I am a political conservative who likes honest, even critical history. If you are partial toward historians that are apologists for and who white wash past mistakes and wrongs, I would not recommend this book.
Though in many ways the American experiment may be exceptional, America's history of conquest, expropriation and displacement of natives, of chattel slavery, etc., is in no way exceptional nor remarkable. It is the history of the world.
I am guessing I have purchased better than 60 audible books to date. I should review more of them on this site. Robert Spencer is one of Audible's invaluable authors. Before I got hooked up with Audible, I bought and listened to the cassette tape edition of Spencer's "Islam Unveiled: Disturbing Questions About the World's Fastest Growing Faith." It is excellent. I notice with Islam Unveiled, as with these reviews here on "The Truth About Muhammad," there are some one or two starred reviews from people that either did not appear to have listened to the audio book or from people who only reviewed "one" audio book on the Audible web-site:
I've got three good biographies of Muhammad including Audible's "Muhammad" by Martin Lings. I recommend it, though unlike Spencer, Lings' biography is more of an apologetic of the prophet's life. Suffice it to say, Muhammad, unlike Jesus and Moses, was a warrior-king along the order of King David, though perhaps more violent than David. There may be those who will dispute this point. A Biography that details the violent exploits of a warrior-king is not necessarily an exciting read or listen, yet in the case of Muhammad it is a must read; because he was and still is such an important historical figure. Robert Spencer is a scholar on Islam whether you agree with his conclusions or not. I cannot recommend Spencer's books enough to audible subscribers; all of them.
This is a must-listen to book for every thinking American citizen.
I've been an audible subscriber for some time now. This is the darnedest debate I have yet to hear on Audible. The expert witnesses were impressive enough but who chose this audience that ultimately voted on the question at hand? What were the parameters that made up the selection of this audience? Essentially, the question was, "Is Israel a criminal enterprise or not?" The majority voted that "yes" indeed Israel is a criminal enterprise. It does not deserve to exist. Again, who chose this audience?
Next to Robert V. Remini's, "Andrew Jackson And His Indian Wars," this book has got to be a classic.
Essentially great American leaders, from Thomas Jefferson to Andrew Jackson, pursued policies of land acquisition from Native Americans; whether by forcing tribes to relinquish land by threats, intimidation and bribery or by forcible removal, European immigrants overspread the continent, dispossessing the natives as we went, until we became a great and a mighty nation.
The book is not always easy listening due to the heart-rending historic narrative. This side of American history, though not new in terms of the history of great empires, is a must for anyone interested in this nation's expansionist history; its pursuit of foreign affairs today which continues to seek what is perceived to be in America's material, security and prosperity interests.
I highly recommend this book. I hope audible acquires other books in the genre.
I've listened to well over two dozen audio books from Audible. I'd have to say the Middle East, Israel, Islam, etc., are at the top of my reading and listening list.
I have read and listened to such great scholars, historians and writers as Daniel Pipes, Robert Spencer, Dore Gold, Kenneth Timmerman, Bernard Lewis, Martin Gilbert, Paul Johnson, etc.
Brigitte Gabriel --- "Because They Hate" --- has got to be amongst the most riveting and captivating of all!
Why do I say this? Because unlike many of our great scholars and writers, Brigitte Gabriel lived it. She knows the Arab world and the Muslim-Arab mind on an intimate and a personal level. Her life's story in southern Lebanon is compelling, shocking, gripping and at times heartrending.
She speaks with passion and authority. I am not putting down scholarship and I will continue to study our many fine scholars and experts, yet this book is a must for anyone interested in the threat we face here in the west. It's superb!
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