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A master not only of fiction but also of fiercely controversial political engagement, Martin Amis here gathers fourteen pieces that constitute an evolving, provocative, and insightful examination of the most momentous event of our time.At the heart of this collection is the long essay “Terror and Boredom,” an unsparing analysis of Islamic fundamentalism and the West's flummoxed response to it, while other pieces address the invasion of Iraq, the realities of Iran, and Tony Blair's lingering departure from Downing Street (and also his trips to Washington and Iraq). Whether lambasted for his refusal to kowtow to Muslim pieties or hailed for his common sense, wide reading, and astute perspective, Amis is indisputably a great pleasure to read—informed, elegant, surprising—and this collection a resounding contemplation of the relentless, manifold dangers we suddenly find ourselves living with.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Published: Random House Publishing Group on Jan 1, 1998
ISBN: 9780307269287
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This chronological collection of articles by Amis provides an insightful, incisive and informed overview of Islam, Islamism and the reaction of the West. Some will see it as overly reactionary, perhaps, owing to the author's growing belief that Islamism is an irrational death cult, akin to Nazism - but the arguments are well marshaled and the overview is persuasive. An occasional turn of phrase provides a visceral shock, and none are wasted. The emotional, political and psychological effects of the terrorist attacks of September are well accounted for here.read more
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This volume is a collection of essays and short stories written in response to the 2001 terrorist attacks. Amis, a novelist and outspoken critic of radical Islam, addresses cobtroversial aspects of religion and war. The collection does include "Bush in Yes-Man's Land," "The Wrong War," as well as two stores, including "The Last Days of Muhammad Atta." The essays are presented to us in the same order they were originally first published and do include some violence.read more
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This chronological collection of articles by Amis provides an insightful, incisive and informed overview of Islam, Islamism and the reaction of the West. Some will see it as overly reactionary, perhaps, owing to the author's growing belief that Islamism is an irrational death cult, akin to Nazism - but the arguments are well marshaled and the overview is persuasive. An occasional turn of phrase provides a visceral shock, and none are wasted. The emotional, political and psychological effects of the terrorist attacks of September are well accounted for here.
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This volume is a collection of essays and short stories written in response to the 2001 terrorist attacks. Amis, a novelist and outspoken critic of radical Islam, addresses cobtroversial aspects of religion and war. The collection does include "Bush in Yes-Man's Land," "The Wrong War," as well as two stores, including "The Last Days of Muhammad Atta." The essays are presented to us in the same order they were originally first published and do include some violence.
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