The Good Fight
Why Liberals---And Only Liberals---Can Win the War on Terror and Make America Great Again
By Peter Beinart
HarperCollins, Hardcover, 9780060841614, 304pp.
Publication Date: June 1, 2006
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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 greatness cannot simply be asserted; it must be proved. That to be good, America does not have to be pure. That American leadership is not American empire. And that liberalism cannot merely define itself against the right, but must fervently 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, in a nation that does not merely preach about justice, but becomes more just itself.
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.
"An intellectual archeologist, Beinart excavates that vanished intellectual tradition and sends it into battle in his new book."
-The Washington Post
"The Good Fight is a book filled with apt insights and common sense . Recommended for liberals and conservatives."
"Beinart, in his deftly argued new book, . . . helpfully grounds the current debate in its oft-forgotten history."
-The Boston Globe
"Beinart has given Democrats a blueprint for . taking back the White House."
-Samantha Power, author of A Problem from Hell
"A thoughtful, provocative, well-written book."
-Thomas Friedman, The New York Times
"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.