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New English Review Press is pleased to announce the publication of our eighteenth book, Unreading Shakespeare by David P. Gontar.
An outstanding Classic in the great tradition of A.C. Bradley, H.C. Goddard, G. Wilson Knight, and Harold Bloom. Together with the groundbreaking Hamlet Made Simple and Other Essays, UNREADING SHAKESPEARE shakes the foundations of Renaissance studies, breathing new life into Othello, Hamlet, Falstaff, Rosalind, and many other characters. Here is the definitive exposition of Shakespeare in the 21st century.
Teaches us how to find the real wisdom of Shakespeare
Shows the major philosophical influence on Shakespeare is not Montaigne but Plato
Introduces Katherine of Aragon as Feminist Hero
Uncovers the comic dimension of Shakespeare s Tragedies
Presents the Socratic Apology of Falstaff
Rescues King Lear from modern oblivion
Writing an essay recently about an important character in Shakespeare, I turned to Mr. Gontar for guidance. He is illuminating, erudite and wise. I couldn't have done better.
—Theodore Dalrymple, author of numerous books, including Anything Goes, Farewell Fear and Threats of Pain and Ruin.
David Gontar's books on Shakespeare contain some of the most impressive writings on the works of the Bard that I have ever read. Gontar's Shakespearean essays fill us with triumphant illumination.
—Ricardo Mena, author of Ver, begin
Surely the best book of writing on Shakespeare in a very long time, UNREADING SHAKESPEARE and its companion, HAMLET MADE SIMPLE, are a revelation at once delightful and amazing.
—Richard Cameron, Co-founder, Institute of Classical Architecture and Art, Atelier and Co.
New English Review Press is pleased to announce the publication of our seventeenth book, Islam Through the Looking Glass: The Collected Essays and Reviews of J.B. Kelly, Vol. 3, edited by S.B. Kelly.
The resurgence of Islam is a constant theme in the writings of J.B. Kelly from the 1980s to his death in 2009, and it is appropriate, therefore, that it should be reflected in the title of this third, and final, volume of his collected essays and reviews. The title was, in fact, originally a phrase which he gave to a lecture he delivered to the Heritage Foundation in Washington D.C. in 1980. It captures the surreal, Alice in Wonderland, nature of Middle Eastern politics. He intended that the lecture, given to promote his new book on Arabia, the Gulf and the West (Weidenfeld & Nicolson/Basic Books,1980), should enable his American audience to peer through the looking glass of the Middle East and to understand how to navigate the political labyrinth of the Persian Gulf and the wider region. His subsequent essays and reviews written while he was in Washington D.C. were intended to serve the same purpose. The introduction by the editor gives readers a guide to the political context of his writings, especially his involvement in the struggle over the sale of F-15 enhancements and AWACS to Saudi Arabia. The later writings in this volume are the fruits of his retirement in France, from whence he tried to counter the received wisdom about Western policy towards Iraq and other matters.
Reading the essays in this volume one is struck by their relevance to our understanding of the causes of the revolts in the Middle East in 2011 and after against the last generation of oriental despots, and the resurgence of militant Islam. This volume, like the earlier ones, should be required reading for policy-makers in the West.
New English Review Press is pleased to announce the publication of our sixteenth book, The Real Nature of Religion by Rebecca Bynum.
In a short book of the most lucid prose, Rebecca Bynum is not afraid to take on the largest questions of human existence and equally unafraid to give them deeply unfashionable answers.
This is a riveting, well-paced and lively debunking of moral relativism, atheism, appeasement of militant Islam, and the general drive to dilute spirituality and religion, while perversely amplifying societal and national guilt and shame. The atheist will only enjoy it if wobbling already in those convictions. The concerned, religiously undecided will find it stimulating and persuasive, and the intelligent Judeo-Christian will be uplifted. It is a rigorous argument and for any person interested in these questions, a very good read.
Every thinking person knows that, for all our capacity to reason, we are enmeshed in mysteries beyond our comprehension. Rebecca Bynum’s fine new book, The Real Nature of Religion, undertakes to explain the inexplicable with an admirable mix of clarity, lucidity, learning, and wisdom.
Rebecca Bynum is one of the few religious thinkers raising what is undoubtedly one of the most important, perhaps the most important question, of our time: Can the United States survive if its First Amendment liberties continue to shield an Islam whose objective is to become religiously and politically dominant in every sphere of human endeavor. Unlike too many of our political leaders, Ms. Bynum is widely read and sophisticated about both Islam and Christianity. She understands that Islam is a complex phenomenon that is too different from other religions to be simplistically classified. Islam requires, she argues, a category of its own that excludes First Amendment protection when it seeks a privileged place in the American religious landscape. If we continue on our present path, America as we know it will not long survive. It will go the way of countless other societies whose civilizations have succumbed to Islam.
