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5.0 out of 5 stars Wanted Women, February 4, 2012
This review is from: Wanted Women: Faith, Lies, and the War on Terror: The Lives of Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Aafia Siddiqui (Hardcover)
In the genre of 'Parallel Lives', Deborah Scroggins' Wanted Women stands as a remarkable double-biography of Aafia Siddiqui and Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Reading the scurrilous reviews of Scroggins' book on Amazon, however -- reviews that are obviously the work of hired hands -- I was struck by the laughably one-dimensional character of the commentators' criticism. Hostile reviewers of Scroggins' book claim that the author equates Siddiqui and Hirsi Ali as moral forces. But Scroggins never makes such an assertion, clearly stating that the subjects of her study are opposites -- not twins -- on the global stage. Scroggins' method is comparison, not equation. Above all, the hostile reviews included in these pages are indicative of an increasingly desperate attempt to salvage the reputation of a remarkable -- if fallen -- political star, one whose influence was immense, but whose power has now dramatically waned. Wanted Women is biographical dynamite -- but not because it drafts comparisons of an unfair and incendiary nature. The book is investigative journalism at its most clear-eyed and precise. It is also biography at its most thrilling. (NYC)
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