The Rage and the Pride  

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"I want to defend my culture, not theirs, and I inform you that I like Dante Alighieri and Shakespeare and Goethe and Verlaine and Walt Whitman and Leopardi much more than Omar Khayyam." --page 86

"They didn't even like the fact that I cried on the armless and legless Ukrainian recruits who, having been abandoned by those barbarians and recovered by their comrades, now lay in the field-hospitals imploring let-me-die." --page 86

"As for the arms and the legs, they sold them as trophies in the bazaar." --page 86

"a sort of primer in how not to write about Islam" Christopher Hitchens in "Holy Writ" (2003)

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The Rage and the Pride (2001, La Rabbia e l’Orgoglio in Italian) is a book written in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks by Italian journalist and author Oriana Fallaci. It questions stated tenets of Islam and its practices, condemns totalitarian forces bent on destroying liberal Western society and civilisation, and rails against apathy regarding the immediate threat posed by Islamic fundamentalism. Fallaci's book was originally a series of articles written for the national Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera. The book has been a bestseller in Italy and Europe, where it has sold over 1.5 million copies.

The book was reviewed by Rana Kabbani as "Bible of the Muslim Haters" (2002).


The book was popular by many, especially in Italy. Some reviewers, however, found it excessive. Christopher Hitchens, himself a vocal critic of Islam, described it in a review for the Atlantic Monthly ("Holy Writ", 2003) as "a sort of primer in how not to write about Muslims" and noted that it resembled earlier anti-Semitic texts depicting Jews as vermin. Michael Ledeen commended Fallaci’s "wonderful way with words" and called the book "terrific".

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