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Dinesh D'Souza's
What's So Great About America
A Reply, Refutation and Rebuttal

Title: Dinesh D'Souza's What's So Great About America: A Reply, Refutation and Rebuttal

Author: Harold Palmer

Year: 2016

Language: English

Specifications: 32 pages; 6.0 in. x 9.0 in., perfect paperback, full color cover, black & white interior

Price: $5.99 (paperback); $1.99 (eBook)


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Paperback: ISBN (13): 978-1-68109-019-1
Kindle: ISBN (13): 978-1-68109-020-7
ePub: ISBN (13): 978-1-68109-021-4


Is America a nation like any other, with a past marked by injustice and oppression? Or is America a shining city on a hill, marked by exceptionalism, one where the lamp of liberty and democracy burns brightly? Dinesh D’Souza has written What’s So Great About America to respond to America’s critics, who deny that there is anything unique about America. These critics include multiculturalists who allege historical racism and the oppression of minorities, Western leftists who see America as a force of evil, Third World intellectuals who deplore the legacy of colonialism, and Islamic fundamentalists who view America as culturally decadent and morally corrupt. In answering these critics, D’Souza argues that America is not only good, but that it is great—indeed, it is the embodiment of freedom’s ideal.

D’Souza makes a strong case for America, arguing that it is a free and prosperous society with unlimited opportunity for those seeking a better life. Yet despite his enthusiasm for America, his treatment of America’s “sins” is unsatisfactory, one-sided and does not result in the vindication of America from the claims of her critics.

In his response to Dinesh D’Souza’s What’s So Great About America, Harold Palmer highlights America’s three great sins: (i) the oppression of the Native Americans; (ii) slavery; and (iii) historic discrimination of African Americans and other minorities. Mr. Palmer argues that D’Souza fails to adequately respond to the accounts of America’s critics with respect to any of these great sins or to the views of cultural conservatives who deplore America as “culturally decadent and morally degenerate.”

Finally, in this volume, Mr. Palmer argues that D’Souza fundamentally misunderstands the meaning of “greatness.” In his constant repetition of the fact that America permits for economic opportunity, D’Souza forgets that greatness is not about material prosperity, but about virtue, temperance and justice. Notwithstanding D’Souza’s incessant focus on wealth, greatness can only ever be an attribute of a virtuous and upright society, regardless of its material prosperity.


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The Reply, Refutation and Rebuttal Series™ of Time Books™ publishes monographs and treatises that reply to contemporary perspectives on political, philosophical and religious issues.

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