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Since its inception under the name The Alternative in 1967, The American Spectator has influenced a generation of conservative thinkers with its unique view of American politics and its witty irreverence.  For its 40th anniversary, the magazine commissioned a series of essays posing the question, "Can the ideals that made America great provide a model for the world?"

The 10 essays are collected in a new Encounter Book, The Pursuit of Liberty:  Can the Ideals That Made America Great Provide a Model for the World?, edited by James Piereson.  Written by some of the most-distinguished political thinkers of our time, they paint a picture of a nation at a crossroads, with an epoch of relative peace and good will hanging in the balance. 

How should the United States proceed in its efforts to advance the cause of liberty in the world, they ask?  Has the grand tradition of "military liberalism" come to an end in Iraq?  Is the democratization of the Middle East a fool's errand?  Have conservatives forsaken Daniel Patrick Moynihan's maxim that culture, not politics, determines the success of a society?

As one would expect from The American Spectator, the responses are both fiery and edifying, representing a broad swath of American conservative thought.  The essayists include Bradley Prize recipients James Q. Wilson, Victor Davis Hanson, and Fouad Ajami.  They also include Norman Podhoretz, Andrew Roberts, James Kurth, Lawrence E. Harrison, Daniel Johnson, Natan Sharansky and Ron Dermer, and Michael Novak.

Piereson is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research in New York City and a frequent contributor to various journals and newspapers, including The New Criterion, Commentary, and The Weekly Standard.  He is the author of Camelot and the Cultural Revolution:  How the Assassination of John F. Kennedy Shattered American Liberalism.

Encounter Books is an activity of Encounter for Culture and Education, a nonprofit group that is substantially supported by The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee.  Bradley supports The American Spectator, the Manhattan Institute, The New Criterion, and Commentary, as well.
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