current "War on Terrorism" should actually be viewed as a long WWIV that is s not going to come to a tidy conclusion any time soon.
Brian Olson
Very good book about Bush foreign policy and why it will not be changed any time soon. Title refers to the Cold War as World War 3, hence the current war is World War IV.
Urey Patrick
If you read nothing else about the Islamic threat - read this book and The Looming Tower by Wright.
A real eye opener on Global Politics, especially American foreign policy.
Good, but dry. Instead, please read Mark Steyn's "America Alone".
Read it. It'll wake you up.
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