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The roots of this fiery polemic by Oriana Fallaci are in an article she was requested to write for an Italian newspaper. Written in white heat after the events of 9/11, the article grew longer and longer; she had to trim it, and afterwards expanded the piece again 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 and comma of what she has to say in this book. I found her language quite charming, an Italianate version of English brimming with rage and fury.
In the Preface, she talks about inter alia New York as a place of refuge for Italian expatriates, her family background, 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 supporters 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.
She talks extensively about her travels in the Middle East and relates a humorous incident about the time she interviewed the ayatollah Khomeini in Iran, and a sad encounter with Ali Bhutto, a former Pakistani prime minister. Her outrage at the destruction of the Bamiyan Buddha statues is palpable and she gives a moving account of her meeting with the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala in 1968.
Fallaci doesn’t mince words as she talks about the growing numbers of culturally non-integrated minorities in her native Italy and the problems arising from that situation. It would appear that she despairs for the future of Europe, lashing out at certain European leaders. She calls the EU a frustrating, disappointing and insignificant financial club – the suicide of Europe.
I think The Rage And The Pride must be the most politically incorrect book that I have ever read. It is brutally honest, emotional and perhaps a bit over the top in one or two places where it might make some readers’ hair stand on end. But it is a great read, one very special woman’s testament to the dangers facing the West, and why our culture is worth preserving.
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on 18 July 2003
A fantastic book! You have to read it! It doesn't matter what you think about the specific subject matter: Oriana Fallaci knows how to shock you, force to rethink and then start reconsidering what you thought you were positively sure about!
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on 12 December 2002
Book to be read whether you agree or not with her opinions. She is definitely hurt by the passiveness of Europeans when it comes to fight against who she sees as dangerous enemies. She has been a witness of events that give credibility to what she says. I personally think this book is very good, although I am not an American fan like Fallaci seems to appear. Many issues that are risen in 'Rage and Pride' are real and should be considered more carefully when discussing the problem between the Islamic world and the Western culture. If you have interests in the subject it will enrich you reading what this angry, courageous woman has got to say.
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on 23 April 2013
With a rare courage and honesty, Oriana Fallaci shinest the light of the truth and candid scrutiny on her country and the world- breaking a ten year silence after the horrific terrorist attacks in New York on September 11, 2001.

A modern day version of Emile Zola's J'Accuse, Fallaci steps in boldly where most fear to tread, exposing the truths that all of us know but all fear to speak. Fallaci writes that this book was an effort to "open the eyes of those who do not want to see, to unplug the ears of those who do not want to listen, to ignite the thoughts of those who do not want to think"
She does this admirably. She attacks Islamic fundamentalists and the arrogance of the politically correct elite whom she refers to as the "cicadas".
Fallaci was a teenage partisan during the Second World War, fighting Mussolini's Fascist regime in Italy and was an intrepid journalist for decades, covering many wars and struggles. Fallaci writes of the frightening Islamic terror network which is growing like a cancer in Europe, protected by the politically correct Left, who manipulate or deny the evidence.
She writes of her pride in her Italian culture and swears that if Moslem terrorists destroy any of her countrie's landmarks and treasures: "I swear: It is I who would become the holy warrior...War you wanted? War you want? As far as I am concerned war is war and war will be. Until the last breath."
If their were more people like Fallaci in the West and Israel, we could certainly win the battle against the Islamo-Nazis and their cheerleaders on the international left.
Fallaci aptly points out the reasons for Islamic terror:
"Dont you see that all these Ousamas Bin Laden consider themselves authorized to kill you and your children because you drink alcohol, because you don't grow the long beard and refuse the chador or the burkah, because you go the theater and to the movies, because you love music and siing a song, because you dance and watch television, because you wear the miniskirt or the shorts, because on the beach and by the swimming pool you sunbathe or almost naked or naked, because you make love when you want or with whom you want..."
She also attacks the politically correct hypocrites of the left who in the name of Humanitarianism revere the invaders and slander the defenders, absolve the delinquents and condemmn the victims, weep for the Taleban and curse the Americans, forgive the Palestinians for every wrong and the Israelis for nothing.

