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In Defense of the West: American Values Under Siege

Recorded on January 13, 2005

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

American values and institutions are under stress, from terrorist attacks by opposing worldviews abroad to widespread domestic skepticism that American traditions are more valuable than others. In Defense of the West, Donald J. Devine asks whether these values can survive or be defended in a West that questions all traditions. Devine raises questions that are answered as the chapters develop, keeping readers engaged, while preventing quick dismissals of the concerns held by those not inclined to support the book's thesis - that Western vision and American values are worth questioning or defending. All standard solutions are considered and are brought together in an investigation of Western values that has a traditionalist bent, but still leaves the largest questions open for the reader to contemplate - including whether American values will, in fact, survive.

 

In Defense of the West  tells the story of the Western vision and its American values and institutions in a simple, easily communicated manner to a nation that is quickly losing an understanding of its roots. 

 

DONALD J. DEVINE, former Associate Professor of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland, holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Syracuse University. From 1981-1985, he served as Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. Currently, he is President of the Donald Devine Company, which provides policy and management consultation to government, nonprofit, and political clients; Professor and Director of the Center for the Study of American Values, Bellevue University, Nebraska; Adjunct Scholar for The Heritage Foundation; and columnist for The Washington Times.