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"American Radical" is a Great Story of One Man's Courageous Fight for Justice for Terrorists
Reviewed in the United States on October 23, 2017
When I noticed "American Radical" for sale on Amazon, I hesitated before purchasing it. "This looks to be an intense, emotionally draining book, and I've got too many irons in the fire. I'm afraid I won't be able to concentrate on it, or that in doing so, I won't be as effective as I need to be at work."
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.
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