Rebecca Bynum’s work is a quietly philosophical meditation on the nature of religion, on the soul, faith and morality, and much much more. She clears away the superstitions that have grown up, like weeds, around the core beliefs, and which threaten to choke true religion. Religion must change, and cannot remain mired in the past. Bynum’s elegant essay is a courageous look at what she clearly believes in passionately, and an equally fervent plea for the continuous relevance of Christianity in these uncertain times.
New English Review Press is pleased to announce the publication of our fifteenth book, As Far As The Eye Can See by Moshe Dann.
Moshe Dann's stories are examinations of life as it is really lived, with its share of anxieties and tragedies, its moments of illumination and intimacy. These tender, often sad assessments of our mortal toils do what art is supposed to do: make the reader feel and reflect.
—Yann Martel, author of Life of Pi
Moshe Dann picks with a small chisel at majestic themes. In the most delicate, unassuming and accessible language (George Orwell would very much approve), his characters go about their quotidian tasks (sorry, George!) while underneath large questions roil and bubble to the surface—questions of history, memory, identity, mortality, spirituality, family, despair, desire—even—dare one say it?—love. His characters—vain, unprepossessing, nervous, smart, but underneath filled with doubt, pain, apprehension and a certain obduracy of spirit, even courage—populate a world that Chekhov might recognize, were he to return as a contemporary Jew, hovering between Israel and the United States. Come to think of it, both George and Anton would have cause to utter a resounding, “Mazel tov!”
—Robin Hirsch, author of Last Dance at the Hotel Kempinski
Moshe Dann writes stories of longing and loneliness, of men and women hungry to be loved but unable to offer love. His characters want to make something of their lives, but their inner failures, especially their sense of being victims, stop them. Yet we see, we feel, the potential love they have to offer. This is a beautiful book full of intense feeling; the stories recognize the limitations of Dann's sad protagonists but invite us to see their yearning for life. We re with them though we certainly don't want to be them. They are figures of possibility, people who cry out to live.
—John J. Clayton, author of Many Seconds into the Future
New English Review Press is pleased to announce the publication of our fourteenth book, Threats of Pain and Ruin by Theodore Dalrymple.
Sparklingly funny, unflinchingly realistic, and profoundly wise, these brilliant meditations on our postmodern predicament by the Montaigne of our age impart urbane pleasure and enlightenment on every page.
—Myron Magnet, author of The Founders at Home: The Building of America, 1735-1817
No one else writes so engagingly and so candidly about the world as it is, not as the politically correct would have it be.
— Dr. Charles Murray author of Coming Apart and The Bell Curve
Dr. Dalrymple's eye alights on a topic; his mind dissects it; his imagination embroiders it; his judgment delivers an appropriate verdict, usually condemnation; and his sensibility ensures that all these activities are conceived, argued, and expressed wittily or sadly but always beautifully.
— John O’Sullivan author of The President, the Pope, and the Prime Minister
Another brilliant collection from our age’s answer to Dr. Johnson and George Orwell. A feast of wit, insight, admonition, and plain old common sense.
— Roger Kimball, author of The Rape of the Masters: How Political Correctness Sabotages Art
New English Review Press is pleased to announce the publication of our thirteenth book, The Oil Cringe of the West: the Collected Essays and Reviews of J.B. Kelly, Vol. 2.
This, the second volume of JB Kelly’s essays and reviews, covers the oil crisis of the 1970’s—a period which first alerted the Western world not only to the deep-seated animosity and contempt with which it is held by the Arab world, but also the duplicity and double-dealing in which Arabs, especially the Saudis, routinely engage when dealing with Western leaders. America’s feeble response during this challenge undoubtedly confirmed in the minds of Arab leaders that the Western world is essentially weak and can easily be manipulated. As JBK pointed out, there were ‘substantial grounds for believing that the motive behind the excessive prices now being charged for Middle-Eastern oil is political and religious rather than economic, and is designed to redress the balance between the Islamic countries of the Middle East and Western Europe, which has been tilted in favour of the latter for two centuries or more.’ It was summed up by the exclamation from one Arab oil state official in December 1973: “It is our revenge for Poitiers!” (a reference to Charles Martel’s defeat of the Arab armies in France in 732).
It is clear from his letters to the newspapers and monthly political, that JBK was becoming increasingly concerned in the 1970’s by the deleterious effects that the steady haemorrhaging of Western wealth to the East, through extortionate oil price rises by OPEC as a form of Danegeld, was having on the fabric of Western civilization. He was the first commentator to highlight the fact that Islam was wielding the oil weapon by way of revenge against Western Christendom and that this had been made possible by Britain’s craven abdication of her responsibilities by withdrawing from the Gulf in 1971, and thus relinquishing some control over the supply of the black lifeblood of the industrialised world (see vol 1: Fighting the Retreat from Arabia and the Gulf). Here Kelly is especially critical of the ‘twin pillars’ strategy initiated by Henry Kissinger in which America relied on the goodwill of Iran (under the Shah) and the Saudis to maintain stability in the Middle East while selling them enormous amounts of advanced weaponry in order to repatriate at least some of the tremendous wealth being transferred to the Muslim world because of an accident of geology.
