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  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli; Intl edition (Dec 13 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 084782599X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847825998
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 13.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 299 g
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By FrizzText on July 21 2005
Oriana Fallaci treats Islamic Fundamentalism as equivalent to Mussolini's Facism or Hitler's Nazi-Ideology. She thinks, that Osama bin Laden started a sort of Islamofascism, a "Reverse Crusade". We all know the Bamiyan Buddhas (the ones the Taliban dynamited) and the September 11's apocalypse, we know the attacks in Madrid, Istanbul and now in London. Journalist Fallaci wrote in her book: "So listen to me, you followers of a God who preaches an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. I was born in the war. I grew up in the war. About war I know a lot and believe me: I have more balls than your kamikazes who find the courage to die only when dying means killing thousands of people. Babies included. War you wanted, war you want? Good." Maybe this old lady (75) too vigorously defends Western culture. On the other hand maybe it is correct, when she blames Europe's blindness, deafness, masochism, conformism considering the growing numbers of culturally non-integrated Muslim minorities. The global violent actions of the Jihad and a lack of civil debate-response remains a constant reality, isn't it? Various imams of Europe (many of whom have been implicated or jailed for terrorist activities) celebrated 9-11 and pushed in their mosques the tenets of a religious death following the words of the Koran and the wishes of "Allah". We immediately should start a discussion with this "religious" scene. We shoud require a statement of the imams with regard to the suicide-bombers. Muslims in Madrid, Istanbul, London and elsewhere in Europe should say a clear and public NO or YES. And maybe, before we start a discussion with those "religious" people, we at first should read Oriana Fallaci's book ...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Sept. 17 2006
This passionate polemic by Oriana Fallaci grew out of an article she wrote for an Italian newspaper after the events of 9/11. She afterwards expanded the piece in order to say everything she wanted to get off her chest. In her own words, she was trying to open the eyes of those who do not want to see, unplug the ears of those who do not want to hear and ignite the thoughts of those who refuse to think.

In her introductory dedication, Fallaci explains that the English text is her own translation and there may be oddities in the style and vocabulary, but that she wanted it to be like that because she wishes to retain complete responsibility for every word, period and comma in this book. I found her language quite charming, an Italianate version of English brimming with rage and anger.

In the Preface, she talks about inter alia New York as a place of refuge for Italian expatriates, her family background, the struggle against fascism, the process of writing the newspaper article that eventually evolved into this book, and much more besides.

The main text starts out with her feelings right after she saw the attack on the Twin Towers on TV and what followed. She also discusses the various reactions from around the globe, the heroism of the fire-fighters and America's unity in the face of adversity.

Fallaci really lays into the politically correct, the followers of multiculturalism and the apologists for terrorism. While not blind to the faults of the West, she vigorously defends Western culture, even Christianity, although she claims to be an atheist.
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Passionate polemic June 30 2005
By Pieter Uys - Published on Amazon.com
This passionate polemic by Oriana Fallaci grew out of an article she wrote for an Italian newspaper after the events of 9/11. She afterwards expanded the piece in order to say everything she wanted to get off her chest. In her own words, she was trying to open the eyes of those who do not want to see, unplug the ears of those who do not want to hear and ignite the thoughts of those who refuse to think.

In her introductory dedication, Fallaci explains that the English text is her own translation and there may be oddities in the style and vocabulary, but that she wanted it to be like that because she wishes to retain complete responsibility for every word, period and comma in this book. I found her language quite charming, an Italianate version of English brimming with rage and anger.

In the Preface, she talks about inter alia New York as a place of refuge for Italian expatriates, her family background, the struggle against fascism, the process of writing the newspaper article that eventually evolved into this book, and much more besides.

The main text starts out with her feelings right after she saw the attack on the Twin Towers on TV and what followed. She also discusses the various reactions from around the globe, the heroism of the fire-fighters and America's unity in the face of adversity.

Fallaci really lays into the politically correct, the followers of multiculturalism and the apologists for terrorism. While not blind to the faults of the West, she vigorously defends Western culture, even Christianity, although she claims to be an atheist.

Talking extensively about her travels in the Middle East, Fallaci relates a humorous incident about the time she interviewed the Ayatollah Khomeini in Iran, and a sad encounter with Ali Bhutto, a former Pakistani prime minister. Her outrage at the destruction of the Bamiyan Buddha statues in Afghanistan is palpable. She also gives a moving account of her meeting with the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala in 1968.

Fallaci doesn't mince words as she talks about the growing numbers of culturally non-integrated minorities in her native Italy and the problems arising from that situation. It would appear that she despairs for the future of Europe, lashing out at certain European leaders and the political elites. She calls the EU the suicide of Europe.

I think The Rage And The Pride must be the most politically incorrect book that I have ever read. It is brutally honest, emotional and perhaps a bit over the top in one or two places where it might make some readers' hair stand on end. But it is a rivetting read, one very special woman's testament to the dangers facing the West, and an eloquent defence of our culture.

