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For those who prefer their global threat analysis laugh-free, this treatise on the dangers of Islam-punctuated with lists like "The Crusades vs. the Jihad: Battle of the Holy Wars"-might be worth skipping. Ryan's cultural study attacks the notion that Islam is "a religion of peace and tolerance," making a bold case outlining Islam's direct threat to Western culture and democracy. Ryan characterizes the Muslim world as "ruled by hatred, casual murder, medieval-style torture, and a nearly pathological misogyny," and his study of it "heartbreaking, infuriating, tragic and almost comical in its extremism and contradictions"; as such, his tone of beleagured outrage works perfectly. Though Ryan's pointedly inflammatory rhetoric can grate, he covers plenty of ground, including the honor killing of Muslim women by their own fathers and brothers, state-sanctioned execution for those who convert from Islam and, of course, suicide bombing. Ryan can undermine his own arguments with simplistic answers to complicated questions (Did 9/11 happen "because we let our women wear shorts, go to school, drive a car, and go to work? I think it was a large part of it"), but his fearless look at the troubling aspects of Islam is informative and provocative.
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"Kevin Ryan manages to pull off the impossible: he tells the truth about Islam and Sharia while keeping a light, humorous touch. Gallows humor, sure, but it packs a punch: this book will go a long way toward waking up sleeping infidels to the magnitude of the problem we face."
Robert Spencer
Author of the New York Times best sellers
The Truth About Muhammad and The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades)

"It takes considerable courage to write anything remotely critical of Islam. It takes even greater courage to write anything satirical or humorous about a religion that has no sense of irony, as the Danish cartoon affair recently reminded us. Hence Kevin Ryan’s irreverent and hilarious look at Islam is doubly welcome, though the humor should not blind us to the underlying grim reality that Mr Ryan documents so well."
Ibn Warraq
Author of Why I Am Not a Muslim and many other books
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books (March 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591025079
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591025078
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,918,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Craig Matteson HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 21, 2007
Format: Hardcover
As you can tell from the title, this book is a satirical look at the idea that the roots of the War on Terror are rooted outside of Islam. Well, maybe disdainful or sarcastic is a better word than satirical. Kevin J. Ryan isn't buying into any of the politically correct claims that Islam is all about Peace or that the radical Islamofascists would leave us alone if we would just be nicer people. Look around the world at most of the strife and conflict and you will likely be amazed at how much of it is Muslims not working and playing well with the majority culture where they are the minority or are brutally suppressing minority cultures (and religious dissidents) where they are the majority.

The book's ten chapters take us through various aspects of Islam then and now. It begins by demonstrating how Islam has been rooted in War since Mohammed rode out of the desert in the 7th Century. Women's (non) rights are examined next and you will shudder with what you read. But of course the recent news story of the Saudi girl being sentenced to 200 lashes because she was gang raped should prepare you well.

The Muslim approach to crime and punishment is a logical next step and its brutality will seem like something out of the dark ages, well, because it is. The fourth chapter looks at the Wars of Islam on Europe throughout the history of the Ottoman Empire. Ryan then examines the Islamic notion or religious tolerance. It is completely one way. Their claim is that you must allow Muslims to practice their religion (and laws) as they wish, regardless of where they live. However, no Muslim has the right to freedom of conscience if it means they would convert to any other faith.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Belinda B. on September 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
"Radical Eye for the Infidel Guy" manages admirably to achieve the difficult task of being both a serious look at historical and current Islam and laugh-out-loud satire. While it handily explores the history of Islam over the centuries, covering topics such as TOLERANCE AND DIVERSITY, WOMEN'S RIGHTS, and WAR PART ONE, it also lightens the load with sections like FUN FACTS ABOUT MOHAMMED and HOLY LAW FOR DUMMIES: AN INTRODUCTION TO RADICAL JURISPRUDENCE.
The last chapter, THE RADICAL MAKEOVER, is brilliant--in a humorous way laying out for you how you and your family can convert to Islam, a sort of spiritual redecorating of your messy infidel house. It's ingenious, but more important, it's funny with a point. The book asks you not to read and ignore, but to read and examine--examine your own beliefs and opinions. It asks you to participate in the dialogue about Islam, at the very least in your own head. The book is thought-provoking and compelling. It is one of the funniest, most intelligent books I've read last year.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Arthur S. on June 26, 2007
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Don't let the title fool you, as well as being quite humorous, this book delves into the beliefs, customs, and history of radical Islam. The information is extremely well-researched and presented in a way that's easy to understand and very entertaining.

In our politically correct society, many topics are glossed over and myths created about the Islamic religion. However, this book sheds light on what Muslims really believe and how it affects everyone (and I do mean everyone). This is the book that Muslims DON'T want you to read!

Because of our changing world, I would highly recommend owning a copy of this book. It's also an excellent first book for anyone beginning to research Islam.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mark on June 28, 2007
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Kevin Ryan has written an essential book on the nature on Radical Islam. What is unique about it is that he has written it with humor, as humor sometimes can be the best way to approach a serious subject. Ryan delves into the history of Islam and brings out many fascinating details about the "religion of peace". Unfortunately, since 9/11 mainstream media and our politicians have been doing their best not to "insult" Islam, but this book makes it clear that the only way to truly win this war is to expose Islam for what it is so we can more effectively fight. Everyone should read this book...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Adams on November 9, 2007
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While much of what Ryan writes is funny because of the absurdity of the popular view of Islam vs reality, the sad part of this book is that the vast majority of people in the West would not be able to recognize the difference. If you want to find some different ways of looking at the reality of Islam vs. myths promoted by Islamist apologists and perhaps give this to someone who might not read a more serious treatise on the subject this is a good book to give.
Funny, but really troublesome in its truth. A great Christmas gift to give to your friends who prefer to get their news on the Daily Show. It is about the same thing, with the book being a bit closer to the truth than most of what Stewart does.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Guild TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 21, 2009
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This is a book that is both enlightning and forboding at the same time. If one has any interest in the economic,social,religious and terrorist forces that are taking place worldwide today;it is essential that one really understands the fundamentals of these entertwined forces.
It is extremely complicated ,and without understanding it, in its totallity;it is impossible to make any sense out of what is happening.This book does a marvelous job of sorting out this long convoluted series of events and puts it all into focus. What one can get from this rather short book is a clear understanding of the the reason why,that unrest ,particularly in the Middle East and now spreading around the world,seems to continue unabated and without any hope of resolution.
What I really got from this book is ,even thought I read a lot of history;is thatI was not really that informed.The education system in the western world has been woefully inadequate,the media has been almost afraid to even reach deeper than the surface in addressing the root causes of the problems.
The Terrorism around the world,highlightened by 9/11 ,seems to be something that the Western World just wants to ignore;hoping that by some magic ,it will eventually,just go away.
Somehow ,the political correct concensus seems to suggest that it is the fault of America, and her beliefs in Liberty ,Freedom and Human Rights are the real cause of the hatred that fuels what is taking place.
When Evil is afoot,as it has been many times in history,it is only by exposing it for what it is,that it can be dealt with.
Most recently this was seen in Europe and Asia in the years leading up to the horrors of WWII and the huge price that was paid for wishful thinking.
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