Why the Rest Hates the West: Understanding the Roots of Global Rage, by Meic Pearse (Intervarsity Press, Downers Grove, Illinois, 2004)
This is not a book review; not yet. I long to write about Meic Pearse's book, but it deserves a detailed and extensive review which I cannot at the moment accomplish. Rather than wait entirely until I can put in the requisite time and effort, however, I'm posting this placeholder, because this is an incredibly valuable book! Its somewhat unfortunate title calls to mind the hand-wringing post-9/11 whine, "Why do they hate us?" but Why the Rest Hates the West is a serious, insightful analysis of the chasm between modern Western culture—more precisely, "anti-culture"—and the rest of the world that no one with more than a few years left on this earth can afford to ignore.
Find the book! Read it! Then come back here and tell me what you think.And I'll put Li'l Writer Guy to work on the review.