My introduction to Dennis Prager took place in 1981, at a synagogue in Reno, Nevada. There we were – a group of grown men huddled around a tape player – listening to a recording of a guy who was principally known to Angelinos through his local radio show called “Religion on the Line.” Dennis has raised his profile a good bit since then, and he has done much to change the world in the process.
Prager has just released his fifth book, entitled Still the Best Hope, which he refers to as the culmination of his life’s work. That speaks loudly for a man who has become one of America’s most recognized voices on the American cultural scene. Between his national radio show, his frequent television appearances, and his non-stop speaking schedule (throughout the United States and around the world), Prager has come a long way from those days thirty years ago when a minyan gathered to hear his insights.
Prager has clearly and cogently evaluated the three greatest forces of societal thought today – Leftism, Islamism, and America – to convincingly argue why America stands out as the greatest force for mankind. Dennis presents a detailed explanation of the weaknesses of both the Left and Islam – not only today, but throughout their history. After effectively dismantling both cultures as a beneficial conduit for man’s hopes and dreams, Prager takes you into an explanation of American principles – where they derive from and why they have provided more people of all races, creeds, and religions with the greatest wealth and lifestyle in the history of the planet.
Many of the themes within the book will be very familiar to regular listeners of his radio show, which elicits two questions: why should you read this book, and who else should? Though you may already have heard many of his conclusions on the Left and Islam, Prager masterfully ties the package together during the final portion of the book, which defines American thought. Dennis conveyed to me that he struggled mightily to write this book. It is longer than he wanted it to be, yet he had to omit some things that he still wanted to convey. However, having now read it, I believe that his struggle was worth the pain because it seems just right in its length and how it culminates.