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The Rage and the Pride

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2005

    Do not DARE tell me I am supposed to be offended by this book!!

    No, I am not mystified by 'her denial that there is a moderate Islam, will not sit well with American readers', it sits very well with me! And I know exactly what a cicada sounds like and am familiar with its incessant self absorbed chirping.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2002

    Thank you Ms. Fallacci, for a great book!

    This book speaks eloquently (wild writing style included) to what many of us know to be the truth. It pinpoints supporting information that only someone as worldly and honest as the author could effectively do. Brava Oriana! Should be read by all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2002

    A superb book from a supreme writer.

    I remember Fallaci from my childhood, "A man", and her razor sharp interviews with movers and shakers of 1960's and 1970's politics. I was pleseantly surprised to notice a new book by her. She is probably the most read Italian writer along with or close to Umberto Ecco. The book itself is a easy to read. As usual, it is full of sharp observations, which sometimes feel like a slap in your face. One may not agree to all she has to say. And she may have gone overboard by lumping "all" immigrants together and labeling them as "would be terrorists". But, never the less, the book raises several important points. Number one: it raises the vitally important issue of a critical and intellectually merciless discussion on Islam, as a religion and as an ideology. It has not been done. In my opinion, as a staunchly secular and anti clerical middle eastern person, this discussion is four hundred years over due, and we (the humankind) are paying a illogically high price for it. Point number two is a wakeup call for Western leaders to take the fundamentalist threat seriously. Even in the US, I do not see it happening. Point number three is for muslims themselves. They are culturally isolationist and intolerant. There is no other name for it. They need to find out how they appear to "others". And they need to see that this picture generally does not generate a lot of sympathy. Fallaci has done a good job (did we expect anything else?) and the only faults that I could detect, were some episodes of over sentimentality and drama. But that has been her style. She has totally thrashed the "new" left and the PC/"progressive" crowd, and in this PC world, it is refereshing to read an intelligent answer to this crowd (what you usually read from the so-called conservatives is pretty dumb). Thank you Miss Fallaci, but remember that a good number of immigrants that you see on the street are here b/c they also don't like what you hate about the current situation of Middle East and North Africa.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2002

    What a great read!

    There is nothing like a feisty Italian woman to express genuine outrage! This book embarrasses the rest of us who couldn't get down to the essence of the outrage and can't respond as well as she did. She is "only" a resident of NY and not an American, but she gives full voice to what we should be feeling and expressing. Good for her for doing it so well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2002

    Compelling

    I stumbled upon this book on a recent trip to Italy. I have always admired Ms. Fallaci's courage and truthfulness. This book has surpassed anything she has written previously, and is a MUST read for anyone who wants to truly understand the post-9/11 world in which we live. Rage and Pride gives me, as an American, a deeper appreciation of our collective strengths (and shortcomings)as well as a brutally honest view of the role that the European (and most specifically, the Italian) government plays - or refuses to play - in this global conflict.

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