Kelly also discusses other topics such as the Lebanese civil war and the efforts of various publications to marginalize both his work and that of other like-minded scholars such as Eli Kedourie. This volume shows JB Kelly at his combative best.
New English Review Press is pleased to announce the publication of our twelfth book, The Impact of Islam by Emmet Scott.
When Islam comes to a land, what happens? In this sweeping and thorough historical overview, Emmet Scott answers that question definitively, illuminating the shockingly devastating effects of Islamic encroachment upon Europe during the Middle Ages. This is history with all the timeliness of today's headlines, and an urgent message that our governing authorities ignore at their—and our—own risk.
— Robert Spencer, author of the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad
In this excellent follow up to Mohammed and Charlemagne Revisited, Emmet Scott demonstrates that the centuries-long struggle between the Christian world and the Muslim world during the Middle Ages left lasting effects on Christian thought and attitudes. The revival of slavery in the West after it was nearly extinguished is quite conclusively shown to be the direct result of prolonged contact with the vast Muslim slave-raiding and trading empire which took millions of slaves from Europe and Africa during the Middle Ages. More controversially, Scott also points to violent antisemitism, iconoclasm, vendetta, the toleration of torture, extreme religious intolerance and the idea of “holy war” as all having first developed in the Christian world in areas of prolonged contact and war with Islam, most notably in Spain. Scott further demonstrates that while Islam initially conquered the most advanced areas of the world, at a time when Medieval Christendom was a poor backwater, within five centuries the balance of power was completely reversed, with the Islamic world stagnant and deteriorating and the Christian world poised for global domination. This is no accident, but the inevitable result of the opposing world-views created by Islam and Christianity.
Today, the Islamic revival once again threatens Western progress. It is imperative that our leaders become thoroughly acquainted with the history of earlier Islamic advances. The Impact of Islam is a factual, scholarly and unexaggerated look a period of history more relevant today than ever before.
— Rebecca Bynum author of Allah is Dead: Why Islam is Not a Religion
New English Review Press is pleased to announce the publication of our eleventh book, Sir Walter Scott's Crusades and Other Fantasies by Ibn Warraq.
Ibn Warraq exemplifies the rarely combined qualities of courage, integrity, and intelligence.
—Bernard Lewis, Cleveland E. Dodge Professor Emeritus of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University, author of The Arabs in History(1950), What Went Wrong (2002) and many others.
With his usual wit, erudition and humanity, Ibn Warraq considers a literary subject and draws lessons from it of philosophical and political importance.
— Theodore Dalrymple, author of Life at the Bottom, Farewell Fear and many others.
Ibn Warraq’s latest book, Sir Walter Scott’s Crusades and Other Fantasies, sheds new and important light on the 1400 year old conflict between the Muslim and non-Muslim worlds. Ibn Warraq, a scholar of impressive erudition, begins by using Sir Walter Scott’s description of twelfth Century England in his novel, Ivanhoe, with its conflicts between Norman, Saxon, and the recently arrived Jews, to give his readers an understanding of what Sir Walter got right and what wrong. He does the same in the next chapter for Scott’s novel of the Crusades, The Talisman, with its fictional description of .the relationship of Richard the Lion Hearted and Saladin. In reality, they never met. Scott depicts Saladin as a humane, compassionate leader in contrast to the crude and cruel Crusaders. As Ibn Warraq points out, Saladin did not hesitate to have prisoners tortured and decapitated. He also points out, Scott was enormously influential and many of his views became conventional wisdom for later generations, including scholars who should have known better.
According to Ibn Warraq, Scott had a better understanding of the precarious situation of the Jews in twelfth century England. His depictions of Isaac and his daughter Rebecca, Ivanhoe’s heroine, are excellent. One of the novel’s most harrowing, but historically accurate, accounts depicts the Grand Master of the Knights Templars’ attempt to have Rebecca burned at the stake because her successful healing of a Templar was for him proof of her witchcraft!
There is much more in this valuable book. Ibn Warraq has a well-researched examination of the anti-Semitic Rhineland massacres of 1096 which led to Jews largely, but not entirely, to abandon Germany and Western Europe and migrate to Eastern Europe. He challenges Sir Steven Runciman and other historians for holding that Muslim intolerance was largely a result of the Crusades. On the contrary, there were large-scale Muslim massacres of Jews before 1096. Ibn Warraq is especially effective in debunking the myth of a “Golden Age” in Muslim Spain in which Jews were treated almost as the equals of their Muslim neighbors and overlords, a myth that unfortunately has lost little of its potency among some influential Jews today in spite of the fact, as Ibn Warraq shows, that the roots of Muslim anti-Semitism go back to the Qu’ran itself.
