The Spiders of Allah: Travels of an Unbeliever on the Frontline of Holy War

The Spiders of Allah: Travels of an Unbeliever on the Frontline of Holy War

by James Hider
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The Spiders of Allah: Travels of an Unbeliever on the Frontline of Holy War 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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AvidReaderMS More than 1 year ago
James Hider's book "the Spiders of Allah should be on the "must read" list of any American who wants to be informed of what is really going on in the Middle East. Our troops are sent to fight a war they do not understand, and are sent in with little useful information from our military to help them survive. I have questioned soldiers returning from Iraq and they can't tell me why they are there without quoting President George W. Bush. This should frighten all of us. Mr. Hider gives you a closer look at the actual conditions in an area unknown to most of us, since our media coverage is heavily censored before publication. Mr. Hider moves among the everyday people and sees their world like it is, not as we Americans are allowed to believe. Also, since he does not follow any particular religion of his own, he can see with a clear eye and report truthfully without prejudice.. Mr. Hider is Times (UK) Middle Eastern Bureau Chief based in Jerusalem and understands the problems he reports from his personal experiences. Pass this one on to your friends.
kren250 More than 1 year ago
Non-fiction, this book is written by an atheist journalist who spent many months in Iraq as well as Israel. In addition to his personal experiences in the war zones (everything from being in Fallujah during the US invasion to suicide bombers blowing people to bits), he also writes about his personal views towards violence based on religious beliefs. There is also a bit of history of the peoples of Iraq and Israel thrown in , as well. I'm agnostic with strong leanings towards atheism, and was excited to get my hands on this book. It did not disappoint. Hider's cynical views towards the conflicts and religion were interesting, and at times funny in a horrific yet honest way. The history parts of the book are enough to give you a little background, but not enough to bog you down.