George Hong hey sam. the issue is most people have no idea of what Islam is about. non-muslims get nice quotations from the Koran from faithful Muslims who will keep the real agenda hidden. That is why you need to read Ibn Warraq from Pakistan and Ali Sina from Iran who left the faith. it is easy for Muslims to dismiss Spencer as hateful but you have to press the issue and ask the hard questions you would ask Christians about the bible. why was the prophet reasonable when he lived in Mecca and vindictive when he moved to Medina? If his message was pointing out a monotheistic creed to Arabs he could have converted to Christianity and become a bishop of Arabia and avoided killing people who wouldn't accept his religious claims.
Saeeda Agreed, the tone of the book detracts from the credibility of the author and aims to confirm false stereotypes based on the most extreme interpretations of a text that really needs to be examined within its historical and cultural context simultaneously. It's like insisting that Christians believe that everyone needs to pluck their eyes out because Jesus literally tells us in the bible it is better to do that then allow them to cause us to sin (Matthew 18:8-9).
Cheryl I found it very factual - quoted the Koran and other Islamic books. I did not read any personal statements. So if you saw hatred, it was what was in the book being quoted, not Robert Spencer's opinion.