Finally, the author deals with the craven willingness of Western governments and institutions to surrender their citizens’ hard-won, constitutionally guaranteed right of freedom of expression whenever Muslims find content of that expression offensive. As Ibn Warraq warns, if we continue thar surrender, “we risk losing all to Islamist thuggery.”
Both the scholar and the layperson have much to gain from this book.
— Richard L. Rubenstein, President Emeritus and Distinguished Professor of Religion at the University of Bridgeport and Lawton Distinguished Professor of Religion Emeritus at Florida State University, author of After Auschwitz, Jihad and Genocide. and many others.
New English Review Press is pleased to announce the publication of our tenth book, Fighting the Retreat from Arabia and the Gulf: The Collected Essays and Reviews of J.B. Kelly, Vol. 1, edited by S.B. Kelly.
John Kelly sets the standard by which historians are to be judged. A careful researcher, he made sure of the facts and expressed them in beautifully measured prose. More than that, a lifelong determination to do justice to the truth completes the special authority of his writings.
— David Pryce Jones, Sr. Editor of National Review and author of The Closed Circle: An Interpretation of the Arabs
John Kelly had an unrivalled knowledge of the historical and diplomatic sources for Arabia and the Persian Gulf region over the last two centuries, and equally important, an incisive mind which saw through what he regarded as the, then fashionable, cant about the supposed iniquities of British imperialism and the alluring prospects held out by nationalism for democracy and freedom in the Middle Eastern lands; such views, so prevalent then, seem pathetically misguided today. The present collection of essays and reviews, many of the latter of considerable length, complements Kelly's books, now standard works on the history of the Gulf region, and well illustrate his insights in bringing fresh historical materials to light and showing how he set out to combat and correct uninformed, sloppy and tendentious writing on the modern Middle East.
— C. Edmund Bosworth, Professor Emeritus of Arabic Studies at the University of Manchester and the British editor of the second edition of The Encyclopedia of Islam.
“Thou hast been weighed in the balance and found wanting.” That is the judgment of scholar J.B. Kelly on the rise of revolutionary Arab nationalism and the long Western retreat from responsibility in the Middle East since the 1950s. But what has been found wanting—the failed revolutionary regimes or a West surfing home on the wave of the future? Or both about equally? With a matchless dry wit Kelly describes in this collection the long tragi-comedy of how ruthless socialist tyrants and deluded Western diplomats between them kept the Arab world in a state of progressive backwardness and eventually midwifed Islamist terrorism. If we had listened then, we might not have to laugh through gritted teeth now.
— John O’Sullivan author of The President, the Pope, and the Prime Minister
New English Review Press is pleased to announce the publication of our ninth book, The Literary Culture of France: Studies in the Essential Character and Permanent Values of French Literature from the Earliest Times to the Present by J.E.G. Dixon.
This work of Dr. Dixon is impressive, solid, sound, and reliable both in its contents and in its presentation. I want also to emphasize the need for this collection of writings: accessible to English-speaking students and to a larger audience, this book serves a valuable purpose in demonstrating the diversity of literary and cultural approaches as well as reminding the modern reader of traditional and long-acclaimed theories. Universalism has been challenged only in recent decades and this collection of studies underlines its former strength and grandeur. As a professor of French in an English-speaking University, I would be happy to use this book for studies in culture and civilization.
- Hélène Cazès, University of Victoria
As a believer in Europe’s civilization and varied cultures as prime movers in the progress of humanity I warmly welcome Jack Dixon’s broad and enriching surveys through the eyes of the most prominent experts as well as his own of one of Europe’s great literatures. Through her literature we can evaluate France’s distinctive culture and measure her, in some ways disproportionately large, contribution to Europe’s literary art and thought. A timely and outstanding introduction to French literature.
- Frederic Delouche, Editor of Europe, A History of its Peoples and Illustrated History of Europe
The reader wonders, at first glance, how it is that a work such as this has not been published before. Since the springtime known as the Renaissance, French writers have toiled passionately over the very characteristics which, to their minds, define the literature which they themselves are busily making illustrious. We consider this undertaking both original and needed, for this collection of studies is impressive by virtue of both the coherence and the diversity of the texts, drawn as they are from a period of one hundred years.
These reflections bring out the essential moral and intellectual values that direct French literary creation not only in search of wisdom, but also within each literary genre. These permanent virtues are insisted on by the defenders of “tradition,” and equally for the “ruptures” which, paradoxically, work on behalf of the persistence of the French genius.
