My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (

Friday, July 22, 2011

An important new book from Terry Glavin!

Terry Glavin's new book, Come From the Shadows: The Long and Lonely Struggle for Peace in Afghanistan, is coming out in October and I just can't wait. There's nobody in Canada who knows more about Afghanistan than Terry and this book will turn some heads. I was lucky enough to read the prologue and it blew me away.

Some people think that Terry is the Christopher Hitchens of Canada - they actually have it backwards. Hitchens is the Terry Glavin of the United States. He's a great journalist and cares passionately about the people of Afghanistan.

The Free Thinking Film Society will be hosting a book launch for Terry in Ottawa, so stay tuned.

Here are some mini-reviews of the book:

"Glavin’s forensic demolition of pious myths about Afghanistan and fierce defence of liberal values is persuasive and exhilarating."
Ophelia Benson, co-author of Why Truth Matters, Jul 13, 2011

“The Afghan people have friends around the world who have courageously joined us in our fight for our freedom and civil liberties, but few have been as devoted to our cause as Terry Glavin. His journalism gives our silenced voices the power to be heard in the West.”
Fawzia Koofi, Afghan MP and author of Letters to My Daughters, Jun 27, 2011

"The best journalism exists to refute self-serving and self-satisfied prejudices. With reporting from the ground and historical scholarship, Terry Glavin demolishes our illusions about Afghanistan, and produces a book that is at once an assault on received wisdom and a humane defence of the rights of subjugated peoples."
Nick Cohen, author of What's Left?, Jun 22, 2011

"Terry Glavin is the West's most eloquent advocate of the cause of Afghan liberty. His voice is a powerful counterweight to the many others who relentlessly counsel abdication of that cause."
Sohrab Ahmari, co-editor of Re-Orient, a forthcoming anthology of essays by young Mideast reformers, Jun 22, 2011


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