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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 G ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published May 30th 2006 by Harper (first published 2006)
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'This book has to be read as part of the thrust, parry, and jostle going on within the milky political spiral that is the Democratic Party. The author, Peter Beinart, is a war Democrat. His allegiance is to the Lieberman faction in the party. “Just as Vietnam turned liberals against the cold war, Iraq has now turned them [Howard Dean-type liberals] against the war on terror. America badly needs an alternative vision,” he writes, “for fighting global jihad. And yet the liberalism emerging today d ...more
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Mostly, this book is out of date for the current political climate. The first half seemed to be a convoluted history of the democratic party, including asides for every small political faction that might have been an important player at some point, but has zero relevance for today. Although a history of the Democratic party would be a book I'd be interested in reading, this was not what this book was supposed to be and wasn't particularly interesting.
I did think the points made in the second hal
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Mar 13, 2009 Steve Mount rated it really liked it
A bit dense, but still a good history lesson and reinforcement of what makes liberal values so important to the United States today and in the past. I used the title as the title of my first Liberally Speaking column.
Doris
Jun 01, 2012 Doris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting book with a well thought out line of thought. The overall lean seemed more to the right than the left, but overall it was good and concisely written.
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I bought this book when I attended Beinart's lecture at Syracuse University this week. He was so intelligent, and well-informed, and well-spoken, his book just has to be good.
Jennifer
Oct 02, 2007 Jennifer rated it really liked it
I think I might have found a little bit of optimism that we, as a country, don't have to go to hell in a hand basket.
Arlette
Feb 24, 2008 Arlette rated it really liked it
As a liberal of the old school, I tend to agree with this book. Might deserve another star.
Patrick
Jun 03, 2007 Patrick rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: liberals
I didn't really listen to it on CD...I just couldn't find the print version.
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clinton and obama camps...please read this book.
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Peter Beinart is the author of The Crisis of Zionism and The Icarus Syndrome: A History of American Hubris and The Good Fight. A former editor of The New Republic, he is an associate professor of journalism and political science at the City University of New York, a senior fellow at the New America Foundation, and the senior political writer for The Daily Beast. He lives with his family in New Yor ...more
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