In 2014 I went through a phase of reading a lot of books on Islamic History, and this was probably the best of them. It was a history of the Middle East and the world from the perspective of Muslims. As a devout westerner it is sometimes difficult to get an outside perspective on the world, especially when the civilization you call home is the dominante power both economically and militarily. So this is a good read if you want a new perspective on the world.
Archives for December 2015
Politics is a tricky thing to write about in any objective way. If you don’t do it carefully you are labeled a political hack. If you do it right than it is probably a stale read that won’t keep people’s attention. So it is a rare when you find a book that can manage to be both objective and interesting. Yuval Levin explains the roots of modern politics in the English Speaking World with Thomas Paine and Edmund Burke, forming the left-right divide.
Dinesh D’Souza is a somewhat controversial writer. Being a conservative does not make you friends in Academia, and it certainly hasn’t for Mr. D’Souza. He first caught wide public attention in 2012 for the documentary “Obama 2016”, which was based on two of his books; one of the same name as the film, and the other on his 2011 book “The Roots of Obama’s Rage”. This is a review I did for his 2014 book “America: Imagine a World Without Her”, which had a film tie-in of the same name. Depending on who you ask this book would either fall into the category of “historical revisionism” or “historical apologetics.” I lean toward the latter but you should read it for yourself to decide.