The French-speaking reader will appreciate the elegance and clarity of the translations which allow him to read and re-read texts some of which are not easy to obtain. This work is dedicated specifically to all those who, by their words as by their deeds, take up the cause of freedom of expression and the pursuit of truth.
- Guy Demerson, Clermont-Ferrand
Critics play a role in the growth and development of many facets of the human enterprise, but one cannot overestimate their importance for the vitality of cultural and intellectual renewal. Literary critics in particular are crucial for analysing a work and for detecting the values and ideas that constitute its specificity. In terms of French literature, for example, critics have taught us what is distinctive (for instance, seventeenth-century classicism), and what is part of a wider European movement (eighteenth-century romanticism). In short, they have contributed to defining the quintessential spirit of French literature.
The present work reflects Dr Dixon’s lifelong interest in both the literature of France and its critical tradition. He is eminently qualified to undertake this work of synthesizing the critics’ view of French literature through the ages. The breadth of his scholarship is equaled by his intellectual curiosity, a commitment to accuracy and clarity (most evident in the quality of the essays he has translated from the French), and a well-honed ability to discern the values both of works of literature and critiques of those works.
Such are the hallmarks of Professor Dixon's scholarship, and the qualities that inform his selection of the essays in this volume.
- Carol J. Harvey, University of Winnipeg
New English Review Press is pleased to announce the publication of our eighth book, Hamlet Made Simple and Other Essays by David P. Gontar.
The single greatest contribution to Shakespeare scholarship in recent memory.
Hamlet Made Simple and Other Essays:
- Presents the most compelling and original reading of Hamlet since A.C. Bradley;
- Dispenses once and for all with the psychoanalytic interpretation of the play;
- Explains the actual meaning of the Oedipus myth;
- Provides the "smoking gun" which establishes Shakespeare's true identity;
- Explodes the fable of Shakespeare's appearance; and
- In the process of correcting misreadings of Shakespeare's poetry and drama, Hamlet Made Simple offers vital insights and indispensable guidance on how this challenging writer can be fairly and productively approached today.
Hamlet Made Simple and Other Essays is the definitive exposition of Shakespeare in our time. Nothing else compares.
This book, that combines wit with learning, will delight all who love Shakespeare and commentary on Shakespeare.
— Theodore Dalrymple, author of Life at the Bottom and Farewell Fear
Professor Gontar has provided us with a fresh, energetic, searching and sometimes acerbic look at Shakespeare, and, especially, some of his modern critics. Equally adept at expositing the texts and engaging the most distinguished readers, Gontar always encourages us to re-examine our own preconceptions as a way of discovering and reappropriating Shakespeare's genius in our day.
— Dr. William R. Long, author of Wisdom Seeking: Thirty Days with the Book of Proverbs
As a contemporary of the future, Shakespeare is forever. Prof. Gontar offers original and penetrating insights into the fabric of Shakespeare’s plays and into the souls of their unforgettable characters.
— Jimmie Moglia, author of Your Daily Shakespeare
New English Review Press is pleased to announce the publication of our seventh book, Farewell Fear by Theodore Dalrymple.
Those of us who are dyed-in-the-wool Theodore Dalrymple fans will welcome his latest book, Farewell Fear - a collection of essays more contemplative than his eye-witness, slice-of-life essays on the British lower class in his Life at the Bottom and other books. But there are nuggets of wry insights in Farewell Fear as well, and on a wider range of subjects, often devastating the conventional wisdom of our times. For example, he does not buy the idea that violent ideological movements are a result of the desperation of the poor. He points out, for example, that Cuba’s revolutionary movement was led by Fidel Castro, who “was both highly privileged, with a sense of entitlement and deeply resentful, always a dreadful combination.” That same could be said of Karl Marx, among others. Farewell Fear is a somewhat different kind of book by Theodore Dalrymple, but with the same thought-provoking insights.
-- Thomas Sowell author of Intellectuals and Society and The Thomas Sowell Reader
Once encountered, Theodore Dalrymple has become for many of us a shared treasure—the cultured, often mordantly funny social commentator who was for many years a psychiatrist at a British prison. This collection of recent essays captures Dalrymple at his best, ruminating at one moment about why poisoners tend to be more interesting than other kinds of murderers and at another why Tony Blair’s mind reminds him of an Escher drawing. No one else writes so engagingly and so candidly about the world as it is, not as the politically correct would have it be.
-- Dr. Charles Murray author of Coming Apart and The Bell Curve
Dr. Dalrymple's eye alights on a topic--hedgehogs, insincerity, dictators; his mind dissects it; his imagination embroiders it; his judgment delivers an appropriate verdict, usually condemnation; and his sensibility ensures that all these activities are conceived, argued, and expressed wittily or sadly but always beautifully. This book is high intellectual meandering.
