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  • Written by: Dinesh D'Souza
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What's So Great About America

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America is under attack as never before - not only from terrorists, but from people who provide a rationale for terrorism. Best-selling author Dinesh D'Souza takes on all of America's critics and proves them wrong - as perhaps only a writer with an immigrant's understanding of this country can.

D'Souza presents his case for intelligent patriotism based on an understanding of what really makes America unique in the world. Among other issues, he confronts the hallmarks of criticism of the American way - our history of slavery, colonialism, and materialism. His thought-provoking essay is simply presented. He defends not an idealized America, but America as it really is, and measures America not against utopia, but against the rest of the world.

©2002 Dinesh D'Souza (P)2002 New Millennium Audio, All Rights Reserved

What the critics say

"Engaging and compelling." (Amazon.com review)
"[D'Souza's] fellow travelers will love it; readers on the left will love to hate it." ( Publishers Weekly)
"His voice as a reader is almost without accent, sounding conversational, friendly and engaging." ( Library Journal)

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a brilliant read!

this may be one of the most factual and well written cultural books I have had the pleasure of hearing. although Dinesh is a little slow for me so I had to go at 1.70 speed!

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  • William J. Schleue
  • 2003-01-02

Excellant!

Common sense takes over in this excellant discussion of history and
the USA.

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  • Pc
  • 2005-06-17

A must read non adjenda book by an minority

I was astounded by the fairness and unique perspective of a minority whom does not have a political or social hidden "adjenda", actually feels about the current state of america this june 2005. This book is modern and maybe timeless regarding the post 9/11 era. I will now be more aware and proud of what it means to be an american and why our nation is so wonderful in every cherished freedom we have earned and fought with blood for. Highly recommended to liberals or those who question if we are helping others in the world who are much less fortunate and seemingly get hurt by our capitalism and strength of policy or sphere of influence. Conservatives will like it just as well and relate to minorities more easily when trying to explain why we are the greatest nation in the world, not superior but different to other cultures.

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  • Jill
  • 2004-12-05

Outstanding

I rarely write reviews, but this book is so worthy of your time, I feel compelled to endorse it. I have no idea who the author votes for politically, which speaks volumes for his ability to keep his biases at bay. Very well thought out and reasoned arguments for appreciating and falling in love with your country again.

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  • Michael
  • 2003-07-08

Truly outstanding!

This book was outstanding! It should be required reading at the high school level. Mr. D'Souza has a wonderful ability to break down into concise, yet thourough chapters, the critical aspects of current American life; each of which have been discussed, debated and written about at great length. He provides historical & current political, social and moral perspectives and then leads to thoughtful, well supported, and logical conclusions. If you are entertained by thoughtful insight with relevance to our lives today, you will love this book. I could not stop listening once I started. I will be seeking out his other works.

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  • T. Philips
  • 2003-03-07

Rare Insight

I have read and listened to a lot of material on current events. This writer has a fresh, incisive and objective view. I learned a lot and am looking forward to his other books.

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  • JWeiler
  • 2003-06-06

A Rare Gem

The authors insight, logic, and reasoning is clear and sharp as a diamond and just as valuable. This book crystalizes the essence of what is so great about America and cuts through widely popular fallacies with cold, hard reason. Bravo to Mr. D'Souza for crafting a highly engaging treasure. I was truly captivated. 6 stars!!!

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  • William
  • 2003-11-20

Too much Truth

This is a straight forward and well thought out treatise on the reasons America is so great and also why somen people profess to "hate" America. Well worth multiple listenings!! 10 stars!

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  • Jerald
  • 2012-04-16

Very informative, eye opening and educational

Would you consider the audio edition of What's So Great About America to be better than the print version?

For me it is. I prefer to read while working out, walking or driving

What was one of the most memorable moments of What's So Great About America?

Several parts, the authors attempts to be fair to all sides and tell a balanced story

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me feel wiser

Any additional comments?

I think the author has a very good way of dispensing his information without making me feel he is lined up with any particular view

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  • Elton
  • 2009-04-22

Step away from the cart

This is the first, and last, D'Souza book I have/will read. I enjoy listening to people with different ideas, but flimsy, pedantic, and erroneous critique of political and historical events is a waste of time.
I expected this book to explain why America is a great country, from the perspective of a recent immigrant. What I did not wish to hear was a social commentary on why black people and Native Americans need to thank Western culture for the history it wrought.
This is a tiring mantage of conservative talking points that has nothing to do with the greatness of the greatest country man has had the audacity to create.
Give it a pass.

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  • Ed
  • 2017-08-24

Love for America

Dinesh has such a deep love for America. He, as an immigrant, has a better understanding of what it means to be an American than any progressives.

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