They are all pawns in a stealth holy war, unwittingly advancing the jihadist agenda not by violence but through endeavors designed to acclimate and subject us to Islamic law - just the way Osama bin Laden wants it.
In Stealth Jihad, best-selling author Robert Spencer exposes how a silent but lethal movement is advancing on the United States and calls upon Americans to resist it - before it's too late.
©2008 Robert Spencer; (P)2008 Tantor
The implications of Spencer's book, at first glance, struck me as alarmist hyperbole designed to sell books to a fearful audience. However with careful documentation of the subject matter and a persuasive writing style, he carefully makes his points without the use of the fear mongering rhetoric that I had feared prior to purchasing this audiobook.
The narrator, Lloyd James, was an excellent choice. His voice is authoritative, yet not condescending. He reads with an even tone and cadence that contributed to the perception that this book was a reasoned, factual documentary of the radical Islamic agenda for the United States.
Unfortunately, it is precisely the fact that this book is a well-documented, reasoned, and calmly presented account of its topic, and not a shrill, anti-Islamic diatribe, that make its conclusions all the more frightening for our nation's future. This book's implications are an unpleasant reality that must be understood and confronted by the American public. Put this selection on your "must read" (listen) list.
Before I go into a detailed review, please note that this book is not my normal read. Coming from a background in mathematics, I applaud deductive reasoning and cold logic. Likewise, I try to stay away from emotionally driven political or religious attack topics. If a person supports their arguments over-and-over again with "if they did this, then it obviously means they did that" or "doing this means they support that", I tend to get annoyed.
The reason I purchased this book was because I have absolutely no clue about the reasoning or the history behind the recent increase in terrorism. In fact, I am not even certain that it is an increase. I was hoping this book would explore those avenues to provide me with a clearer understanding of the historical perspective surrounding the "Jihad" crisis.
If you have read any reviews of this book, or if you read the title, then you are probably asking yourself why I would read this versus something a bit more academic. Well, the reviews were relatively high and I have never read anything along the lines of the genre before. I figured it was a decent starting point. If you're looking for a book that outlines the reasoning behind the current Islamic terror strikes, then this is NOT a proper book for you.
Now that I have that out of the way. How was the book?
Well, the author knows his business when it comes to the key players and groups who have funded anything even remotely related to the Islamic terror organizations. I learned quite a bit there. As far as facts, he states them clearly, but frequently embellishes them with dysphemisms. I found it exhausting at times to hear his leaps in logic, and I certainly wish he would stick with facts only (those alone are pretty persuasive). His most powerful statements are really saved until the end.
I will not cover any of the information that he delivers, mainly because it is mostly of the form of logical leaps and somewhat clouded opinion; however, he does make many salient points that should be considered. In the end, I appreciated that he (after attacking Islam the entire text) said there are many Muslims living in the United States who are NOT trying to subvert the system and make Islam the dominant/only religion in our country.
If you get anything from this review, it should be the following: PLEASE APPROACH THIS TEXT WITH AN OBJECTIVE MINDSET. Do not allow yourself to be led by the nose into his propaganda.
I am not saying that the author is wrong - I am saying that he often puts too much emphasis on his viewpoints and leaps in logic rather than the logic itself. Always be skeptical when reading material like this. Unlike many who would likely read this book, I am not the pulpit that the preacher is preaching to... I am someone interested in information.
On a lighter note, the narrator does a wonderful job!
I certainly hope this review makes sense... I am two glasses into a bottle of wine.
Our society is filled with life's little subtleties, and this book reminds me that there are many things going on in our midst that were not even aware of.
I remember a great saying that I heard many years ago..... " Notice What You Notice". I guess if ever there was a time to heed that advice, the time is now. But, yet at the same time we can't live in fear and we have to continue living the life that we have.
Is Islam a religion of peace or is silencing the critics part of an overall supremacist Islamic Agenda. The book clearly says that silencing is a part of a larger agenda-to rule the world under shari'a.
I found this book to be a fascinating look into the various dynamics to make up the fabric of America itself, the blending of the “melting pot” of various cultures, religions and peoples from all over the world.
The author takes somewhat of a paranoid perspective (and probably rightfully so since America was attacked on 9/11) in investigating and taking a close look at the infiltration of Islam throughout American culture.
Of course, we should a learned a long time ago that “one bad apple don’t spoil the whole bunch more”, but there’s a natural tendency to fall into “groupthink” and develop an “us versus them” mentality.
I don’t believe this is good in the long run, but it is one of the knee-jerk reactions that people tend to fall into.
There’s no doubt we have enemies both abroad and now in the homeland, but we have to realize what we’re doing to ourselves if we begin to become isolationist, paint other groups with the same broad brush, profile and pre-judge people and situations just because it’s based out of fear.
I do agree with the author in this regard, and that we need to be on our guard, notice things that are “out of the ordinary” and be sure we report those unusual activities to the proper authorities.
This is a good book to read, and as long as you keep a level head and rationale about everything, it can be very helpful in all of us trying to figure out how to get along a little bit better.
I confess I had this one around for awhile, thinking it would be a bit dry but I 'ought' to listen to it. I finally did and it was great. I realize that I fall into the group...most of us...that if we're not willing to do much to protect our freedoms and we're fighting a foe that will do anything and everything to achieve their ends (such as give their own lives), then I'm part of the problem. The book makes a compelling case and Robert Spencer is a very solid analyst and researcher. Really, I came away thinking that we'll look back at the last 10 to 12 years and realize we were focused on the wrong thing (another possible attack, wars) while insidiously something far more subtle and far-reaching was occurring. I'm ready to read another!
Retired with a passion for nonfiction. To find out how my views compare or diverge with respect to what's known.
Insightful as to how opportunistic agents work in the background to alter the belief
structure of the vulnerable in a society.
For years I have been aware of the subtle but significant changes happening in America to accomodate and appease Muslims. Robert Spencer in a very concise and clear manner exposes the Muslim agenda which is to take superiority over all other religions and infuse Sharia law into Western civilization in a manner which is unbeknownst to many and especially those who we rely on to protect us at the highest levels. This is a must read for every thinking individual who is cognisant of what is happening in Europe and around the globe where the Muslim agenda is quietly and forcefully changing the world in which we live.
Described by some as a raving Islamaphobe, Robert Spencer is one of the few voices in the media providing a non sensationalist rational critique of the Muslim agenda, both radical and occult.
Also recommended by the same author - Islam unveiled.
"It's not Islamaphobia if they actually do want to kill you". - unknown.
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