-- John O’Sullivan author of The President, the Pope, and the Prime Minister
New English Review Press is pleased to announce the publication of our sixth book, The Eagle and the Bible by Kenneth Hanson.
We are at a critical moment in our nation's history. Never have the differences between our major political parties been greater; never have the stakes been higher. To whom or to what do we turn for guidance? Let’s be honest. The Bible, which for many of us has been the source of comfort, inspiration and wisdom, has as many facets as a diamond carved by an expert jeweler. The answers are there, but come in so many disguises, from so many different perspectives, that only a master can lead us through the labyrinth that lies in its pages. Such a master is Kenneth Hanson, professor of Judaic Studies at the University of Central Florida, and such a book is The Eagle and the Bible. Here is a refreshing look at the parallels between holy writ and American history – uncovering the degree to which both are rooted in an eternal battle for lean and limited government, in opposition to top-heavy centralized authority. The thesis, the theme, and the underlying truth is that the struggle for liberty, justice and freedom present from the nation’s founding is paralleled in the struggles for liberty, justice and freedom experienced by the heroes of the Bible. Hanson reveals an anti-establishment, anti-big government current in the biblical stories (challenging the “authoritarian” rule of David, Solomon and others) that is today more relevant than ever. The Eagle and the Bible comes to us at a time of great need for insight. It fulfills that need and gives us the courage to meet the challenges of this extraordinary time.
"Hanson compellingly executes his premise of paralleling biblical history with current events. Few scholars have the background, wisdom and knowledge of Dr. Hanson to make such a case"
--Brigitte Gabriel, author of They Must Be Stopped and Because They Hate
Kenneth L. Hanson is an Associate professor in the University of Central Florida Judaic Studies Program. As a young student of the ancient Near East, he lived in Israel, on Jerusalem’s Mt. Zion, and studied Hebrew in a program for immigrants to the modern Jewish state. He then earned a master's degree in international/inter-cultural communication, and subsequently worked for a television news gathering operation in southern Lebanon. Living in the politically volatile region of northern Galilee (subject to regular rocket attacks), he daily commuted over a hostile border where, in addition to his broadcasting duties, he served as the company liaison with the Israeli Army. He went on to earn a doctorate in Hebrew Language and Literature from the University of Texas at Austin. His multiple books and his appearances on syndicated radio and national television (The History Channel), have brought ancient insight into everyone's world.
New English Review Press is pleased to announce the publication of our fifth book, The West Speaks a collection of interviews by Jerry Gordon to be released April 1, 2012.
Jerry Gordon’s new book is an absolute classic that is required reading for anyone - civilians, law enforcement, policymakers, Congressmen, journalists - who truly want to expand their knowledge about the extent of the threat to our society posed by radical Islam. The breadth of the interviews conducted is staggering. You may not agree with all of the interviewees but I assure you that you will learn, be challenged, and be informed about the true nature of the threat to western society by the stealth Islamist penetration of the elite media, Hollywood, European leadership, etc. You will also learn first hand of the truly horrific and evil treatment by the Islamists of those Muslims who dissent. This is an invaluable book to who we owe a great debt of gratitude to Mr. Gordon for assembling.
-- Steven Emerson, Executive Director of The Investigative Project on Terrorism & author of six books and producer of several documentaries on radical Islam
Jerry Gordon’s excellent questions prompt important answers from leaders who appreciate Western culture and worry about Islamist encroachments. The result is stirring.
-- Daniel Pipes, President of the Middle East Forum & Fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University
This collection of encounters between the skilled interviewer and editor, Jerry Gordon, and a selection of 19 extraordinary personalities of many nations, orientations, occupations, and interests, is truly seminal. Few are the published volumes which have attempted such a feat and which have succeeded so spectacularly with flying colors. Compliments are due Mr. Gordon for his selection of his interviewees, for his piercing questions and for the fashion in which he leads them to reveal not only their views and sometimes hidden meanings and insightful thoughts.
-- Raphael Israeli, Professor of Islamic, Middle Eastern and Chinese History & author of twenty six books including, Islamikaze
Jerry Gordon, a former U. S. Army intelligence officer, knows the truth and speaks it to power, without fear or favor. His writing is clear and scrupulous, and his commitment to the truth is so powerful that he has made all the right enemies. Don’t miss this new and revealing work; as usual, Gordon is at once a profound student of history and a rueful predictor of events to come.
-- Stefan Kanfer, biographer, former Time editor & member of the President’s Commission on the Holocaust.
New English Review Press is pleased to announce the publication of our fourth book, Mohammed & Charlemagne Revisited: The History of a Controversy by Emmet Scott.
Emmet Scott’s Mohammed and Charlemagne Revisited: The History of a Controversy is not only a fascinating study but an important book, which, I believe, will eventually lead to a paradigm shift - a change in the way we look at the history of Late Antiquity and the Early Medieval Period, and how we answer the question, “What ended Roman civilization and brought about the Dark Ages?”
