Sunday, September 6, 2015

It IS About Islam: Exposing the Truth About ISIS, Al Qaeda, Iran, and the Caliphate, by Glenn Beck

Mr. Beck's book is in three parts. The first is a thoughtful and reference -laden overview of Islam and in particular, Islamism. The second is a primer of the "13 lies" about Islam (and Islamism) that are considered politically correct or appropriate speech.  Again, although the word "lies" might seem inflammatory, the material is thoughtfully presented. Finally, the third part is what he recommends Americans do going forward. I found it the least compelling section of the book; perhaps it just needs more explanation and detail.

So overall, is this book worth reading? Realize that Mr. Beck is a media personality who is known for both his ultra conservative views and for supporting restraint on the free actions of Americans who have views that differ from his personal religious beliefs (e.g., abortion, gay marriage, etc.).

This doesn't make him a person you might intuit to be a fair and balanced narrator of a book about Islamism. Consider that the group People for the American Way (which exists "to shed light on the activities of right-wing political organizations") characterizes Mr. Beck as "a full-blown apocalyptic End Times preacher."

Well, as former Texas Governor Rick Perry points out, even "a broken clock is right once a day." Well, maybe even twice. The point is, no matter what you may think of Mr. Beck's political slant, my take is that he was diligent in writing an objective, fact-based book.

So the answer: yes, I absolutely recommend this book. In fact, the more the title offends your sense of political correctness, the more interesting it would be for you in particular to read.

It IS About Islam: Exposing the Truth About ISIS, Al Qaeda, Iran, and the Caliphate (The Control Series Book 3)

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