Sunday, April 23, 2006

Sunday Book Reviews

Guests of the Ayatollah: The First Battle in America's War with Militant Islam by Mark Bowden. Reviewed in the Los Angeles Times by Evan Wright: "Telling the story of the U.S. Embassy personnel taken hostage and the failed military mission to rescue them places Bowden in familiar terrain. But "Guests of the Ayatollah" aspires to something more. Bowden aims to investigate the complexities of what he labels 'The First Battle in America's War With Militant Islam.' Of the many questions he promises to explore, most pertinent are those he asks in the opening chapter: 'Who were the Iranian protesters?' and 'What were their motives?'"

Decade of Nightmares: The End of the Sixties and the Making of Eighties America by Philip Jenkins. Reviewed in the New York Times by Jacob Heilbrunn: "Dismissing the notion that conservative elites are duping the unwashed in the hinterlands into supporting the Republican Party, he argues for something of a return to the paranoid thesis, but with a twist. Jenkins's United States is, at bottom, a country of scared ninnies, masking its fears with an outward show of bravado. Instead of manipulating the public, conservative leaders from Ronald Reagan to George W. Bush have simply responded to its anxieties."

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