Is Barbra Streisand a star? Is Bruce Springsteen a star? Is Sean Penn a star? Are any of the Hollywood players who endlessly complain about America (and make $20 million per picture) and say that America is a racist, imperialist country a star? Ben Stein doesn’t think so. He says that the men and women who wear the uniform of the United States of America and fight for our freedom while risking their lives for $1,500 a month are the real stars. He says the real stars are the ones who fight fires and fight crime and teach autistic children for modest wages. When Ben wrote this in an online essay not too long ago, it became one of the most widely circulated pieces in the history of the Internet. Likewise, when Ben said that he had no idea who Nick and Jessica were and wondered why they got so much media attention, but that he knew for sure that here was no harm in Americans wishing each other Merry Christmas or hanging Christmas wreaths, and that as a Jew, he did not feel at all offended by the celebration of Christmas, his column was circulated to millions. These columns have appeared in The New York Times, on CBS News, in The American Spectator, and on E! Online. Here, Ben has compiled them into a book of commentaries that will help you get your head on straight about what is important in our world today and what is nonsense. You will feel anger, joy, and sadness as you read these essays . . . and you are sure to learn something valuable from all of them.
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美国亚马逊： 33 条评论
Refreshing...2007年12月24日 - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
Mr Stein has always demanded my respect due to his VERY impressive and cultured resume. Now, he adds even more points with this book. As a US soldier (currently serving in Iraq, and a Purple Heart veteran), it's truly refreshing to have a member of Hollywood actually be on the side of soldiers. Way too often "celebrities" use their freedom and wealth they've accumulated BECAUSE of those freedoms to sponsor campaigns speaking out against the very men and women responsible for preserving those freedoms. It's too easy for people to focus on what they have and how much more they want, rather than be thankful for what they do have, or might not. For ANYONE wanting a good read composed of honesty, i HIGHLY reccomend this. Further evidence of Mr Stein's stellar character is an interview of his i saw on Fox News where he says he prefers to say "Merry Christmas" over "Happy Holidays", despite being a (fellow) Jew, is because thats EXACTLY what Dec 25 is, CHRISTMAS. He doesn't believe in BS political correctness, just the honest truth, which is where more Americans need to be...that would easily get rid of most of the problems in America today.
There are a lot of comparisons of true service to Hollywood and the like which opened my eyes to the stark differences2015年1月15日 - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
This book is a compilation of columns that Ben Stein wrote over the years. They are short readings broken down by title and where the article appeared. They are each about 2-5 pages in length. The subject will make you feel humbled and really put the perspective in place with the men and women of service and sacrifice. There are a lot of comparisons of true service to Hollywood and the like which opened my eyes to the stark differences, though we know they are there...making them all the more glaring.
A Neat Little Book for Friends2010年12月18日 - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
Ben Stein is an entertaining and informative personality, always delightful to see on TV interview programs. This is a wonderful "little book" that friends, colleagues and family may find to be a welcome gift. It's inspiring - the real stars are heroes like soldiers serving in the Middle East theatre of war. And others -- folks who don't necessarily go seeking attention thorugh their deeds (usually courageous and selfless). We have enough of the other kind of "heroes" so abundant in our society (as designated by breathless TV announcers). This is a book you can put in briefcase and dip into regularly for inspiration. Give it to a younger man or woman still searching for the meaning of "hero."