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Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
This was wasted time for someone who read the first book Ms. Ali wrote, "Infidel." Huge chunks of the book were nearly (or actually) the same as many from that book without updates or added nuance. I find Ms. Ali a compelling figure, but this book, having read that one, was pointless.
What could Ayaan Hirsi Ali have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
Ms. Ali works at a U.S. think tank, yet the majority of her assertions as to how to improve Muslim-Non-Muslim relations--regardless of what you think of them--utterly lacked statistics or how she would hope they'd be implemented in America or another specific country.
Which scene was your favorite?
Really the only thing that stood out was how so many paragraphs were (nearly?) the same as her first book.
If this book were a movie would you go see it?
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Hirsi Ali does and excellent job at breaking down the issue of radical Islam in the 21st century for a Western audience, who might not otherwise be familiar with the problems that it may pose. She gives a perspective from her own life in Somalia, Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia, Kenya, The Netherlands, and America. Having been exposed to a broad array of diverse cultures, her heterodox views seem more legitimate as she speaks of the urgency with which the West needs to address the religious, and socio-economic toils of Eastern Islamic countries. She tells her own story of how she was raised as a Muslim, as well as the stories of her family and friends. This is necessary reading for anyone who wants to better understand Islam in our world today.
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