|Reviewer: Mark Lamendola, author
of over 4000 articles in print or online. |
September 11, we've all been bombarded with opinions from armchair quarterbacks,
myopic intellectuals, Pollyanna liberals, deskbound philosophers, sound
bite journalists, and various unqualified people expounding from their
limited world view while assuming only they have the right answers.
Thinking people have tended to disregard all such opinions, because
none of them hold up under close examination.
What we've been looking for is something that explains
what happened--and where we're headed--from a perspective that doesn't
serve an ideological agenda. And we've been looking for that because
an ideological agenda is what those terrorists had on that day--more
of the same is not an answer.
The answer we really want is, "What's next?"
We want to see what's ahead for us. Lee Harris helps us look ahead by
first looking back. He takes us through the various stages of civilization
and shows us how each rose to prominence and what drove it one to survive
as long as it did.
For example, Sparta enjoyed 500 years in which it
was never conquered, never had a civil war, and was never ruled by a
tyrant. Even the United States cannot boast of such things--the USA
has been around for less than half that time, had a very bloody Civil
War, and is today ruled by a slew of law-breaking tyrants in government
agencies (as was documented in Senator Roth's 12 televised hearings
on the IRS). What gave Sparta such an amazing track record?
After explaining the source of Sparta's success,
Harris moves forward through history. Along the way, he examines subsequent
Western civilizations from the Roman Empire to nineteenth century Poland.
It is on this journey that we see, for example, why the United States
changed from a loose alliance of states to a nation with a strong central
government. And we see why Poland failed to do so and what the consequences
were. It's fascinating to watch Harris unfold events to expose the cultural
foundations behind them, including how Hitler and Mussolini rose to
The book is far from being a dry history lesson,
or really a history lesson at all. It's an education in how and why
world events happen. Harris provides that education by providing the
reader with a factual foundation then making the reader think. Having
such an education will help you understand where we are headed and why.
It will help you understand what the USA must do, in its role as the
world's Samurai. The USA wields a mighty sword, while also adhering
to a code of behavior that people of other nations expect us to continue
to uphold simply because of who we are. Harris explains what that code
is, how it came to be, and why it is in the best interests of the USA
to continue to uphold it.
The USA, despite its relatively short history, Civil
War in its 9th decade, and present infestation of tyrants, is still
the world's great hope. And not just because it has more military might
and more wealth than any other nation in history. The nation is a microcosm
of the world's cultures--the great melting pot--and the implications
of that are profound. How much responsibility to the rest of the world
comes with that? Answer the question for yourself, after reading this