I found this book surprisingly easy to read and found myself getting through 200 pages in a day.
The book covers the human rights abuses of the corrupt Karimov regime including how they boil people for holding certain views; use rape widely and enslave large amounts of their population on cotton plantations.
It also shows how the US and UK overlooked these horrors for the support of the regime.
Craig Murray has to be applauded and thanked for standing up against the actions of the regime which do not belong in any society.
I found this book riveting. Although not a biography it has some bigraphical information on the saint of saints. One story that I heard through family, which is in the book, was that of the man who denied Islam and was transformed into a woman.
Edward Said links the university tradition known as Orientalism to 19th century Western imperialism. He shows how Orientalism is biased and not objective and imposes Western values on the Orient. He highlights the biases of authors such as Bernard Lewis and other significant orientalists of the past century. The book is written in a scholarly style so is not as accessible as it could be, but the author's reading is breathtaking