The Spiders of Allah: Travels of an Unbeliever on the Frontline of Holy War

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St. Martin's Press, 23/06/2009 - 336 páginas
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In his fascinating, terrifying and often very funny book, James Hider takes his doubts about religious beliefs straight into the dark heart of the world's holy wars—from Israel to Gaza to Iraq—the birthplace that spawned so many faiths—and then back to Jerusalem. From hardcore Zionist settlers still fighting ancient Biblical battles in the hills of the West Bank to Shiite death squads roaming the lawless streets of Iraq in the aftermath of Saddam; whether it's the misappropriation and martyrdom of Mickey Mouse by Gaza's Islamists, or a US president acting on God's orders, Hider sees the hallucinatory effect of what he calls the 'crack cocaine of fanatical fundamentalism' all around him. As he meets terrorists, suicide bombers, soldiers, ayatollahs, clerics, and ordinary and extraordinary people alike, the question that sparked his journey continues to plague his thoughts: how can people not only believe in this madness, but die and kill for it too? This extraordinary and timely book takes the God Delusion debate onto the streets of the Middle East. It casts an unflinching yet compassionate eye on the very worst and most violent crimes committed in the name of religion, and then sharply asks the questions the world needs to answer if we are ever to stand a chance of facing our own worst demons.

 

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Some reviewers have noted this is not gonzo journalism, but that it has a touch of realism embedded within the writing that makes it a bit different. I did enjoy the book, once I got past the first ... Ler crítica na íntegra

THE SPIDERS OF ALLAH: Travels of an Unbeliever on the Frontline of Holy War

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A British journalist's firsthand account of fanaticism and bloodshed in the Middle East.In his first book, Hider, the Middle East bureau chief for the Times (London), loosely examines the ways in ... Ler crítica na íntegra

Índice

Introduction AlQaeda Goes to Hollywood
1
Jaffa Road The Transmitter of Hopes and Fears
5
The Mickey Mouse Death Club The Dirt Lot of the Philistines
22
Fallen Idols Risen Angels Into Iraq
37
Cut Adrift Freedoms City
51
Bring em On The Birth of an Insurgency
74
Translator Wars Learning to Pity the US Proconsul
89
In Babylons Halls Tourism under Fire
119
City of Broken Mosques How the Spiders of Allah Defeated the US Marine Corps
165
Two in the Heart One in the Mind Battlefields of the Soul
191
Death in the Venice of the East Three Summers in Basra
207
Inside the Spiders Web The Fall of Fallujah
232
Pandoras Sandbox Bombs Beheadings and Bullshit
260
Creatures of the Id Why We Fight
289
Epilogue Canaanite Karma
309
Index
315

Ancient Feuds A Festival of Blood in Karbala
148

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James Hider is The Times Middle Eastern Bureau Chief, currently based in Jerusalem. The Spiders of Allah is his first book.

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