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Reading nonfiction is a lot like eating a fish you have to learn to swallow the meat and spit out the bones. This has some bones but as the saying goes history is very much his (or her) story. Read the suggested books which the author calls the books you are not supposed to read, but read others on Islam also. You will find this book is closer to the truth then many other books on the subject. This has renewed my reading of the Qur'an and histories of the era surrounding the crusades. Over all, I recommend it as an addition to anyone's library.
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An alternative to the mainstream narrative regarding Islam and the Crusades. It is primarily aimed at Christian Americans, and in some cases I think it goes to far in it's defence of the Bible and Christians, and it's vilification of Islam. It is however worth reading this book as many of it's points are legitimate and well argued, and it is refreshing to hear a point of view that is normally silenced in the bulk of traditional media.
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I had thought that the non-pc aspect of the title might mean that this was a rather more wide-reaching exploration of Islam and how its history and that of the Crusades impacts on the situation today. However, this is essentially an anti Islam rant with no real objective discussion.
That's not to say that I don't agree with some of the points being put across, I do, but it's done in such a one-sided and repetitive manner that I can't see the book winning any converts to its viewpoint.
The audiobook isn't helped by the fact that the reader, Jeff Riggenbach sounds like a commentator on one of those US fly-on-the-wall road cop TV shows where you feel every sentence should end with an exclamation mark.
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