”Standing my ground, I won’t back down.”
American Betrayal has stirred up controversy on both sides of the political spectrum, which has been extensively covered by Breitbart News and the Breitbart News Sunday program on Sirius XM Patriot channel 125.
The Mightier Pen Award is given to those who show a “commitment to a robust national security and their efforts to educate our countrymen and women about the need to practice the philosophy President Reagan called ‘peace through strength.” Past winners include Mark Helprin, Charles Krauthammer, Roger Ailes, William F. Buckley, Jr., A.M. Rosenthal, Andrew C. McCarthy, Norman Podhoretz, Claudia Rosett, and Monica Crowley.
Frank Gaffney, the CEO of the Center for Security Policy said:
Diana West is among America’s most thoughtful and intellectually invigorating writers of our time. Her efforts to illuminate the contemporary threats to our society and culture – and to map out their historical antecedents and the appropriate responses to them – in order to preserve our freedoms, Constitution and nation are exemplary. We take great pride in bestowing this recognition on a cherished friend and admired colleague.
In an interview with Breitbart News, West said that she first considered researching and writing American Betrayal while writing the book The Death of the Grown Up, which chronicles American reaction to the attack on September 11, 2001. She said that Americans were taking an “ideological approach to reality,” and that they have pretended that Islam was, in the words of George W. Bush, a “religion of peace.”
She wanted to find other historical examples of this experience and said, “I was shocked to find out just how much precedent and how many parallels there are in the American experience with Communism.”