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Sam Harris left no stone unturned explaining his thesis that
The audio by a professional narrator is clear and distinct. But, having heard Sam Harris speak, I was surprised by his stilted and tedious writing style. The subject matter is important, and what he has to say deserves to be heard and considered by all. But Sam Harris could say it all with1/2 the words. The important messages of this book need to be extracted into a more concise and succinct read. Near the end of the book I set the playbook speed to 2x normal just to get it over with. I will continue to seek out Sam Harris' Podcast lectures and debates, but as a writer, he has a style something akin to slow drying paint. Being very pedantic, his writing is not nearly as engrossing as his speaking style.
I think Sam Harris is great. I agree with may of the others about the reader. It would have been much better if Harris had read it himself. I usually don't like books read by the author, but in this case it would have been a better choice. Letter to a christian Nation was a better book.
In general I agree broadly with Harris' views on religion and society.
However, I do not agree with the way he singles out Islam for extensive ridicule. Although religious zealotry is rampant among Islamic fighters and their fellow travelers, let us not forget that our president claims he has a personal contact with Jesus Christ and uses that language to foster support among our home grown zealots.
Moreover the fact is suicide bombs as a tactic of warfare simply work. Typically opponents of American foreign policy have no WMDs and Fighter Jets and ICBMs cannot be defeated with rifles.
If the US military footprint only extended to the US border we (the cannon fodder) would not be terrorist targets.
This is more of a muslim-bashing book than a anti-theist book (half the book is devoted to specifically criticize islam). The author also completely whitewashes the US foreign policy towards the middle east, rationalizes torture, supports the invasion of Iraq, and in general sounds like a neocon. He even advocates killing people for thought crimes (how is that different from what religious nutjobs believe?).
Some good points, but overall it's garbage. I enjoyed Dawkins's books a lot more.
Sam Harris argues that the we cannot afford moderate lip service to religion - and argues it well. Very persuasive and enlightening. I think Sam Harris is brilliant and I love to listen to his arguments. I highly recommend this book. I loved it.
If you like Sam Harris's The End of Faith, be sure to also read/listen to Letter to a Christian Nation.