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The Rage and the Pride Hardcover – October 25, 2002

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Noted Italian journalist Fallaci (Interview with History; etc.) is capable of hard-hitting, trenchant social criticism, but she fails to accomplish that in this impassioned but sloppy post-September 11 critique, which has been a bestseller in Italy and elsewhere in Europe. Fallaci only aggravates her lack of rigorous thinking by translating the work herself, resulting in a clumsy text that appears not to have been edited or proofread by a fluent English speaker. (Whatever resonance "cicada"-her choice term for the "so-called intellectuals" whom she addresses-has in Italian fails to translate into English.) After a melodramatic preface in which Fallaci congratulates herself on her courage in speaking the truth (and in her defense, apparently there have been efforts to ban the book in France), she lights into the European, and especially Italian, "cicadas" who felt that, on September 11, 2001, America got what she had coming to her and who, in the name of political correctness, fail to condemn the "Reverse Crusade" being waged by Islamic zealots like Osama bin Laden. But Fallaci's love for America, her adopted home, and her critique of European intellectuals' perverse contempt for it, is laced with a bile that may lead readers to suspect her of anti-Arab bias-a possibility she is all to aware of, repeatedly defending herself against the charge of racism. Fallaci's "Italy for Italians" diatribe, her ugly portrait of Muslim immigrants as invading and violating her native Florence ("Terrorists, thieves, rapists. Ex-convicts, prostitutes, beggars. Drug-dealers, contagiously ill"), her denial that there is a moderate Islam, will not sit well with American readers, who may wonder why this small book has, in the publisher's words, "caused a turmoil never registered in decades" in Italy, France and Spain.
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About the Author

Oriana Fallaci is Florentine and lives mostly in New York. In awarding her an honorary degree in Literature, the Dean of Chicago's Columbia College defined her "one of the most-read and best-loved writers in the world." As a war-correspondent she has covered the great majority of our time's conflicts: from Vietnam to the Middle East; from the 1956 Hungarian insurrection to the 1970s Latin America upheavals; from the 1968 massacre of Mexico City, where she was seriously wounded, to the Gulf War.

Her books, which include world-known novels, are translated in twenty-one languages and thirty countries. For this American edition she has personally translated The Rage and the Pride in English and added several pages concerning the United States.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli (October 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847825043
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847825042
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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240 of 250 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Harper on October 29, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Fallaci, one of the greatest living journalists, broke a decades-long silence to write this blistering critique of European reaction to Sept. 11, of European political correctness, and of Islamofascism. The bulk of the book was typed in a white heat just weeks after the Sept. 11 massacre. It has earned her almost daily death threats.
Yet it has only been published in America now, more than a year later. In fact, most of this book is not written for Americans, though it says passionately and magnificently many of the things many Americans feel.
Her picture is one you will recognize if you've read some of the Western thinkers who spoke up after Sept. 11 -- Salman Rushdie, Christopher Hitchens, V.S. Naipaul, to name three. They decried the Islamofascist attack on the core liberal values of Western civilization: freedom, equality, toleration. They reminded fellow critics of Western culture that the bulk of it was worth fighting for.
Her targets are the breed of European intellectuals she contemptuously calls "cicadas." She assails the crypto-Marxists who were so fond of the line about religion being the opiate of the masses only when it applied to the benign modern Christian churches of their own lands. She confronts the strident feminists who couldn't spare a word on behalf of brutalized, enslaved, mutilated Muslim women.
Fallaci, even more than the others, writes from the gut, with a furious energy that the book's title barely contains. Her prose takes you right back to the writing that was done in the immediate wake of the slaughter, when the stench still hung over New York City and recovery crews picked through "a brown mud that seems like ground coffee but in reality is organic matter: the remains of the bodies in a flash disintegrated, incinerated.
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76 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Mark S. Goldberg on November 30, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This tome bespeaks a very real and succint set of problems. Whilst Ms. Fallacci gets scolded by the publishers weekly reviewer, for her personal translation from the Italian to English- one that does make it more difficult to navigate and digest; it is with good reason on her part that she makes it somewhat more indigestible for her readers. And she clearly states why:
..." I have heard that in Italy too, some politicians, as well as various intellectuals, or so-called intellectuals, happily say<<Good, the Americans got it good>> ( 9/11)"
"I am very very angry. Angry with a rage which is cold, lucid, rational" A rage which eliminates any detachment, any indulgence, which orders me to answer them and to spit in their face."
And she displays her fiery, angry, feminine warrior witted revulsion and disgust at the slaughter(s) propagated by the islamic world, a disguised fascism and totalitarianism, which she personally battled as a youngster against the European versions.
The cowards and 'cicadas' of the Left and governments across Europe turn a blind eye to the destruction of their own civilization; one which brought forth rich science, philosophy, art, music, dance, sculpture,civil empowerment, civil improvements, the growth and reform of Christiandom and the possibilities for humankind that are entirely absent within Islam and the theocratic moslem totalitarianism that supports the barbarity ( one should note that this week, in Nigeria- amongst a host of areas of lesser barbarities by moslems, there was a slaughter initiated and sponsored by islam of over two hundred humans- garroted with the slogan "God is Great" over a perceived slight by a non moslem magazine wrtier who stated that a Ms World contestant might well have been a choice for a wife for mohammed.
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72 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Peter Uys HALL OF FAME on February 15, 2004
Format: Hardcover
The roots of this fiery polemic by Oriana Fallaci are in an article she was requested to write for an Italian newspaper. Written in white heat after the events of 9/11, the article grew longer and longer; she had to trim it, and afterwards expanded the piece again in order to say everything she wanted to get off her chest. In her own words, she was trying to open the eyes of those who do not want to see, unplug the ears of those who do not want to hear and ignite the thoughts of those who refuse to think.

In her introductory dedication, Fallaci explains that the English text is her own translation and there may be oddities in the style and vocabulary, but that she wanted it to be like that because she wishes to retain complete responsibility or every word and comma that she has to say in this book. I found her language quite charming, an Italianate version of English brimming with rage and fury.

In the Preface, she talks about inter alia New York as a place of refuge for Italian expatriates, her family background, the process of writing the newspaper article that eventually evolved into this book and much more besides.

The main text starts out with her feelings right after she saw the attack on the Twin Towers on TV and what followed. She also discusses the various reactions from around the globe, the heroism of the fire-fighters and America's unity in the face of adversity.

Fallaci really lays into the politically correct, the supporters of multiculturalism and the apologists for terrorism. While not blind to the faults of the West, she vigorously defends western culture, even Christianity, although she claims to be an atheist.
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