Liz's Reviews > Children of Jihad: A Young American's Travels Among the Youth of the Middle East

Children of Jihad by Jared Cohen
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Feb 04, 2012

really liked it
Read from January 26 to February 04, 2012

While I read this book as an assignment for a geography class, I found it interesting and well-written as well as eye-opening. I tend to take the news at face value rather than assume that there is some great conspiracy to keep us on the dark. This book, however, has made me question how the middle east is presented to Americans. Perhaps the news hasn't been hijacked by the government, but how else does one explain the great divide between the observations made in this book and the portrayal of Middle Eastern citizens. To watch the news footage of our war efforts in the area is to assume that there are armed insurgents on every corner and that the entire region wants to kill all Americans. This book definitely breaks down those stereotypes and in fact points out that unlike most Americans, youth in the Middle East are capable of distinguishing between countries, religions, and individuals.
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