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#1 Accusations of blasphemy, heresy, apostasy, of being the wrong kind of Muslim and/or of being an uppity woman are all tools of JIHAD & have been for many centuries.
Posted by Anguper Hupomosing9418 2012-03-10 07:40||
#2 May I suggest:
The Great Game
Peter Hopkirk, 1992
Posted by swksvolFF 2012-03-10 09:45||
#3 Amazon has swksvolFF's book suggestion here. swksvolFF, why do you recommend it?
Posted by trailing wife 2012-03-10 13:01||
#4 Islamic rage is of extremely short range, only affecting the nearest Christians, Jews, and Americans. Further out, it is totally impotent.
It gets its power in the West from the Alinsky Amplification Effect: it is the "crisis" not allowed to be wasted by politicians and activists. They rush in as the "Peacemakers" who demand concessions as a precondition of them going to mollify The Offended and The Enraged.
At all other times, these intermediates treat these people like children, so would regard any rage against any policy of theirs as being a temper tantrum that deserves being ignored. No world-destroying crisis ensues from doing so.
Perhaps us ignoring the tantrums would equally result in no similar crises arising.
Posted by Ptah 2012-03-10 14:23||
#5 The topic is Russian expansionism and British response in the mid 19th century stretching theatres from Egypt to India, into the Caucasus and Khanates (including Afghanistan). Many locations are in the news today, such as Kabul and Khandahar.
It has the accounts of both Russians and British men of action and keen eye as they scout and survey, and report as some of the first westerners to enter these areas as the two empires attempt to outmaneuver each other. Their observations and opinions are (not going to spoil) interesting.
In my opinion, it is a history book which reads like a spy novel, and the author does a fantastic job keeping reigns on so many characters and events, with gentle reminders and forshadowing without spoiling.
Posted by swksvolFF 2012-03-10 17:55||
#6 Mr. Hopkirk has ten books offered by amazon.com, swksvolFF. Unfortunately, The Great Game is not one of those offered on Kindle, which means I can't download a free sample? Do you have thoughts on any of his others, or should I just go mad and download samples of all available?
Posted by trailing wife 2012-03-10 18:07||
#7 I wish I had an answer, The Great Game is my first experience with Mr. Hopkirk; this particular book has been passed across my family and is usually read within a couple days, it just does not sit down easily.
I looked at the list, and unfamiliar with kindle is this link an offer for kindle Great Game? Also, I am told Trespassers on the Roof of the World is a good one.
Posted by swksvolFF 2012-03-10 18:44||