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American Grit: What It Will Take to Survive and Win in the 21st Century

Publisher: Regnery Publishing • 2008 • 215 pages

These are dangerous days for America. We face enormous challenges at home and gathering threats from abroad — and just when the situation requires us to return to the proven traditions of our history and heritage, Barack Obama and the Democrats are moving in the opposite direction and pushing exactly the wrong values and policies for our national struggle. The situation is grave indeed: but now, in “American Grit: What It Will Take to Survive and Win in the 21st Century,” Tony Blankley sketches out a program to get us through the next few tough years — and to revive the principles and practices that made our nation great.

Blankley says that our first thought must no longer be what is best for conservatism, liberalism, Republicans, or Democrats, if we are to survive the unprecedented threat from the global jihad just as the America-hating Left chips away at our national resolve more energetically than ever. Instead, he argues that we (and above all, our elected officials) should ask what needs to be done to protect and strengthen our nation. And the first thing we need to do, says Blankley (the bestselling author of The West’s Last Chance and a regular panelist on The McLaughlin Group), is toughen up — personally, culturally, and as a national fighting force.

Blankley lays out a comprehensive program for nothing less than national survival, explaining the policies that we must adopt — a military draft, energy independence, wartime measures regarding the law and civil liberties, a truly nationalist foreign policy, a global communications strategy, and a reformed education curriculum — if our great grandchildren a hundred years from now are to look out into the world from an America still strong enough to guarantee our prosperity, our sovereignty, and our individual freedom. Measures such as these were the keys to America’s success in previous wars, says Blankley, and in American Grit he sets out a series of persuasive arguments showing why they must be rediscovered today.

“Egged on by new leaders promising the same discredited liberal statism that fails time and again, too many Americans line up at the trough, asking what their country can do for them. In a searing ode to America?s greatness, Tony Blankley reminds us that the real question is what we can do for our country. American Grit is a clarion call to a new nationalism: a fearless summons exhorting citizens to elevate love of country over love of self. That prescription, and no other, will ensure that our union remains an unparalleled beacon of freedom, tough enough to face down the tyrannical designs of radical Islam and strong enough to rebuild the economic prosperity that enables America to lead a troubled world.” — Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review Legal Affairs Editor and author of the national bestseller, Willful Blindness: A Memoir of the Jihad

“Tony Blankley has long been one of America’s most trenchant conservative commentators and thinkers. In American Grit, he provides conservatives — and Americans generally — his wise thoughts on where we should be going in the future.” — Michael Barone, U.S. News & World Report senior writer and American Enterprise Institute resident fellow

“Tony Blankley brilliantly lays out a spot-on list of the dire challenges that threaten America’s future. From our short-handed military to our energy dependence on foreign adversaries, from destructive educational dogmas to the media?s propensity for revealing classified information?we ignore these problems at our peril. Tony presents us with solutions. A must read!” — Lieutenant General Thomas G. McInerney (Ret.), former assistant vice chief of staff, U.S. Air Force

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