Conservative books are not a rare commodity in an election season, but most such books tackle a single subject or area. Some can be very good but have a narrow focus that they follow through along its path. That is not the case with High Noon for America: The Coming Showdown from Jamie Glazov which brings together some of the symposia that he has overseen through the years into a collection that deals with many of the larger issues that confront our civilization.
Here deep thinkers like Richard Pipes, Robert Spencer, Michael Ledeen, Vladimir Bukowsky, Tawfik Hamid, Nonie Darwish and Nancy Kobrin discuss some of the really big ideas, many of which are too big for even a single book, and yet manage to fit neatly and compactly into this small volume.
The trick is the mechanism of the symposium which brings together different views from very different thinkers into a format which allows for the clash of ideas and the synthesis of conclusions. Rather than advocating a single thesis, High Noon for America just as often offers a variety of perspectives; angles of light out of a window overlooking the edge of time.
The contributors include historians and dissidents, activists and architects of foreign policy, bridging the gap between the grass roots and the ivory tower for lively and stimulating discussions on everything from Communism and Islamism to radical politics and the future of the United States. These are weighty issues and they come with weighty perspectives. In assembling this volume, Glazov did not simply zero in on the cutting edge issues, as it would have been very easy to do, but has assembled symposia with an eye to the widest perspective, rather than the most immediate trending topic.
In High Noon for America the sun is clearly setting and yet the slowness of its descent allows the reader to join the assembled personalities in an upholstered chair to ponder its bloody rays and the darkness that may follow in its wake. Casting a look back at the past, some of the men who helped define the 20th Century, including Natan Sharansky and Richard Pipes, sift through the history that brought us here, while the visionaries of the future, including Robert Spencer and Michael Ledeen, confront the perilous future with equal boldness and courage. And we, who dangle on the strings of the present moment between the past and the future, can only watch and learn.
We can only admire the foresight of Robert Spencer when, in a symposium taking place during the Libyan War, he says, “Obama has affirmed his support for “˜the universal rights of the Libyan people,” including “˜the rights of peaceful assembly, free speech, and the ability of the Libyan people to determine their own destiny,” but he has never specified who in Libya is working to uphold and defend those rights.” This would indeed prove to be the sticking point of this humanitarian intervention, as it has of so many other humanitarian interventions in the past….