Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Anti-Americanism Is Revived Anti-Semetism

Here is my review from this decent book (gave it three out of five stars):
The most important thesis in the book is not one he addresses in full: Anti-Americanism is a new label for the tried and true Anti-Semetism.

John Gibson's writing style is much like my own in college--I used to beat around the Bush making strong parallel arguments but never coming right and saying exactly what I mean.

This is a departure from Gibson's "My Word" on Fox News. Unlike his contemporaries, he speaks with clarity like Fred Barnes of the Weekly Standard. The chapter titles in the book are just as straight-forward, but he doesn't connect the dots until the last few paragraphs of each.

The book, like MisUnderestimated by Bill Sammon, is written like an ongoing dialogue; Gibson would make a much stronger argument if he goes beyond saying, "yes they hate us," and saying, "they hate us for the same reason they hate the jews in Europe."

The book is a quick read, and for that I give it 4 out of 5 stars. If you read this book knowing ahead of time that he is trying to draw parallels between anti-Americanism and anti-Semitism you will get more from the book if you are simply reading it to figure out why everyone hates us.

That fact should be clear before even getting past the Preface.

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