Surrender: Appeasing Islam, Sacrificing Freedom

Bruce Bawer, Author . Doubleday $24.95 (321p) ISBN 978-0-385-52398-1

Bawer (While Europe Slept ) argues that, in the name of tolerance and multiculturalism, critics of radical Islam are being silenced by left-leaning academics, politicians and journalists. He argues that self-censorship has become widespread in the Western press, referring to outcry following the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten 's 2005 publication of cartoon depictions of the prophet Muhammad, when many international news outlets debated whether the paper had the right to print them in the first place—an attack on freedom of the press coming from within its own ranks. While Bawer does an admirable job of rooting out hypocritical statements made by pundits and politicians, readers might wince at his pronounced anti-Muslim bias—he claims that Muslim immigrants to the West are in a war to snuff out free speech and equal rights. Bawer's thought-provoking arguments are overshadowed by his shrill condemnations and a cranky attack on those who paint him as a polarizing figure. The book would have been helped had the author remembered his own statement, made early in the book: “Free speech doesn't mean immunity from criticism.” (May)

Reviewed on: 03/09/2009
Release date: 05/01/2009
Genre: Nonfiction
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