Thursday, October 14, 2021

WE DIDN’T FIGHT FOR SOCIALISM: AMERICA’S VETERANS SPEAK UP, by Oliver L. North  (Author), David Goetsch (Author)

Publisher: ‎ Fidelis Publishing (July 21, 2021)

Veterans we interviewed and surveyed for this book as well as veterans we have talked to over the years made it clear they did not join the military to fight for socialism. Many of the veterans interviewed and surveyed for this book said they served in the military because they loved the freedom and opportunity afforded them by our country as well as the values that have long characterized America. To them, America has always been the good guy in the community of nations. A socialist America, in the eyes of these veterans, will no longer be a good guy.

OLIVER NORTH is a combat decorated U.S. Marine, #1 best-selling author, founder of a small business and holder of three U.S. patents. For seventeen years he was a syndicated columnist and host of “War Stories” on FOX News Channel. In May 2018, he retired from FOX News to serve as the 66th president of the National Rifle Association of America. 

WEBSITE: https://www.olivernorth.com/

North was born in San Antonio, Texas in 1943, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1968 and served twenty-two years as a U.S. Marine. His awards for service in combat include the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for valor, and two Purple Hearts for wounds in action.

From 1983-86 he served as Counter-Terrorism Coordinator on the National Security Council staff. He helped plan the rescue of U.S. students on Grenada, the liberation of American hostages, the capture of the Achille Lauro hijackers and the raids on Muammar Gadhafi’s terror bases; after which he was targeted for assassination by Abu Nidal’s Islamic Jihad. President Ronald Reagan described him as “an American hero.”

North has authored seventeen best-selling books and is co-founder of Freedom Alliance, an organization serving wounded U.S. military personnel and their families. He is widely acclaimed for award-winning FOX News coverage of more than sixty U.S. units in combat and his Freedom Alliance “Hero College Scholarships” for children of service members killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty.

In 2020, North and a close friend founded Fidelis Publishing, a company dedicated to publishing books under the guidance of the Bible shining the light of truth in these dark times. Yet, he says his greatest achievement is being, “the God-fearing husband of one, father of four, and grandfather of eighteen.”

LtCol North and his wife Betsy live in Virginia. In November 2018, they celebrated their 50th anniversary.

WRATH: AMERICA ENRAGED, by Peter W. Wood  (Author)

Publisher: ‎ Encounter Books (October 12, 2021)

Washington, DC—Anger now dominates American politics.  It wasn’t always so.  “Happy Days Are Here Again” was FDR’s campaign song in 1932.  By contrast, candidate Kamala Harris’s 2020 campaign song was Mary J. Blige’s “Work That” (“Let ’em get mad / They gonna hate anyway”).  Both the left and right now summon anger as the main way to motivate their supporters.  After the election, both sides became even more indignant.  The left accuses the right of insurrection.  The right accuses the left of fraud.  This is a book about how we got here—about how America changed from a nation that could be roused to anger but preferred self-control, to a nation permanently dialed to eleven.

In WRATH: America Enraged (Encounter Books, October 12, 2021), Peter Wood—president of the National Association of Scholars—analyzes the new era of political wrath and explains how American culture beginning in the 1950s made a performance art out of anger; how and why we brought anger into our music, movies, and personal lives; and how, having step by step relinquished our old inhibitions around feeling and expressing anger, we turned anger into a way of wielding political power.  But the “angri-culture,” as he calls it, doesn’t promise happy days again.  It promises revenge…and a crisis that could destroy our republic.  Peter Wood argues that the country should step back from confrontation and violence and channel its wrath into ways that “wrest the powers of government back into the hands of those who love our ordered liberty and hold our founding principles in high regard.”

Peter Wood contends: “Some wrath, I believe, is justified.  The popular will of Americans has been thwarted by a combination of careerist elites, progressive ideologues, an unprincipled press, and a business class more attuned to global opportunities than to domestic flourishing.  Because traditional forms of political protest have been tourniqueted by mass arrests, censorship, and decisions by law enforcement and the courts to stand aside, many Americans see themselves as having been denied a legitimate voice in their own governance.  They are right in that judgment, and it is the kind of judgment that turns anger into wrath.”

Peter Wood warns, as he previously did in A Bee in the Mouth, against the consequences of a culture of indulging too freely in the celebration of anger.  He maintains that “the ferocious political and ideological battles of 2020 and 2021,

I argue, should be seen through the prism of what I call ‘new anger’: that self-regarding, self-rewarding, flamboyantly expressive, and narcissistic form of performative rage.  New anger often gets in the way of our better judgment, but that doesn’t mean that the underlying anger is necessarily foolish.  We may be angry for the right reason but angry in the wrong way.”

Ultimately, WRATH hopes to “inspire confidence in those who are determined to wrest their nation back from the elites who have taken it away.  Their efforts must overcome the silencing, censorship, criminalization of dissenting opinion, and other forms of persecution that are becoming the standard operating procedure of the illiberal regime now in power.  To those who feel angry about this but who are ridden with doubts about how to contest this new order, this book offers the counsel that, in some circumstances, your wrath is your best defense.  But wrath is a dangerous weapon, and you must use it wisely to avoid self-injury.”

PETER WOOD is the president of the National Association of Scholars and author of the new book, WRATH: America Enraged, as well as last year’s acclaimed 1620: A Critical Response to the 1619 Project.  A former professor of anthropology and college provost, he is the author of several books about American culture, including Diversity: The Invention of a Concept (2003) and A Bee in the Mouth: Anger in America Now (2007).

Wood is a frequent media guest who has appeared on major radio and television programs nationwide.  He is the editor in chief of the journal Academic Questions and a widely published essayist.  In 2019, he received the Jeane Kirkpatrick Prize for contributions to academic freedom.  He is based in New York City.