It is a riveting tale - a history of ideas that does much to illuminate current concerns. Scott takes as his starting point the thesis of the Belgian historian Henri Pirenne [1862-1935] that the real destroyers of classical civilization were the Muslims. Scott refines, corrects and augments Pirenne’s insight, and he does so by taking into account two essential disciplines often neglected in studies of this period - archaeology and Islamology. As Scott points out, very few historians paid any attention to the nature of Islam or its beliefs - they simply assumed that Islam was and is a faith no different from others. As for the former element: Scott argues correctly that the written records cannot be taken at their face value, and must be supported by archaeology.
I shall not spoil the fun by revealing what his conclusions are, but they are arrived at after an exhilarating intellectual ride through the history and archaeology of Byzantium, the Roman presence in the West, Middle East, North Africa, the Mediterranean, and much, much more.
-- IBN WARRAQ author of Why the West is Best: A Muslim Apostate's Defense of Liberal Democracy
Conventional scholarly wisdom has held that German conquest ended Roman civilization and brought on the Dark Ages. Henri Pirenne strongly disagreed. Almost a hundred years ago, he argued that starting in the seventh century, Islam was a destructive, indeed a catastrophic, force that caused Europe’s Dark Ages. Most European historians have disagreed, claiming that Islam was a tolerant, enlightened force that began to raise Europe out of its darkness. The myth of a so-called Islamic “Golden Age” in Spain is an expression of that view. Scott defends and enlarges upon Pirenne’s thesis, arguing that these historians have paid scant “attention to the nature of Islam or its beliefs.” Like much of our media and government officials, they assume that Islam is a religion like any other. Scott argues that, with its doctrine of never-ending “holy war” against all non-believers, Islam was “an unprecedentedly destabilizing influence.”
As with all good history, by reading Scott’s well-written, richly-detailed account of the perils that almost destroyed Western civilization in an earlier age, we are informed of the danger that confronts our civilization in our time. This book is a must-read for any person concerned with the future of Western civilization in our times.
-- Richard L. Rubenstein, author of Jihad and Genocide
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New English Review Press is pleased to announce the publication of our third book, Anything Goes by Theodore Dalrymple:
Sparklingly funny, unflinchingly realistic, and profoundly wise, these brilliant meditations on our postmodern predicament by the Montaigne of our age impart urbane pleasure and enlightenment on every page.
-- Myron Magnet, author of The Dream and the Nightmare: the Sixties’ Legacy to the Underclass
Theodore Dalrymple is an extraordinary essayist--mordantly funny, profound, and immensely learned. In this new book, all of his considerable talents are on display as he explores the nature of evil, the dark legacy of totalitarianism, the insidious spread of politically correct ways of thinking in free societies, and many other topics. A perfect introduction to Dalrymple's thought.
-- Brian Anderson, editor of City Journal
Another brilliant collection from our age’s answer to Dr. Johnson and George Orwell. A feast of wit, insight, admonition, and plain old common sense.
-- Roger Kimball, author of The Rape of the Masters: How Political Correctness Sabotages Art
About the Author
Theodore Dalrymple is a former prison doctor and psychiatrist. He has been arrested as a spy in Gabon, been sought by the South African police for violating apartheid, visited the site of a civilian massacre by the government of Liberia, concealed his status as a writer for fear of execution in Equatorial Guinea, infiltrated an English communist group in order to attend the World Youth Festival in North Korea, performed Shakespeare in Afghanistan, smuggled banned books to dissidents in Romania, been arrested and struck with truncheons for photographing an anti-government demonstration in Albania and crossed both Africa and South America using only public transportation. He is also the author of more than two dozen books and innumerable essays.
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Our second publication was a book by Norman Berdichevsky, The Left is Seldom Right.
The Left Is Seldom Right
by Norman Berdichevsky
Publication date: June 10, 2011
Cover Design by Kendra Adams
A challenging and provocative look at the history of “right wing” vs. “left wing” political movements and personalities. Dr. Berdichevsky shatters the ideological prism those terms impose. This book will change the way you view the political world, forever.
_______Rebecca Bynum, author of Allah is Dead: Why Islam is Not a Religion_______
Norman Berdichevsky peels away the superficial layers of Left and Right, digs deep into history, unearths the complex political realities masked by a Good guys-Bad guys dichotomy devised by the Left for its own self-glorification, and brings to light the moral imperative.
_______________Nidra Poller, novelist and journalist, an American in Paris_________
In his "twenty-five case studies of crises, wars, alliances, conflicts, personalities and elections" Norman Berdichevsky clarifies the confusing history of Left-Right terminologies. He illustrates why a single dimension is insufficient to understand the differences and the unlikely alignments of supposed political opposites.
