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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (56 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter Beinart Narrator: David Slavin Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 George W. Bush, America needs it back.

In this powerful and provocative book, Peter Beinart offers a new liberal vision, based on principles liberals too often forget: That America's goodness cannot simply be asserted; it must be proved. That American leadership is not American empire. And that liberalism cannot merely define itself against the right, but must oppose the totalitarianism that blighted Europe a half century ago, and which stalks the Islamic world today.

With liberals severed from their own history, conservatives have drawn on theirs -- the principles of national chauvinism and moral complacency that America once rejected. The country will reject them again, and embrace the creed that brought it greatness before. But only if liberals remember what that means. It means an unyielding hostility to totalitarianism -- and a recognition that defeating it requires bringing hope to the bleakest corners of the globe. And it means understanding that democracy begins at home.

Peter Beinart's The Good Fight is a passionate rejoinder to the conservatives who have ruled Washington since 9/11. It is an intellectual lifeline for a Democratic Party lying flat on its back. And it is a call for liberals to revive the spirit that swept America, and inspired the world.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Insightful, provocative.”

    New York Times

  • “An intellectual archeologist, Beinart excavates that vanished intellectual tradition and sends it into battle in his new book.”

    Washington Post

  • “Peter Beinart takes us on a vigorous and entertaining search for a usable past . His reasoning must be heard.”

    Thomas Frank, author of What’s the Matter With Kansas

  • “This is a brilliant and provocative book in a great tradition.”

    Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.

  • The Good Fight is a book filled with apt insights and common sense…Recommended for liberals and conservatives.”

    Madeline Albright

  • Beinart, in his deftly argued new book…helpfully grounds the current debate in its oft-forgotten history.

    Boston Globe

  • “A thoughtful, provocative, well-written book.”

    Washington Monthly

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Menz | 6/9/2013

    " clinton and obama camps...please read this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Steve Mount | 11/16/2012

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Arlette | 1/1/2012

    " As a liberal of the old school, I tend to agree with this book. Might deserve another star. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jennifer | 8/10/2011

    " 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. "

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About the Author

Peter Beinart is an associate professor of journalism and political science at the City University of New York and a senior fellow at the New America Foundation. He is the senior political writer for the Daily Beast and a contributor to Time. Beinart is a former fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and the author of The Good Fight. He lives with his family in Washington, DC.