Saturday, December 20, 2008

Patriotic Grace or The Way of the World

Patriotic Grace: What It Is and Why We Need It Now

Author: Peggy Noonan


One of America's most prominent and bestselling conservative columnists and authors has made headlines in this election season by breaking with Bush, and writing positively about Obama. Now, with a stirring call to patriotism for all Americans, regardless of party, she offers the perfect gift book and election-season read for all thoughtful Americans.


In this season of harsh rhetoric and angry political passions, Peggy Noonan's Wall Street Journal column has been must reading for thoughtful liberals and conservatives alike. Now she issues an urgent call for all Americans to put these passions aside and support whoever becomes the next President. Because it is not the threats and challenges we face, but how we face them, that defines who we are as Americans.

The Way of the World

Author: Ron Suskind

Ron Suskind’s book promises to be a bracing international thriller – an ensemble of uranium merchants and panicked diplomats, stealthy Jihadist soldiers and CIA operatives, anxious Muslim children and angry world leaders – a diverse cast of players who will define the struggle between hope and fear in the modern era. Suskind will close the Bush years – a period he has helped to define – with a startling glimpse at what America actually faces across the roiling world. In the intelligence and military communities, the overwhelming concern is the uncontrolled spread of nuclear weapons and the ingredients from which weapons can be composed across a globe exploding with conflict and anti-American fervour. It is a failure of government that we are left with this overwhelming security issue – both domestically, where our security is deeply compromised, and internationally, where we face a host of seen and unseen threats.

This book will explode in the middle of an election year with unparalleled disclosures and analysis. The book’s nature and timing will place it at the very centre of the election battle as it enters its final six months. It will be a must-read for anyone hoping to exercise truly informed consent.

The New York Times - Michael Crowley

The rare writer who combines excellent reporting with a knack for novelistic writing about real people, [Suskind] skillfully traces several inter­woven stories of cultural clashes and cross-pollination, all of them pursuing the question of whether America and the Muslim world can ever look past their differences and find understanding…Much like Suskind's previous books about the Bush administration, The Price of Loyalty and The One Percent Doctrine, The Way of the World, though occasionally breathless, is a reportorial feat—particularly when it comes to chronicling the internal machinations of the administration's national security team.

The New York Times - Mark Danner

…a complex, ambitious, provocative, risky and often maddening book. In a crowded, highly talented field, Mr. Suskind bids fair to claim the crown as the most perceptive, incisive, dogged chronicler of the inner workings of the Bush administration…Behind the highly promoted scandals in The Way of the World lies a complex web of intersecting stories, the plotlines of a varied traveling company of actors whose doings Mr. Suskind chronicles with meticulous care…These narratives and others perform, in Mr. Suskind's hands, an intricate arabesque and manage, to a rather remarkable degree, to show us, in this age of terror, "the true way of the world."

The Washington Post - Alan Cooperman

Let's put aside, for a moment, the question of whether investigative reporter Ron Suskind's new book is properly considered nonfiction (as he and his publisher assert) or fiction (as the Bush administration and various critics contend). It's unquestionably a narrative: a humorous, indignant, touching story whose "characters"—as Suskind revealingly calls them—learn that America's most effective defense against international terrorism is not torture or wiretapping but the "moral energy" that flows from truthfulness, generosity, integrity and optimism.

Publishers Weekly

Suskind's take on the downfall of America's authority begins with what led to the attacks on September 11 and charts the country's subsequent tarnished international identity. Tackling tough issues with historic disclosures (including the accusation that members of the U.S. government forged documents and lied to win approval for going to war in Iraq), the Pulitzer Prize-winning former Wall Street Journal reporter offers compelling and provocative stories. Unfortunately, Alan Sklar's narration will surely cause many listeners to lose interest. Sklar tends to drone and his dry, monotone voice bears very little passion or intensity. His uninspired reading lessens the impact of Suskind's masterful research. A HarperCollins hardcover. (Sept.)

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