Be prepared to be enlightened, surprised and entertained as Dr. Berdichevsky lays bare the history behind the history you thought you knew proving that politics makes for strange bedfellows indeed.
_____________________Baron Bodissey (Gates of Vienna)________________
The malcontents gnawing at the fabric of western society thought they found a safe place hiding under the misnomer of "progressives". And then came the savvy Norman Berdichevsky!
_____________________Judi McLeod, editor Canada Free Press__________
It is the darkest times that most anxiously call for light. In a world of lies, the light we hold to is truth. Norman Berdichevsky's work represents a courageous truth. Truth about the world we live in and those who would destroy it. To stand up to lies in a world of them requires courage, and to tell the truth requires even more.
_____________________Daniel Greenfield (Sultan Knish)_______________
“Things fall apart; the center cannot hold; mere anarchy is loosed upon the world…The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.”—William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)
Although no older than the French Revolution, the political terms “Right” and” Left” have become banal and stale clichés which are often misleading guides that offer no clear indication about intentions, motivations and conflicting policy choices of political personalities and parties under changing circumstances. Both partisan political hacks and educated citizens who should know better use them as synonyms for the good guys and bad guys. Jonah Goldberg’s bestselling book “Liberal Fascism” shocked many readers who could not imagine how the two terms could be grouped together rather than stand as polar opposites.
The purpose of this book is threefold:
- To further document cases in both the United States and abroad that verify Goldberg’s thesis that a considerable segment of the American public is misled by the use of the terms “RIGHT vs. LEFT”, which are cliché ridden, and often erroneous in their presentation of the most essential relevant facts and the conclusions drawn.
- To demonstrate that it is primarily the Political Left that has a vested interest in the continued use of this terminology due to the considerable inroads made by the liberal media on public opinion. Many ‘political pundits’ have drawn on the prestige of major writers and Hollywood ‘celebrities’ whose work was shaped by a critical view of American culture as the epitome of alienation, hypocrisy and crass materialism in modern society. Their assumptions are that other cultures and societies are more authentic, ‘holistic’, integral and devoted to a sense of solidarity and community. These views have been reinforced in popular culture, especially in film and popular song as part of the counter-culture that arose in the late 1950s.
- To show that anti-Semitism was not inherently a part of many nationalist “Right-wing" movements and that it is generated today overwhelmingly from the Far Left under the encouragement of the wealth and power of militant Islam.
It consists of 25 case studies of major domestic and international crises, wars, alliances, conflicts, issues, and elections that have been the subject of considerable media opinion and comment and most often by the use of the Left-Right terminology.
Our first publication was a book by Rebecca Bynum, Allah is Dead: Why Islam is Not a Religion. It was published on February 1, 2011.
Cover design by Kendra Adams
Many analysts have worked on the problem of Islam’s political aspects, but few have tackled Islam philosophically as a whole. Rebecca Bynum does that. She discusses Islam and its status in the modern world with a depth and precision missing in many modern accounts and sadly concludes that the great hope of secularizing the Muslim world is a pipe dream. It is much more likely, according to Bynum, that the secular world will be Islamized. Overall, however, her analysis is hopeful and provides an important ideological tool for dealing with Islam which is to reconsider its classification. Bynum maintains Islam’s current status as a religion, along with all the other religions of the world, is in error. She refers to Islam as “the duck-billed platypus of belief systems” and proposes it should be classified accordingly; as the hybrid religio-socio-political belief system it is. She also reminds the Western world about what religion itself actually is, not the caricature modern analysts often mean when they refer to “religious fundamentalisms.” Bynum has given policy-makers a powerful tool for dealing with Islam. Let us hope they understand, and grasp, and choose to make use of it.
“For many, the word “religion” commands immediate respect. In the American context, that word implicates the most important Constitutional protections. But is the ideology of Islam accurately, or helpfully, defined as a “religion”? Is that word, as understood in the Western world, properly applied to Islam, or does it help to hide a reality that needs to be understood? These are the questions that Rebecca Bynum asks, and to which she offers answers, in this, the first book-length investigation of how to most accurately describe or define Islam.”
Senior Editor, New English Review
“Rebecca Bynum has written an important book about a subject that all too few of our politicians, bureaucrats, educators or journalists dare to acknowledge, the profound threat of Islam to the very survival of Western civilization. Exploding the dual myths of Islamic tolerance and kinship with the biblical religions, Bynum demonstrates that world-domination is Islam’s fundamental project.
”A must read.”
--Richard L. Rubenstein
Lawton Distinguished Professor of Religion Emeritus, Florida State University
Author of After Auschwitz and Jihad and Genocide
"A highly original explanation of why a successful civilisation may crumble before the onslaught of a primitive doctrine."
Author of The New Vichy Syndrome