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American Radical: Inside the World of an Undercover Muslim FBI Agent Kindle Edition
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“[A] multifaceted, action-packed account of real-life spycraft...Elnoury heightens the suspense in vividly described scenes...and provides insight into the worldview and intentions of al-Qaeda affiliates. There is never a dull moment in this intimate story of an American Muslim going to great lengths to serve and protect his country.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“The author reflects compellingly on the challenges of being a Muslim patriot, and he closes with a plea to resist wholesale bigotry: ‘Banning Muslims from the United States throws gas on the myth that the United States is at war with Islam.’ His tale of infiltration is exciting and clearly written...A worthwhile, unique addition to the shelf of post-9/11 memoirs concerning the fight against terrorism.”—Kirkus Reviews
“The first time an active FBI agent has published a book remotely like it.”—The Times (UK)
About the Author
Kevin Maurer is an award-winning journalist and the bestselling coauthor, with Mark Owen, of No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama bin Laden. He has covered war and terrorism for more than a decade. --This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B072C7CV3K
- Publisher : Dutton; Reprint edition (October 23, 2017)
- Publication date : October 23, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 1631 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 364 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #446,083 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Still, the topic was of great importance. An Egyptian-American dedicates his life, as a Muslim, to protecting Americans from drug dealers and terrorists. How could I pass it by?
Perhaps Ben Franklin stated it best in Poor Richard's Almanak (1732-57): Without justice, courage is weak. [The International Thesaurus of Quotations, 192.16, pg 116, compiled by Hoda Thomas Tripp].
In American Radical, Tamer Elnoury, (not his real name), shows us how he grew from a rank amateur at undercover police work, to highly skilled professional. Along the way, we learn of his faith, and how similar it sounds to my faith, as a Catholic, now, or as an Episcopalian while a teenager. We also learn of his camaraderie with another member of his department who happens to be Jewish.
We also learn of his first great test, when his mother confronted a debilitating disease. These few pages are of critical value to understanding him and how his family is so very similar to any other American citizen.
BLUSH FACTOR To be sure, there are graphic profanities, but that should be expected when one considers the topic and the types of characters depicted. As you read it, you might choose to skip over the more harsh cussing, if reading it to an 8-year-old child, or to an 80-year-old grandmother. But, by no means should you choose not to read this fabulous true story.
I also highly recommend the companion, discounted offering, by Audible. With many books, but none more so than American Radical, the greatest importance and value comes through listening to the unabridged version of a great book.
I am proud to call the author, brother, even though I've never met him or his family. As a 10-year Vietnam-Era veteran, I am proud to learn of this man's courage to seek justice for those who murder innocent men, women and children.
Five stars out of five.
Comments regarding your opinion of this book or of my review, whether favorable or unfavorable, are always welcome. If you buy the book based on my review and become disappointed, especially, I do want to know that and I want to understand how I can improve as a book reviewer. Just please be polite.
Since 9-11 we've been relatively lucky. And in the Middle East, it does appear that ISIS is on the run, if not in decline. But the scourge of radical Islam is not going away, it's just going underground. Meanwhile, we better do our homework. This book helps, not only to clarify how "True Islam" is perverted by the radicals, but also, how our FBI works so hard to ferret out terrorism before a planned attack occurs.
The ongoing importance of differentiating true from radical Islam is that by failing to understand the difference, one risks lumping all Muslims together in their religion and politics. That error plays neatly into the hand of the radicals, because it helps them achieve their goal: to precipitate the apocalyptic End of Days battle between Islam and all non-believers. Only when that utter chaos is let loose will Allah intercede decisively for Islam's victory and enable a new world oder, a Global calaphate, under Islamic law.
Near the end of this book, I began to look for a thrilling climax. But then I realized that I was looking for what I usually found in fiction; it is not here. This book is based on the real deal - the story of a true investigation that thwarts a real terrorist plot and ends cooly and logically the way it should. Nevertheless, without fireworks, the ending is very fulfilling and reinforces the danger and importance of the work being done everyday by heroic, dedicated folks, including some Muslims, behind the scenes.
I've been a somewhat reluctant but fascinated student of Islam for some years now. I've read the Quran, the political Hadith and a stunning biography of Muhammad, "It's All About Muhammad," by F.W. Burleigh. "American Radical" has been every bit as enlightening as the others, and I recommend it highly along with them. The co-author of "American Radical," Kevin Maurer, uses clear and concise language that adds to the suspense and quick pace in much of the book.
One of the tragic distinctions that's arisen in our politically polarized American society is that those who read books and serious periodicals are somehow deemed "elitist" by those who don't. On the contrary: at least on this topic, those who DO NOT read and learn about the important distinction between radical Islam and the true and correct interpretation of it are fuel to a fire, hopefully not but that might be coming soon. This book is one of the easier and more entertaining reads of any on this topic. Get it and read it for your enjoyment and enlightenment!