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Posted December 27, 2008
A young American documentary film-maker decides to find out what all the fuss is about global terrorism and religious fanaticism. Who better to ask than Mr. bin Laden himself ? So, he decides to go look for him. He doesn't find him, but in the end, he is much sadder, but also definitely much wiser. <BR/><BR/>He travels from the U.K. to France, from Egypt to Saudi Arabia, from Afghanistan to Pakistan, speaks to hundreds of people from all walks of life, who represent scores of cultures and a multitude of religions. Mr. Spurlock presents a very even-handed account of the rise of religious extremism and international terrorism. He looks at the causes that make ordinary people into killers of innocent people, he examines the role of developed countries in inadvertently fanning the resentment, he and he tries to figure out what measures should be taken to bring the world back from the edge of the abyss where it is tottering at the moment. <BR/><BR/>This is a book which presents the present-day socio-political climate without resorting to any jargon. It is one man's attempt to understand how the world has become such a dangerous place in the space of a few decades, and his resulting narrative is also an impassioned appeal for humanizing the enemy, for improving the quality of life of millions of people who struggle just to put food on their tables every day, and the need to use the modern communications we have at our disposal to educate people all over the world. <BR/><BR/>I am not a current-affairs buff, but, even so, I enjoyed Mr. Spurlock's reasonable tone, his genuine effort to stay open-minded, and his honest attempt at looking at the world through the eyes of people driven to the extreme, who have gone off the deep end, and resorted to murder and mayhem in order to achieve their objectives. A must read for anybody.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 26, 2008
I was a little skeptical trying to wrap my mind around a comedic book about terrorism but somehow Morgan Spurlock makes it work. The humor is often pointed at the misconceptions of any number of populations: Israel, Palestine, Pakistan, Taliban.<BR/><BR/>I found the book truly informative and often surprising. A wonderful read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 13, 2009
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