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The Enemy at Home: The Cultural Left and Its Responsibility for 9/11

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“In this book I make a claim that will seem startling at the outset. The cultural left in this country is responsible for causing 9/11. … In faulting the cultural left, I am not making the absurd accusation that this group blew up the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. I am saying that the cultural left and its allies in Congress, the media, Hollyw
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published January 16th 2007 by Doubleday
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Krista
Despite its inflammatory title, this book was extremely informative and well-researched. It confronted a number of (mis)conceptions on both sides about who’s angry about what, and finally framed the Islamic view of America in terms that I understand. The frame is a moral divide – in America. D’Souza makes the point that in the U.S, there is “secular left” which is equal and opposite to the “Christian right”, and the secular left is the bulk of what is being exported in popular culture and entert ...more
Esther
I do not like the title of this book. It states liberals bear moral blame for 9/11. Only those who did the deed bear the blame for that particular deed. So I do not like the title. I do not like the title, yet I do think it is good someone has pointed out something that has been overlooked. It has been overlooked by those on the political left in America who think we should (I think the expression is correct) “make nice” with the Muslims of the world to prevent 9/11 type acts. These people think ...more
Carol Storm
Brilliant and disturbing when he's analyzing the Muslim world -- fall down laughing funny when he tries scolding "decadent" America for giving too many rights to "feminists and homosexuals."
John
Most people assume that it was American right-wing foreign policy and empire building that sparked the resentment behind 9/11 and other Islamic terrorist attacks. D'Souza, however, shows that such rationales had little or nothing to do with it. Instead, terrorists like bin Laden have been quite vocal in saying that their actions were a retaliatory attack on what they saw as the degeneracy of American culture (legalized gay marriage, alcohol and drug abuse, promiscuity, feminism, no-fault divorce ...more
Camille
Brilliant! It has been a long time since I really felt like I learned something from a book advancing a political opinion. This book is a must read for understanding the war on terror and "why they hate us". It confronts current common explanations in a clear, reasonable way.

Basically, D'Souza argues that the war on terror is not a war between Islam and Christianity or even between Islam and the U.S. but a war of the Traditional vs. Radical. Traditional Islam vs. Radical Islam and Traditional A
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Ayame Sohma
Before 9/11 widows had time to properly mourn and direct the country's attention to security breaches, inadequacies and naive paradigms of invincibility, out comes Dinesh D'Souza with a tome aimed at having his party of preference re-elected in 2008.

According to the author, the Muslim extremists who plotted and executed the worst terrorist attack on American soil was justified and encouraged by the cultural left. Why? Hollywood norms of gay rights, open sexuality and sexual equality between men
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Keith
One of the best books I have ever read. It is rare that I go into an argument where I have very strong opinions on the subject and have my mind changed or my perspective drastically altered, but Dinesh D'Souza made extremely convincing arguments (for the most part) that I think would convince a lot of people to see things his way. I read a number of the other reviews of this book, and pretty much all of the people who gave it 1 or 2 stars cited reasons that were exceedingly weak and almost makes ...more
John
Dinesh D'Souza does his homework. He studies the enemy, be it foreign or domestic, explains the details that 99.9 percent of Americans are missing, then lays out a case for fixing stuff. This guy should be on the staff of any Republican presidential hopeful. His prose is clear and entertaining. He takes sides and is not afraid to name names. I've read several of his books since I started with the insightful The Roots of Obama's Rage, and they've all been great.
Bethany
I agree with most of what he says, blaming the crap in American culture for some of the backlash we're seeing from the more traditionally minded world, but I think setting up American liberals to take the fall for 9/11 is unnecessarily inflammatory.
Dustin
A great book exposing the lefts responsibility for 911 and other problems our country is facing. A real eye opener to liberal bias in the media as well...you'll never watch the news the same way again.
Indrani
I just didn't agree with what this author had to say about the so called liberals.
Pieter
The author wonders why muslims are so hateful towards the United States. Because the latter favours the spread of homosexuality and other leftist ideals (feminism, divorce,...). This upsets not only violent radical muslims like Al Qaida. But most muslims in general, that share the conservative values of the right in the US and Europe, the so called traditional muslims.

It is a pity that D'Souza suggests to leave Europe alone as its moral decadence is irreparable. And why are muslims frustrated in
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Rebecca
Everybody loves a good screed that's all about how you're right and everyone else is wrong--me included. But for actual, legitimate discussion, you really need more reasoned arguments and talking points. I am still not sure what I think of his point...I think I tentatively agree, but he's right when he says his hypothesis is completely different from anything else out there. It's certainly the first I've heard anything like it. I'd be a little skeptical of this "lone voice crying in the wildness ...more
The American Conservative
'Dinesh D’Souza’s The Enemy at Home: The Cultural Left and Its Responsibility for 9/11 is really three separate books jammed together in one package: a persuasive though hardly original account of the Culture War in America; an engaging rendition of the Left’s hostility toward traditional cultures around the world and its attempt to break down the morality undergirding those cultures; and an unconvincing attempt to link the first two books to the third, a defense of the Bush administration’s pol ...more
Paul Kimbrough
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This is a good book. it gave me several different incites plaguing our country and political war. it insightful to understand how our political left and right wings aware clashing in the war on terror.

Brian Olson
Provacative, but not as accusatory as the title suggests. His thesis is that the left's cultural agenda for our society is a large part of what radical islamists hate about our civilization. He's got a point, but I think our differences with muslim radicals are deeper than that: even if we were a perfect model of stereotypical 50's convervatism, the islamists would still hate us because we don't pray toward Mecca five times a day.
Karl  Rundel
I will start by saying that the title is more provocative than the meat of the book. Dinesh lays out a very informative case against the left, stating America's moral decline being the root cause of 9/11. Though I enjoyed the writing style and found the book informative, I do not believe the basic thesis. Muslim aggression is so dreadfully prevalent around the world and in many places where our culture does not reach.
Peter Galamaga
This book has some great material in it regarding Islamic extremism and how people on the political left and right fail to understand it. Unfortunately, the author also tries to affix blame on the political left and does so unconvincingly. American cultural rot has been an all hands affair.
Kathleenob
So far he has argued persuasively about both the dangers of both conservative and Liberal approaches to foreign policy.
Richard Gray
Very informative and timely. Well written
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A former policy analyst in the Reagan White House, Dinesh D'Souza graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Dartmouth College in 1983. He served as John M. Olin Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and the Robert and Karen Rishwain Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. D'Souza writes primarily about Christianity, patriotism and American politics. In 2014, he was convicted of violati ...more
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