Zero Hour America: History's Ultimatum over Freedom and the Answer We Must Give, By Os Guinness

Zero Hour America

History's Ultimatum over Freedom and the Answer We Must Give

by Os Guinness

Zero Hour America
  • Length: 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.5 in
  • Published: September 20, 2022
  • Imprint: IVP
  • Item Code: A0589
  • ISBN: 9781514005897

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America has lost its way. And America will fall—unless.

Revolution? Oligarchy? Or homecoming? Americans are approaching a "zero hour" for the republic and its distinctive view of ordered freedom. America is caught between two revolutions and alternately suppresses and squanders freedom with a prodigal carelessness, with little understanding of the responsibilities that freedom requires.

Os Guinness warns that if America abandons its distinctive ideals and ideas, we will have carved into the chronicles of history yet another example of the failure of a free society. Like other crucial times in world history, the present crisis is a "civilizational moment" and also a pivot point that could lead to national renewal. Outlining seven key foundation stones of freedom, Guinness lays out a pathway for defining and ordering freedom, righting national wrongs, and passing freedom's baton from generation to generation.

Human freedom is precious and rare, and citizens who prize it must do what it takes to renew and sustain societies that are free for all of their members. America's window of opportunity is brief, and the alternative to renewal is bleak. The present moment must not be missed.

"A must-read for anyone hoping to grapple with the decline of the United States, and who longs to see it return to the grand vision of its founding ideals."

Steve Forbes, chairman and editor in chief, Forbes Media

"Os Guinness is the Paul Revere for this generation, warning America to wake up before it's too late. With his keen insight and characteristic wisdom, Os diagnoses the root cause of the threats to our freedom and prescribes a look back and inward. In his helpful and engaging style, Os persuasively explains why knowing history and understanding virtue are prerequisites for the restoration of true freedom."

Steve Daines, US senator for Montana

"While many have commented that the loss of faith and virtue are responsible for the precipitous decline of freedom and prosperity in America, few have explained the problem with the dazzling insight and gusto that Guinness provides. Zero Hour America is a bracing and powerful book that demands reading."

Mollie Hemingway, editor in chief, The Federalist


Part One: The Urgency of the Hour
1. America Will Fall—Unless
2. Under Our Own Vine and Fig Tree
3. No Political Masterpiece?
4. The Completest Revolution of All?
5. An Offset for the Reset?

Part Two: Freedom's Foundation Stones
6. Set Free to Be Free
7. Understood Upward
8. The Essentials of Life
9. Ordering Freedom
10. Freedom the Greatest Enemy of Freedom
11. Righting Wrongs
12. Passing the Baton

Part Three: Ultimatum
13. Zero Hour for America



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Os Guinness

Os Guinness (DPhil, Oxford) is the author or editor of more than thirty-five books, including The Dust of Death, The Call, Fool's Talk, Carpe Diem Redeemed, The Magna Carta of Humanity, Last Call for Liberty, Impossible People, Unspeakable, and Time for Truth. He is the founder of the Trinity Forum, a prominent social critic, and a frequent speaker who has addressed audiences worldwide.