Those who appreciate this book may also appreciate Eurabia by Bat Ye'or, Unholy Alliance by David Horowitz, The New Anti-Semitism by Phyllis Chesler, Castle Of Lies by Christopher Booker, Terror by Fiamma Nirenstein and Fallaci's latest, The Force Of Reason.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
about crusaders and reverse-crusaders ... July 21 2005
By FrizzText - Published on Amazon.com
Oriana Fallaci treats Islamic Fundamentalism as equivalent to Mussolini's Facism or Hitler's Nazi-Ideology. She thinks, that Osama bin Laden started a sort of Islamofascism, a "Reverse Crusade". We all know the Bamiyan Buddhas (the ones the Taliban dynamited) and the September 11's apocalypse, we know the attacks in Madrid, Istanbul and now in London. Journalist Fallaci wrote in her book: "So listen to me, you followers of a God who preaches an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. I was born in the war. I grew up in the war. About war I know a lot and believe me: I have more balls than your kamikazes who find the courage to die only when dying means killing thousands of people. Babies included. War you wanted, war you want? Good." Maybe this old lady (75) too vigorously defends Western culture. On the other hand maybe it is correct, when she blames Europe's blindness, deafness, masochism, conformism considering the growing numbers of culturally non-integrated Muslim minorities. The global violent actions of the Jihad and a lack of civil debate-response remains a constant reality, isn't it? Various imams of Europe (many of whom have been implicated or jailed for terrorist activities) celebrated 9-11 and pushed in their mosques the tenets of a religious death following the words of the Koran and the wishes of "Allah". We immediately should start a discussion with this "religious" scene. We shoud require a statement of the imams with regard to the suicide-bombers. Muslims in Madrid, Istanbul, London and elsewhere in Europe should say a clear and public NO or YES. And maybe, before we start a discussion with those "religious" people, we at first should read Oriana Fallaci's book ...
An important but ironic rant March 27 2008
By Alma Lavandeery - Published on Amazon.com
While I agree with some of the reviewers who described Fallaci's work as a rant, this book contains some valid points; however, the gross generalizations Fallaci relies on do not help her cause much, and risk, due to their offensive nature, alienating some readers into dismissing her argument altogether, her valid points notwithstanding.

I disagree with Fallaci on describing so many peoples and nations as, more or less, "scum" without any culture. I am turned off by her using single repulsive incidents as sufficient evidence to draw conclusions about entire races and peoples. I disagree with her in putting everyone in the same basket, including countless poor immigrants who escaped from appalling conditions and are enduring terrible ordeals to seek better lives. The many boat people trying to escape to Europe via Spain and drowning in the process are but one example. Fallaci seems to forget that behind most immigrants there are stories of dire misery, instead she assumes they are all part of some army-in-disguise aiming at annihilating western civilization.

In her book, every immigrant is either a terrorist, an aspiring terrorist, or a criminal. Fallaci generalizes too much, and demonizes just about everyone coming from a Muslim country. While Fallaci is right about the dangers of the militant version of a religion that does not wish to live and let live, but has, as part of its mission statement, the aim of conquering and preferably converting everyone on earth, nevertheless, this does not mean that everyone who comes out of a Muslim country is but a soldier-in-disguise. The truth is more about there being a specific group of fanatics who seek to transform as many immigrants (or children of immigrants) as possible to their own causes, and USE THEM for their own agenda.

Fallaci could have done better identifying the policies (of the Italian government, as well as western governments in general) that were ultimately responsible for this dangerous situation, such as the legal loopholes whereby fascist and like-minded groups could quote their democratic rights to push forth their agenda, and whereby one of the first items on that agenda is the abolition of that very democracy. Identifying specific practises would have been more productive than just spitting fire on everybody, which is the only thing Fallaci did.

The book takes the form of an offensive rant that vilifies entire peoples many of whom have committed no fault but having had the unfortunate destiny of being born under the banner of a religion which is not ready to undergoe any kind of revision of the types that other religions have undergone, and that persecutes anyone who calls for its reform, and punishes anyone who wishes to leave it by execution. Some writer ( I don't remember the name) once said, "Muslims are themselves the first hostages of their religion". Many people from Muslim countries emigrate to the West simply to seek better lives and better education for their children. Assuming that all of them are militia to the "inverse crusade" as she described it, is a gross injustice. However, calling for tougher measures to identify the foul elements among them, those who carry out a systematic plan of recruitment to violent causes inside their host countries and drafting tough laws to send those elements packing, would have been a more helpful way of going about it.

An interesting fact is that, throughout her text, Fallaci repeatedly describes the composition of italians using the word "humus" (otherwise spellt as "hummus", or "hummous" ), saying things like "we are a humus of...", not realizing (?) that the word "humus" describes an ARAB dish (and the word itself is neither Italian, nor English, but Arabic!), the very people (along with other non-arab-muslims) that she dedicated most of her pages to denigrating! It is, of course, a superb irony, revealing the fact that cultures have always intermingled and it is impossible to separate what comes from where or whom, that even a staunch opposer of "immigrant invasion" as Fallaci, goes on to use words from "their" language to describe her very different heritage, apparently without being conscious of it!

