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Posted April 18, 2002
Fiction more than reality
I have to be truthful. I will make this review on an authored product without being biased, however, some of the stories she mentioned is really what is being traded in the middle east, but it doesn't mean it is truthful: 1. Text for each country was not fragmented for easy reading or reference. More of information flow and then overload. 2. Based on the above remark, the table of contents is not helpful. 3. Footnotes at the end of the book contain more stories and comments rather that references to sources she used for the information she referenced. These comments should've been in the original text itself. 4. As she stated in the introduction, more of her information are based on interviews. This meaning, these chats provided her with many of the stories she mentioned. Meaning that she has no reliable resources to support all the allegations, she made. It was all rumors and hearsay. 5. She has a tendency to to put descriptions to every event. This is not what a reported should do. Her role is only to report not to comment. Things like: NAIVE request, PRE-ISLAMIC setting, GREADY acquisition, etc. I really question her reporting. It is more of reporting on her FEELINGS that what is out there. New York Times reporting is also in question here because of her. 6. No one can have all that information about so many countries without actually living in them. Since she did not, she wishes to convince people that all the information is correct. 7. She ventured into a very dangerous area that she proved having no business going there: Islam and Prophet Mohammed. Apparently most of the information she mentioned were false and invalid. In addition, she relied on Western resources for this information, which is not a good researcher ethic to invest in time to read materials supporting and unbiased of whatever issues he is researching. Again, information on Prophet Mohammed is mostly FALSE. I do not think I gave justice to this book in these comments. There are more. If you fancy reading stories and you understand it may be more fiction that real, then you can read this book to see how controversial is the middle east (the old world). Regards to all,Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 18, 2000
There is a Whole Other World Out There
and this book draws you into it. Miller's account of the rise of Islamic militantism drawn from her reporting career in the Middle East helps create a framework for understanding the current state of affairs in an area of the world that few Westerners have ever known. I nearly put the book down after the first accounts of the first two countries, thinking that the story would be the same for the remaining countries. Happily, I perservered. I am adamant in my opinion that you will want to read every last word!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 17, 1999
Well done general overview
As the title reads, this is a reporting job, not an academic study. That said, this books does a good job of giving the reader a general overview to militant Islam and its paralyzing effect on this region of the world.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.