Congratulations to Diana West, one of my favorite columnists, who has a new book out-The Death of the Grown-up: How America’s Arrested Development Is Bringing Down Western Civilization.

The advance word is splendid, including this from George Will:

“The most intriguing question about American culture-even more intriguing than, ‘When and why did men start hugging each other?’-is the question Diana West tackles in this penetrating and witty book: ‘When and why did Americans decide to stop growing up?’ Actually, I have a depressing feeling that the two questions are related.”

Speaking of related questions, I read Diana avidly because she is one of the few columnists in the country who can look unflinchingly at the Islamic threat we face-and a quote from Steven Emerson indicates that this book will contain more on this subject. Emerson writes:

“Diana has masterfully recognized and explained how certain trends within Western culture have fundamentally altered Western identity and weakened our resolve to combat a fierce enemy, radical Islam.”