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Product Details

  • Series: City Lights Open Media
  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: City Lights Publishers (March 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0872865452
  • ISBN-13: 978-0872865457
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,430,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"John Feffer's Crusade 2.0: The West's Resurgent War Against Islam offers a brief but effective exposé of a social cancer that continues to grow exponentially, in America and Europe, threatening the security and civil liberties of Muslims and the principles and values of Western democracies." ---John L. Esposito, author of Islamophobia and the Challenge of Pluralism in the 21st Century and The Future of Islam

"John Feffer's illuminating and important new work, Crusade 2.0, sheds light on the disturbing phenomenon of Islamophobia in America with a clear-eyed view of history, meticulous research, and persuasive arguments. This accessible and informative book shows how fear-mongering, when married to ignorance and selfish political agendas, not only threatens to marginalize entire communities of innocent people but also undermine the core values of pluralism, tolerance and fairness that define America." ---Wajahat Ali, author of The Domestic Crusaders and lead author of Fear Inc., The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America produced by Center for American Progress

"If you want to understand the particular madness of America’s twenty-first century, you need to read John Feffer’s account of how Washington launched “crusade 2.0,” including two invasions and occupations of Muslim lands and a Global War on Terror sporting aptly named Hellfire missiles aimed directly at the Muslim world. Add in the injection of fear of Islam directly into the American bloodstream and the rise of Islamophobia as domestic political red meat, and you have a truly American nightmare. Feffer is its Homer and this is our sad Odyssey." ---Tom Engelhardt, director of TomDispatch.com, author of The United States of Fear

About the Author

Co-director of Foreign Policy in Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies, Feffer is author of several books, including North Korea, South Korea: U.S. Policy at a Time of Crisis. His articles have been published by New York Times, Boston Globe, Salon, American Prospect, Nation, TomDispatch; he has been interviewed on CNN, MSNBC, al-Jazeera, Democracy Now, and elsewhere.

More About the Author

John Feffer is the co-director of Foreign Policy in Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies and, beginning in September 2012, an Open Society Fellow.

He is the author of several books and numerous articles. His work has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, The American Prospect, Salon, The Progressive, The Christian Science Monitor, the Boston Globe, and many other publications. He has been a Writing Fellow at Provisions Library in Washington, DC and a PanTech fellow in Korean Studies at Stanford University. He is a former associate editor of World Policy Journal. He has worked as an international affairs representative in Eastern Europe and East Asia for the American Friends Service Committee.

He has studied in England and Russia, lived in Poland and Japan, and traveled widely throughout Europe and Asia.

He is a recipient of the Herbert W. Scoville fellowship and has been a writer in residence at Blue Mountain Center and the Wurlitzer Foundation.

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20 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 11, 2012
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This is a concise and thought provoking book that provides you with crucial insights into anti-Islamic sentiments. In addition to the well annotated text, the book features an excellent timeline, bibliography, and index. This is essential reading!
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Preston C. Enright on May 28, 2012
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I can imagine the amount of flak John Feffer has received from the rabid Muslim-bashers of the American Empire. Right-wingers like Sean Hannity, Robert Spencer, and many others have been cultivating resentment towards Islam for years. On top of that, we have an "entertainment" industry that further advances Islamophobia. The documentary, "Reel Bad Arabs," gives several examples of how Arabs are caricatured by Hollywood Reel Bad Arabs How Hollywood Vilifies A People. (DVD).
The "Christian" right of this country has a very hard time hearing anything that challenges their prejudices, and an even harder time taking an honest look at the evil their own country commits around the world Killing Hope: U.S. Military and C.I.A. Interventions Since World War II--Updated Through 2003; so it's not surprising that Feffer has received some one-star reviews. No doubt, some of the most committed Muslim-bashers have careers in the military or the oil industry, and they don't want to consider their role in the harm that war profiteers and resource firms have caused the region Blood and Oil, the cognitive dissonance would be overwhelming. Even some liberal people have absorbed narratives that make us more comfortable with what the U.S. and the rest of the so-called "civilized" West does in the world; but, for those who are interested, Feffer's book provides an honest analysis of the racism, delusion, and militarism of the West.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By bruce mertes on July 11, 2012
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worth reading. what i seldom encounter is that the 'negative' aspects of Islam also exist in Biblical old testament law. the way to move fundamentalists away from the old is to encourage focus on the love-light-compassion aspects of all religions. We spend billions on destruction and next to nothing on refocusing. too bad for humanity.
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Leah on June 1, 2012
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Someone once taught me that I needed to see things from the other person's point of view first, before I started criticizing them or arguing with them. It was one of the most valuable lessons ever taught me... and I'm still working on it.

That is exactly what John Feffer is trying to teach all of us. He has tried to put himself inside the skins of Muslims, to see the world as they see it, and to tell us just how that is. We may agree or disagree with their views, but we would be foolish to not believe that those views are sincerely held by the Muslim people and justified by their experiences.

When you think about it, most Americans had never thought much about how Muslims see the world before the September 11 attacks. Horrendous though those attacks were, how many Americans worried at all about "why they hate us." Instead, I'd guess the majority of citizens thought "this cannot stand." John Feffer seems to believe that both responses would have been beneficial all around.

How would we feel if soldiers from their countries had military bases on our land? How would we feel if those soldiers tried to convince us, in their off hours, that Christianity was an inferior belief... as we know some of our soldiers did in their nations with regard to Islam? How would we feel if another country gave millions of dollars in "foreign aid," along with military support and assistance to rulers that oppressed us?

In the interests of fairness and disclosure, I have not read this book. I did see the author on Book TV giving an hour long presentation on his work and I marked the book to my "wish list" to remind myself that I intend to buy it next time I order books from amazon.com. Meanwhile, I'd encourage everyone to google "Book TV" and watch John Feffer's discussion there. I think you all would find it thought provoking... at least.
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