This is the first book I have read of Robert Spencer and I can report that it will not be the last. The author is a genius. He takes a complicated subject and boils it down to what is logical and what is not. I've got a whole new view of Islam and I now understand why there are terrorists.
Half the book is quotes. Despite its title, the crusades arent discussed til chapter 11.
We are taught the names of every single islamic ruler since the dawn of time complete with their years on earth.
I found myself wishing the book was over so that i could move on to other titles in my library
Note: This is not the narrater's fault
Every appeaser should read this book, an honest look at the "peaceful" religion of Islam straight from the horse's mouth (The Quran). Spencer make his points and backs each and every one up with the text quoted directly from their holiest of books. Very informative, though disturbing. Wake up America, this threat is real.
A must read for every bomb shelter. Prepare to wrap yourself in that old warm freindly cloak known as fear. There are some interesting points(carefully selected) which are probably used by both the author and extremists on both sides to validate their own agendas. At one point the Narrator says that some would argue that he has just cherry picked certain phrases that support his assertions. He responds "In a word no." Thank goodness for a second there I thought I was just paranoid.
I enjoyed this work. I think there may have been some items ("A Book you shouldn't read" for example) that made more sense in paper form but it was very well read and interesting throughout. I'm entirely unfamiliar with the subject matter and can't opine on whether the book is scholarly or accurate, but it certainly seemed so. Someone unfamiliar with this interesting topic and who is looking for an answer to the question "What is a Muslim extremist?" might enjoy this book as much as I did. It will make you come away with equal parts respect and apprehension.
This book opens your mind to the true nature of Islam(although there might be a few of that faith that would disagree), it changed my perspective of the religion and its followers. I don't think i will have a "jihad" any time soon but I will definitely be paying better attention to what is going in in that part of the world as well as my own. This book is a must read for any non-believer of Islam. I would rate it 6 stars across the board if there was another one available.
Considering the controversial and politically sensitive subject of this book, the author's strategy was clearly to combat the expected charge of bigotry by almost exclusively quoting the Koran, the news media, history books, and Islamic religious and political leaders such that the bulk of the material is not the author's interpretation, but rather the words of the Koran and the interpretation of its Muslim leaders. Given this almost legalistic style, I will say the redundancy of Koranic scripture can be a bit grinding. After 4 hours of chapter after chapter of quotations calling for violence, intolerance, bigotry, killing, oppression, conquest, torture and jihad I couldn’t believe I was only halfway through the book! However, the book did start looking at historical and current events related to Islam about then, so my interest was renewed. The realistic look at the Crusades was really a gem, having been educated in the liberal tradition, I believed the Crusades to be spontaneous, unjustified acts of European aggression. However, it is interesting to realize that the Crusades were chronologically a response to Muslim aggression, not a cause of it. It is also interesting to think that without the distraction that Crusades created against aggressive Islamic designs on Europe, European civilization may never have had the opportunity to progress securely, and then to flourish to create the culture we live in today... otherwise, no Galileo, Boticelli, Mozart, Shakespeare, Newton, Faraday, Dickens, Curie or Einstein. Overall the book is very informative, if anxiety-provoking. It seems we are facing a single-minded intolerant adversary of militant religionists committed to conquest and subjugation of nonbelievers, and our politically correct tendencies may be a great detriment in assessing this threat and its ability to be negotiated with. The book gives a perspective on the current terroristic and jihadist crisis one will not find in the news. Get it!
The Author opened my eyes about a lot of facts about Islam and the truth about Jihad and it’s motives .
The only disappointing point is the author is extremely biased when it comes to Crusades and the comparison between Jesus and Mohammed wasn’t very good specially he could used a lot of Hadeeth (Mohammed’s Saying) that’d made his point more clearer than the verses he used from The Quran.
If you like tabloids and half truths, you'll enjoy Mr. Spencer's writing. The book is a melodramatic view of Islam and Muslims full of historical distortions and loaded, emotionally charged words. The writing is amateurish and the style insipid. This is not a scholarly work.