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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (256 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul Berman Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2003 ISBN: 9781415912683
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A manifesto for an aggressive liberal response to terrorist attacks.

One of our most brilliant public intellectuals, Paul Berman has spent his career writing on revolutionary movements and their totalitarian aspects. Here he argues that, in the terror war, we are not facing a battle of the West against Islam—a clash of civilizations. We are facing, instead, the same battle that tore apart Europe during most of the twentieth century, only in a new version. It is the clash of liberalism and its enemies—the battle between freedom and totalitarianism that arose in Europe many years ago and spread to the Muslim world.

The author considers the wars against fascism and communism from the past, and draws cautionary lessons. But he also draws from those past experiences a liberal program for the present—a program that departs in fundamental respects from the policies of the Bush administration.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jrobertus | 1/16/2014

    " a scholarly analysis of liberalism (western, scientific, capitalistic and individualistic) confronting 20th century totalitarianism. pertinent after 9/11, but i think he has an axe to grind about judaism. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 brian | 11/5/2013

    " there is probably no better -- and less recognized -- writer regarding the state of the world than paul berman. this book should really be required reading for all americans. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew | 10/7/2013

    " Outstanding discussion of how modern-day Islamist terrorists are similar to earlier Fascists and Communists in their rejection of liberal values of multiculturalism, democracy, and individualism. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Catherine Fitzpatrick | 9/6/2013

    " Best book of the era. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marieke | 8/27/2013

    " a good illustration of my teardrop theory...that the far left and the far right are not polar opposites but rather meet, pulling the political spectrum into a bulging teardrop. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maite Iracheta | 8/12/2013

    " A sharp historical view to begin to understand what happened in 9/11. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chuck | 4/19/2013

    " This is a very interesting and provocative book that puts totalitarianism into historical perspective during the late 19th and 20th century Europe. Then the author goes on to explain how this manifests itself in acts of terrorism today. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Steven Salaita | 2/8/2013

    " Paul Berman is stupid, really stupid. He's a neoconservative pretending to be a liberal. If he had an ounce of intelligence, he'd be a liberal pretending to be an ex-jihadist. That's where the real money's at. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 R.Joseph | 4/4/2012

    " This book was recommended to me by an individual who must have wanted me to drink the same kool-aide he was drinking. Rather read Norm Chomsky than anything Berman ever has to say. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ben | 10/25/2011

    " Very disappointing book. Was supposed to be the liberal's answer to the neocons war on terror, but it actually was just simplistic crap. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonathan | 8/31/2011

    " Informative. If you want to learn about the middle-east powder keg that has been rumbling since before the cold war you need to pick this book up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kash | 7/8/2009

    " very scholarly and passionately written yet it is a boring read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meredith | 6/23/2008

    " Though a relatively scholarly topic, I found the language very engaging and easy to understand. Paul Berman has clearly done a lot of research and conveys his thesis well. I also recommend this book as a good way to get a wide berth on subways! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alfons | 2/28/2008

    " Changed my perspectives on contemporary history and current events. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John-paul Pagano | 2/13/2008

    " Indispensible to understanding the intellectual-historical underlay of our conflict with the Middle East. Disparaged as neoconservative scripture by all the right people, read this if you want to build a framework for analyzing the irrational dimension of our geopolitical struggle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Buck | 12/9/2007

    " There's a lot I could say about this book, but I'm saving it for MFSO. We'll need something to chat about in those languid, post-coital moments. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joseph Reynolds | 5/26/2005

    " It's a literary read. There's a lot going on here to make a rather simple point. It's okay, but can't really recommend it for all. Bit too lofty sometimes. "

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About the Author

Paul Berman writes about politics and literature for the New Republic, the New York Times Book Review, and other magazines. His books have been translated into thirteen languages. He lives in New York City.

About the Narrator

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.