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Publisher's Summary

From two of the country's arch-neoconservatives, a Bush speechwriter and the influential Chairman of the Defense Policy Board, comes a new book of policy on how to strengthen America. Frum and Perle allege that despite the American conquest of Iraq, Americans are not very safe in the world around them, and that the U.S. government remains unready to defend its people. They sound the alert about the present danger, and give a detailed, candid account of America's vulnerabilities: a military whose leaders resist change; intelligence agencies mired in bureaucracy; and diplomats who put friendly relations with their foreign colleagues ahead of the nation's interests. They lay out a bold program to defend America...and to win the war on terror.
David Frum, a former special assistant to President George W. Bush, is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and a contributing editor of National Review.

Richard Perle served as an assistant secretary of defense in the Reagan administration and as chairman of the Defense Policy Board under President George W. Bush. He is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.

Hear David Frum, Ken Adelman, Mark Danner, and Katha Pollitt discuss the future of neoconservatism at The New Yorker Festival.

©2004 David Frum and Richard Perle (P)2004 Books on Tape, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"A highly charged domestic and foreign policy manifesto for dealing with the terrorist threat....This is a comprehensive, no-nonsense primer on the conservative approach to handling the terrorist threat." (Publishers Weekly)
"It is now possible to describe a neoconservative foreign policy, and David Frum and Richard Perle's new a useful guide to it....Intelligent and worthwhile." (The New York Times Book Review)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Danioton on 08-14-04

Excellent Analysis of America's Options

Well thought out presentation of the terrorist problem and possible solutions facing America. Those who see our terrorist threat primarily as a legal problem will react badly to what the authors have to say (and might even try to score the book low not on its merits, but because they're afraid of its content and want to supress a valid point of view). Those who see a need for solutions with less due process and more direct action will appreciate the analysis. The work is an excellent contribution to the debate over where we go from here.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Jeffrey on 08-12-04

Neo Con propaganda at its worst

I listened to this book because I have seen Perle in interviews on PBS's Frontline documentaries, where he always comes off as very calm, lucid, knowledgeable and earnest, despite his reputation as a rabid neo-con and a self described "hard-liner".
That said, after reading this book Perle has lost all credibilty with me. He knowingly uses discredited information throughout the book to support his arguments, apparently assuming that many of the people that will read this book are ignorant of information readily available in the press. He rails against Saudi Arabia as a corrupt, oppressive, terrorist sponsoring nation and blames the US govt for coddling them, then gives the Bush administration a complete pass on the topic, despite the fact that the Bush administration has the worst record of muzzling criticism of Saudi Arabia, and, not coincidentally, more conflicts of interests with regard to shared financial interests with Saudis than any other administration.
Apparently Perle muzzles his own criticism of Bush because Bush has bought into the Perle's dream of establishing permanent US world dominance by any means necessary, including preemptive warfare against weak nations who oppose us (and I'm not just talking about Iraq. That's just the beginning for Perle).

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