While Fallaci has plenty of words of admiration for the US, she doesn't seem to realize another irony: what made the US a world superpower is precisely its immigrants, the incalculabe richness of all those races coming together and bringing their individual strengths to enhance the whole. Fallaci, in her anger against the abusive practises of violent elements among immigrants cannot discriminate between what needs to be isolated and dealt with, and, what has always been a feature of humanity: that of moving to better, more promising pastures. Islamic militants do not represent entire races and peoples, assuming that is playing into their hands and buying into their propaganda.

Had she been also interested in real solutions, rather than just a format for ditching her anger, she'd have suggested some new laws that call for integration of immigrants in Europe, similar to those in the US, policies with specific deadlines, whereby immigrants are given the chance to learn the language and prime themselves for integration, otherwise, they'd not get the right to citizenship/permits and would have to leave. Under such conditions, immigrants would have to make the effort to integrate if they want to stay. When no such measures exist, and society is indifferent as to what is going on, naturally, they could wake up one day with a big problem at hand.

While Fallaci is right about the current serious problem in the West (as well as the rest of the world, for that matter) as a result of the rise of militant Islam, with Khomeini at its source as she correctly remarks, her identification of who's part of it is not very accurate, and, as far as any helpful suggestions are concerned, she offered none except an implied "throw-them-all-out" message.

While I do not wish at all to belittle the danger, and do agree that some of the "anti-racism" campaigners have, in their defense of some of the practises of immigrants, contributed to emboldening the extreme elements among them into believing they can turn the countries they sought refuge in into copies of the countries they ran away from, nevertheless, responding by claiming that all immigrants are "the enemy" and coining the problem as allowing immigration in the first place, is an approach that, while serving as a perfect format for venting, does not offer real solutions.

Let's hope someone would heed the danger she pointed to BUT would have a REASONABLE, PRACTICAL AND FIRM PLAN for ways to avert the danger, without throwing out the baby with the bathwater.
We'll Never Forget! July 18 2007
By Aegis - Published on Amazon.com
Sometimes, and how I wish it were more often done, it is necessary to scream at craziness. When people die because others court and appease fascists, is it wrong to wail at the insanity?
Ms. Fallaci<and I give her this respect> even with her roughness and vulgarities, is a women with class, and not the pseudo-culturalist sort, those whom, through her knowledge of history and politics, she so neatly puts "in their places". Capitally she lifts the pretentious fog of the self-righteous yet guilt-ridden West because she got it right. She got right that everybody deserves freedom with justice as its guard, that there is a contrast between the elaborate art, Greek thought and high literature of the West compared to the dross of Islamic nonculture. That women's rights are zero in Islamism, and that feminists of the West could care less. There isn't much that is sane about passive political correctness, this strange idea of tolerance for a religion that invites subjugation and a terrorizing conformity. Islamic-fascists want our territory, and our souls and Oriana wants us to refuse to give away either or to be duped by abetters. If you think this is reactionary, maybe you also think the war in Iraq is an illusion. I'll have my little "drink" and I'll be more sober than the calculated coolness of Islamic demolitionists. Our stickers promised that "9-11, we'll never forget". Some of us have forgotten.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
we should start a dialogue with the imams ... July 21 2005
By FrizzText - Published on Amazon.com
Oriana Fallaci treats Islamic Fundamentalism as equivalent to Mussolini's Facism or Hitler's Nazi-Ideology. She thinks, that Osama bin Laden started a sort of Islamofascism, a "Reverse Crusade". We all know the Bamiyan Buddhas (the ones the Taliban dynamited) and the September 11's apocalypse, we know the attacks in Madrid, Istanbul and now in London. Journalist Fallaci wrote in her book: "So listen to me, you followers of a God who preaches an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. I was born in the war. I grew up in the war. About war I know a lot and believe me: I have more balls than your kamikazes who find the courage to die only when dying means killing thousands of people. Babies included. War you wanted, war you want? Good." Maybe this old lady (75) too vigorously defends Western culture. On the other hand maybe it is correct, when she blames Europe's blindness, deafness, masochism, conformism considering the growing numbers of culturally non-integrated Muslim minorities. The global violent actions of the Jihad and a lack of civil debate-response remains a constant reality, isn't it? Various imams of Europe (many of whom have been implicated or jailed for terrorist activities) celebrated 9-11 and pushed in their mosques the tenets of a religious death following the words of the Koran and the wishes of "Allah". We immediately should start a discussion with this "religious" scene. We shoud require a statement of the imams with regard to the suicide-bombers. Muslims in Madrid, Istanbul, London and elsewhere in Europe should say a clear and public NO or YES. And maybe, before we start a discussion with those "religious" people, we at first should read Oriana Fallaci's book ...

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