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The Rage and the Pride Hardcover – October 25, 2002
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From Publishers Weekly
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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Top customer reviews
I found “The Rage and The Pride” to be quite the page-turner, having gone from start to finish of its 187 pages in 2 days time. Fallaci says she translated the book from Italian to English herself and, the book's opening, apologized for her use of the English language – an apology that was in no wise needed.
Fallaci’s enthusiasm and candor virtually leap from the book’s pages. That said, if you’re looking for something that in any way smacks of the ‘political correctness’ as presently defined by the political left, this book would likely be rather off-putting. Conversely, if you want to read a book written by a woman who fought fascism in Italy as a kid, was shot/left for dead by police in Mexico City as an adult, went to Viet Nam to personally report on the war and was ultimately the recipient of an imam’s ‘fatwa’ – a fatwa designed to permanently silence Fallaci’s criticism of Islam, then this book will be a most valuable addition to your library!
She wrote this book after the 9/11 destruction of the NYC Twin Towers by the Islamic terrorists. It made a big impact in Europe as some people went and reexamined the impact of them from the Muslim immigrants. She well understands the issue and the threat. She says on page 32: "...because the clash between us and them is not a military clash. Oh, no. It is a cultural one, a religious one. And our military victories do not solve the offensive of Islamic terrorism."
She understands the issue and conveys it in this book. It is a rambling book that at times seems like a stream of consciousness, but for me it is still effective and relevant after all of these years since it was written.
After 1400 years of immerserating their people, Muslim societies are being scrutinized and found lacking. Their declining prosperity, lack of creative innovations, and death cult political religion deserves ridicule and scorn. Orianna Fallaci delivers ridicule and scorn, all right.
Islam is murder driven by vanity (p.63)
The TRUTH is not some middle ground. Islam does not have *some* truth while the west has *some* truth also: Islam is false and immoral.