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What made the experience of listening to Radical the most enjoyable?
I am obsessed with understanding the path towards (and away from) political radicalism. Nawaz deftly explains what motivated his turn towards Islamism and how, through intense experiences and self-reflection, he moved away from it. Though I was never as radical as he was, and was certainly not an Islamist, his story speaks to me. He really shows how youthful pain and idealism can quickly morph into extremism. More importantly, he shows how sober-minded reflection, honesty and humility leads us back towards humanity.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Radical?
The analysis of Sayyid Qutb and how his 2 years at Stanford led indirectly to the likes of Osama bin Laden was beyond fascinating. The observation that the radical - Islamist and otherwise - is involved in a kind of co-dependent relationship with the object of its hatred (i.e. America) is an unusually insightful one.
What does David Linski bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
The reading of the book is quite eloquent and far less dry than most audio books.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I could definitely have listed to the entire book in one sitting. My life is far too busy for that so I listened to it whenever I had a free moment.
Any additional comments?
It is rare to hear someone with such obvious qualifications weigh in on the subject of Islamism and deradicalization. We need this kind of depth, familiarity, bravery and objectivity in order to help wrap our heads around this very important issue. Thank you. Maajid Nawaz for a truly important book!
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
This book and his story helped me have a greater understanding of something I always wondered ( Why do they hate us so much )! He makes it personal.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful