Called one of the “top young public-policy makers in the country” by Investor’s Business Daily, Dinesh D’Souza quickly became known as a major influencer on public policy through his writings. His first book, Illiberal Education (1991), publicized the phenomenon of political correctness in America’s colleges and universities and became a New York Times bestseller for 15 weeks. It has been listed as one of the most influential books of the 1990s.
In 1995, D’Souza published The End of Racism, which became one of the most controversial books of the time and another national bestseller. His 1997 book, Ronald Reagan: How an Ordinary Man Became an Extraordinary Leader, was the first book to make the case for Reagan’s intellectual and political importance. D’Souza’s The Virtue of Prosperity (2000) explored the social and moral implications of wealth.
In 2002, D’Souza published his New York Times bestseller What’s So Great About America, which anticipated the case that would need to be made for American exceptionalism and was critically acclaimed for its thoughtful patriotism. His 2003 book, Letters to a Young Conservative, has become a handbook for a new generation of young conservatives inspired by D’Souza’s style and ideas. The Enemy at Home, published in 2006, stirred up a furious debate both on the Left and the right. It became a national bestseller and was published in paperback in 2008, with a new afterword by the author responding to his critics.
Just as D’Souza is one of the nation’s most articulate spokesmen for a reasoned and thoughtful conservatism, he has also been an equally brilliant and forceful defender of Christianity. What’s So Great About Christianity (2008) not only intelligently explained the core doctrines of the Christian faith, it also explained how the freedom and prosperity associated with Western Civilization rest upon the foundation of biblical Christianity. Life After Death: The Evidence (2009) shows why the atheist critique of immortality is irrational and draws the striking conclusion that it is reasonable to believe in life after death. D’Souza’s latest foray into the debate over Christianity is his 2010 New York Times bestselling book, Godforsaken, in which he takes on the leading argument against Christianity: the pain and suffering critique of the faith.
In 2010, D’Souza wrote The Roots of Obama’s Rage, which was described as the most influential political book of the year, and set off a firestorm which ultimately led to D’Souza’s first film, 2016: Obama’s America. The film quickly rose to the second highest grossing political documentary of all time, easily passing Michael Moore’s Sicko and Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth. 2016 is also the #6 bestselling documentary of all time.
D’Souza’s second analysis of Obama came in his 2014 book, Obama’s America: Unmaking the American Dream, which climbed to #1 on the New York Times bestseller list and also influenced the 2016 film. In these two books, D’Souza makes the case that Obama’s agenda was in fact inherited from his father who harbored anti-colonial hatred toward the West.
This thesis about Obama’s motivations would prove to have predictive power in the coming years, anticipating Obama’s actions at home and abroad. Two years after the film’s release, D’Souza recorded this update.
2016 garnered national attention and was critical in the conversation leading up to the 2012 election. In fact, the film ruffled so many feathers that it led to D’Souza being personally attacked on the president’s website, BarackObama.com.
Undeterred, D’Souza continued his call for thoughtful patriotism with his 2014 #1 New York Times bestselling book, America: Imagine A World Without Her. In the book, he explores the landscape of a world in which America had lost the Revolutionary War. Is America a source of pride, as Americans have long held, or shame, as progressives allege?
The wild success of the book led to a film with the same name, which opened in theaters on the 4th of July, 2014 with an A+ Cinemascore rating.