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Unveiled Threat: A Personal Experience of Fundamentalist Islam and the Roots of Terrorism (Inside Observer Volume 1) Paperback – November 6, 2014

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Praise for Unveiled Threat

"Tavakoli turns her fire from crony capitalists to Muslim fundamentalists."
Think Advisor (Research Magazine)

"This is a book that everyone who loves and wishes to support women should read.'"
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"Janet Tavakoli knows her stuff, has strong opinions, and turns a colorful quote."
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From the Author

I loved the challenge of writing this book. One editor remarked: "The result is a short riveting book with a clear high-impact message at an important time for the Middle East, the West, and in particular, the United States."

This book has already evoked strong emotions and attracted detractors who admittedly made up their minds without reading the book. I hope that will not dissuade you from reading it and making up your own mind.
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Product Details

  • Series: Inside Observer Volume 1
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons McNamara LLC (November 6, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985159057
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985159054
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,535,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In refreshingly direct language, Janet Tavakoli discusses the incompatibility of fundamentalist Islam with so much of what we take for granted: women’s rights, gay rights, freedom-of-speech, and freedom-of-religious-conscience. While Tavakoli argues these points logically from first principles, this is also a very personal book about her experiences with Islamic fanaticism. Tavakoli not only directly experienced the Iranian Revolution of 1979, while living there with her then Iranian husband, but she later felt the blast effects of the Twin Towers bombing of 1993, while working in a nearby high-rise building in New York City.

Tavakoli’s book is a quick read, and she does not mince words. In today’s politically correct environment, it is refreshing to actually read of terrorist acts being referred to as … terrorist acts. It is also refreshing to be reminded of the West’s early civilizational advances as when, in 417 A.D., St. Augustine defended the virtue of women who had been raped.

Essentially, Tavakoli’s book forces the issue that there really is a clash of civilizations and encourages us to recall that “[o]ur ancestors often went through great hardship to come here, because they were the kind of people who would not submit.” Taking this tradition to heart, Tavakoli does not accept as normal the cruelty of Seventh Century practices, some of which she
describes as currently occurring in Islamic-run countries.

Arguably, one can look even further back than our own Western traditions in understanding the goal of Tavakoli’s brief book: "The beginning of wisdom is calling things by their right name.
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I can't say enough about how highly informative this book was for me. In a little over 100 pages, I was able to grasp the roots of fundamentalist Islam. The author, Janet Tavakoli shares her personal story of living in Iran in a most dangerous time. How she escaped with a suitcase and $1000 and is grateful for it. Her book starts in the mid-70's in Iran. While I try to follow what's going on with the rise in Islamic extremism, I often feel overwhelmed. There are so many groups intent on "death to America," as well as killings between themselves. Well, there are 41 Islamic terrorist organizations in 24 countries! This book focuses on the beginnings of fundamentalism. From the Shah to Khomeini. From Sunni to Shia. Tavakoli explains just what took place. Why we are where we are now.

For me, one of the most important questions was how Iran reverted so quickly from an emerging modern society to that of the dark ages. The answer is Iran didn't put up a fight. It was inconceivable to imagine the horrors that were to follow. This sounds all too familiar to me. I sit back thinking, this could never happen to me, or to my country. I believe Tavakoli's quote "I am convinced that the worst thing that can happen to any country is to allow Islamic fundamentalists to have a say in government," is crucial. Both president Bush and Obama say Islam is peace, there is no Islamic State. Yet, the evidence is all around us. I certainly don't know what the answers are, but I do think it is time to open our eyes.

Honestly, this book is an important read. One that has given me a real foundation in my understanding of Islam. I highly recommend it!
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A unique viewpoint into the struggle between the West and Islamists from the perspective of a woman who experienced first hand the Iranian revolution. The author pulls no punches and no one is spared the spotlight of reality. I really enjoyed this book and it puts current events into perspective.
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This book was written by an American Woman who was married and lived in the Middle East. The facts she presents in this book are important to women, especially since the conflict in the Middle East seem to be getting worse on a daily basis. She draws straight lines between events to give clarity and understanding of how a treaty with Iran will affect women. Sometimes news of the conflict and efforts to obtain a treaty with Iran are presented like there will be little change in our lives if there's a treaty. Women are always affected when there's a conflict or a treaty.

Knowledge is power and I believe that everyone, especially women, will benefit from the knowledge gained from this book.

I highly recommend this book.
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The book is as brilliant as Janet is beautiful. It chronicles her life in Iran and the threat of Islam to everyone's freedoms - especially that of women. It reveals they hypocrisy of the middle east towards womens' rights and the lies and denials of governments that aid them.

It is a great history of oppression starting shortly before the Shah of Iran to the modern day. Oppression comes in many forms. Which devil do you wish to serve seems to be the overiding theme.
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Disclaimer: The author sent me a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

I think I owe Janet M. Tavakoli an apology because when this book arrived and I took it out of the envelope, I had second thoughts. It’s the cover combined with the size; you can just see an idiot politician waving the book while he or she stands on some stage.
So, I am sorry.
And you know that adage about not judging a book by its cover – its true here. And not just because most idiot politicians (on either side of the aisle) would avoid Janet M. Tavakoli.
Tavakoli’s book is somewhat of a memoir in parts, but mostly a warning, an analysis, a cautionary flare of fundamentalist Islam. And let’s be clear, for Tavakoli is, it is Fundamentalist Islam she is speaking about. Her solution is one America’s earliest documents, so the book is geared towards Americans.
The book starts with fall of the Shah of Iran. It is to Tavakoli’s credit that she doesn’t white wash either the Shah or the interference of America and Britain in Iran’s politics. Tavakoli was in Iran at this time because she was married to Iranian, and she saw (and experienced) the changes that occurred when Khomeini came to power, in particular what those changes meant for women and freedom of speech. The television programming changed (thought Little House on the Prairie was fine) as well as acceptable clothing for playing tennis. Eventually, people are arrested and subjected to show trials. This people include some that Tavakoli herself knew. While Tavakoli does go into some more detail about some trials later in the book, glossing over them in this section seemed a little strange, and a reader can’t help thinking that at least one example wouldn’t be amiss here.
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