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My Year Inside Radical Islam by Daveed Gartenstein-Ross
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Mar 09, 2009

did not like it
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Read in September, 2008

My Year Inside Radical Islam: a Memoir by Daveed Gartenstein-Ross is the personal account of a young man’s spiritual quest. Impressed by a (moderate Shiite) Muslim classmate in college, he converts. After college, given a job in the office of al-Haraman, a radical Islamic charity, he strives to conform, adopting the strict practice and intolerant attitudes of the group. Later, in law school, his perspective changes with his surroundings and he converts to Christianity. After 9/11, discovering the connection between al-Haraman and al-Queda, he becomes an FBI informant.

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jessi This is just a summary. So... why didn't you like it?

Judith The guy seems to me to be an incredible jerk, and the book is not especially well-written. Nothing he said was of any interest to me. He wanted to fit in so bad that he adopted a religion that disrespects women and that was ok with him. Then new friends, new religion, then the FBI, so he becomes an informant. The reason I read and reviewed the book was for a library publication -- why it circulated so frequently in my library, I have no idea. I guess a lot of people must have liked it better than I did.

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