I couldn't read this book. I can read any book, but
I couldn't read this one. It was too boring and poorly written. I only
got through the introduction and first chapter. It literally put me to
The book studies the rise of fundamentalism, and it
looks like it does a well-thought-out, thorough job. The main concept
seems to be that there is a link between the various fundamentalist groups
that popped up in the twentieth century, even though they're different
religions. That link is a similar cause for their rise: a backlash against
increasing modernity, technology and secularism. Good theory; I totally
But the book is sooooo dry and scholarly as to be unreadable.
A sure sign that a book is too scholarly is an introduction in which the
authors debate semantics and describe why the word "fundamentalism"
is faulty: "There are numerous problems in applying the word 'fundamentalism'
beyond its original historic use." What a waste of space - several
pages. Ok, we get it: each example of a fundamentalist group is different.
Duh. It's still a word that means something that everyone understands.
Let's see, there are lots of different chairs in the world - upholstered,
tall, wood, steel, made out of paper clips, but we still know them all
as "chair". It's called the basic concept of language, pals.
Yeah, don't read this book.
points Which one of these "words" is not found in the book: