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When the Nazis sought to convince the world and themselves of Aryan superiority, they looked to pseudo-science and distorted history to aid them in their quest. They portrayed themselves as victims under assault from an inferior and unenlightened world...I do believe Gilder has taken the Nazi manual and, without any sense of irony, cut and pasted their philosophy to explain the Jewish State of Israel. He cherry-picks his way through economics and looks at history from the narrowest of perspectives while assailing the rest of the world for being exactly who he is: a "blinkered" historian. In one example, he points to a population explosion in a proto-Israel at the turn of the century and attributes it to the immigration of industrious and agriculturally gifted Jews while totally ignoring that Israel's neighbors and most of the world enjoyed a similar rise in population. One can't ignore something like that without being willfully negligent as a historian or economist.
Gilder is no historian, he is a pitchman for an ideology. From the Kurzweil 2000 to conservative pulp, Gilder is a salesman plain and simple.
He's a helluva writer, though. I wish he'd put his talents to a better use.
 

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Gilder provides an honest juxtaposition of the Muslim world - uniformly inspired by Nazi ideology and medieval interpretations of the Quran - with Israel, a bastion of democracy; racial, ethnic, religious and gender equality; and intellectual openness and honesty. Gilder demonstrates that Israel's virtues are responsible for it overcoming all odds and becoming a technological powerhouse and economic miracle in the midst of a desert with limited natural resources and surrounded by hostile regimes. Gilder sets the line in the sand where individuals must stand who support the thoroughly modern and egalitarian values that Israel has defended at great expense and proves that western leaders who seek to impose 'land for peace' on Israel are guilty of naivete for failing to recognize that Israel's enemies pose as much threat to Jewish survival in the Middle East as to western values around the world.  

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A very engaging quick read. The book details the Israel of Today and how it got there... What an enterprise!
A definite 5 star must read recomendation.

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