You HAVE to read this book if you want to understand the great strugles the world is faced with at the dawn of the 21st century.
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Fallaci has the reputation of an irascible moral purist, a radical democrat, and she certainly lives up to that here. This book, written in response immediately following the 9/11 attacks, demonstrates that she has lost none of her political passion. It is as if she vomitted it all out in a single sitting, which is not too far off the mark as she says she lived on coffee and didn't sleep for weeks while she wrote.

On the one hand, there is her outrage at what occured, not only with the Muslim world that spawned such dangerous fundamentalists, but also at the reactions of the politicians in the West and in particular in Europe. All I can say is that her condemnations are not terribly nuanced: there is no acknowledgment of moderate moslems and no patience with the all-too-human hypocracy of the "critics" of the US. While this is rather tiresome after a while, it should not overshadow the fact that her perspective and experience as a celebrated journalist are indeed unique and penetrating. But her rhetoric all too easily soars to excess. In a diatribe against colored immigrants in Italy, for example, she flatly charges that they don't work much, that they routinely indulge in sexual assault, and that they cannot be absorbed into Italian civilization but will instead destroy it. That is certainly not racist, but there is real bile there.

On the other hand, she gives some wonderful glimpses into her mind and its development, from the moral integrity of her parents to her meetings with such world leaders as the Dalai Lama (he gets an A+) or Yassar Arafat (D-). In a way, I wish that she would write a memoir. Also, she lets on that she has terminal cancer, that she loves New York, that America is the guarantor of the West's freedom. It is a good performance and highly interesting.

I read this in Italian and really enjoyed the language: vivid and full of bite, very useful for the development of vocabulary.

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on 25 February 2013
Oriana Fallaci is surely missed. She had an incredible sense to watch, listen and write. Her life's experiences enabled her to write this book with her true thoughts of what was happening and what is in our future.
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on 19 November 2015
As an Italian I have been reading this over and over for the past 14 years and just before the events in Paris. Oriana was fully right in her judgement on Islam and its bad influence on the West. It's a religion not compatible with western values. Muslims should be living in their own muslim countries without coming to Western World trying to change it back to their medieval cult. However the main mistake was made by western politicians, first creating wars in Middle East then allowing hundreds of thusands of them flood into Europe, where they ghetto themselves (think of Sweden, most liberal and welcoming country in the world, guess who is not integrated yet?) and create no go zones in our own countries. Oriana was right and the recent events in Paris (in addition to all the attacks from terrorists all over the world, to individuals and places) are another proof. Vast majority of people across all nations agree with Oriana and will soon do something by themselves if our politicians do not wake up. It's us or them.This book should be taught in schools.
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on 10 September 2012
I agree with some of what is said in this book, she certainly knows how to put her rage against the muslims & her sheer love of America on paper, it screams out the pages at you, read it and know your enemy.
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on 12 February 2003
someone spelled it clear and loud. Avoiding some of the tough questions about how far we need to go to look for peaceful cohexistence of differnt cultures and valuse and when we need to draw a line.
The good thing is that these very un-politically correct messages come from someon who has a great record of fighting with her words for worthy causes and certainly cant be accused of not knowing what she is talking about, having lived a lot of these situations in first person. The piece of the interview to Arafat is a classic.
Thank you Oriana
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on 17 September 2006
This is an amazing book, and I can not believe that someone would want their money back! This book is the complete version of an article that the main Italian newspaper - Corriere della Sera - asked Oriana to write straight after 9/11. The article was such a master piece that was sold out, reproduced and then published as a book. Everything written is the honest truth, coming from a woman with an incredible cultural knowledge, the kind of person you would want to become...
This is The Book.
Thank you Oriana Fallaci

Francesco Egro
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