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The Rage and Pride Hardcover – 22 Nov 2002

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Universe Publishing; Intl edition (22 Nov. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 084782599X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847825998
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 2 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 845,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Italian-born journalist offers her reactions to the events of September 11, 2001, and her views on America, Italy, Europe, Islam and Western civilization, and related topics, interspersed with personal memories.

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73 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 Jun. 2005
This passionate polemic by Oriana Fallaci grew out of an article she wrote for an Italian newspaper after the events of 9/11. She afterwards expanded the piece in order to say everything she wanted to get off her chest. In her own words, she was trying to open the eyes of those who do not want to see, unplug the ears of those who do not want to hear and ignite the thoughts of those who refuse to think.

In her introductory dedication, Fallaci explains that the English text is her own translation and there may be oddities in the style and vocabulary, but that she wanted it to be like that because she wishes to retain complete responsibility for every word, period and comma in this book. I found her language quite charming, an Italianate version of English brimming with rage and anger.

In the Preface, she talks about inter alia New York as a place of refuge for Italian expatriates, her family background, the struggle against fascism, the process of writing the newspaper article that eventually evolved into this book, and much more besides.

The main text starts out with her feelings right after she saw the attack on the Twin Towers on TV and what followed. She also discusses the various reactions from around the globe, the heroism of the fire-fighters and America's unity in the face of adversity.

Fallaci really lays into the politically correct, the followers of multiculturalism and the apologists for terrorism. While not blind to the faults of the West, she vigorously defends Western culture, even Christianity, although she claims to be an atheist.
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79 of 83 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Mar. 2006
Ih Her The Rage and Pride Oriana Fallci shows herself to be one of the bravest women in the Western World ... her first-hand testimony of the ingratidue of muslim immigrants in Italy is absolutely eye-opening, urinuating and deffacating on religious symbols is hardly a sign of respect to your host nation (I wish they would show the same disdain when accepting Welfare benefits from their Infidel hosts)... one wonders how long before we witness the same behaviour in the UK...
We have recently just had "UK you will pay, 7/7 is on its way" by burga-clad "pious" muslim women on the streets of London... showing their contempt for the families of the July 7 atrocities...
Oriana is one of the most politically UNCorrect writers in the world... we need such a heroine in the UK..
Do read this book and admire this wonderful woman...
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Mr. B. M. Abel VINE VOICE on 27 Feb. 2005
That book is by far the best text I ve read about the muslim invasion, and its ghastly effects on our culture,.
I definitely agree with the author's point of view and, could not have said it better myself.. this is a must read for all free spirited, open minded westeners caring about our freedoms, our democracy and our values and a wake up call for all others.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Rabet on 5 April 2007
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Is this book as good as many reviewers think or just the ravings of an aged lunatic as others imply?

In my view it is a bit of a curate's egg being a strange hybrid. Yes it is difficult to follow being a literal translation by the author herself of the original Italian rather than the work of a professional translator. In my view this adds to its force as Fallaci was a very erudite person with a wonderful command of both Italian and English.

She can appear racist at times but this is because of her unbridled anger as what she perceives of the Western World's weakness and self-loathing. She intended it to be rude to serve as a wake up call and as a call to arms. In such circumstances I believe one is justified in not flirting around the edges of a problem but confronting it head on. She has done this wonderfully and the book should be read by all and we must not forget what is encapsulated within namely if we capitulate to totalitarianism we will eventually be enslaved.

A marvellous read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lance Grundy TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 3 April 2008
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This book, while not exactly a `rant', is certainly a harsh polemic against Islam. Fired up by the 9/11 attacks and the continuing encroachment of what she saw as an alien culture in her beloved Italy, La Fallaci sat down and wrote a hostile critique of Islam for an Italian newspaper. The article met with widespread support and, encouraged, she expanded the article to book length and published it as "The Rage and the Pride." Both her rage and her pride come across strongly in her highly subjective writing and her arguments are far less reasoned than in her second book "The Force of Reason."

Such passionate and politically incorrect writing is becoming a rarity these days and Oriana Fallaci is to be congratulated for her courage. The brutal honesty she displays in this book though cost her dear. Faced with arrest in Europe for inciting hatred she was forced to spend the twilight years of her life in exile in the United States returning to Italy only to die in her home town of Florence - cheating her detractors of the show trial they so craved.

Although the book's literary merits are slim, it deserves to be read for its passion and brutal honesty. It is a call to arms from someone concerned their civilisation is being destroyed and who feels duty bound to try and wake up her compatriots before it is too late. In her own words... "There are moments in life when keeping silent becomes a fault, and speaking an obligation. A civic duty, a moral challenge, a categorical imperative from which we cannot escape."
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