My book The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) continues to do well: on the New York Times Bestseller List (Paperback Nonfiction) for October 2, it is number 15.
This is its sixth week on the list and first in the top 15. The Times provides capsule descriptions for books in the top 15, and describes mine thusly, in words quoted from some promotional material sent by the publisher: “An examination of certain highly tendentious assertions about both Islam and the Crusades that have entered the popular discourse.” Using this sentence, which is in fact a neat encapsulation of what the book is designed to do, no doubt freed up Times staffers from the onerous duty of actually having to look at the book.
Why does this book continue to attract so much interest from readers, despite the dhimmi cringing and silence with which it has largely been received by both conservative and liberal media titans? An answer comes from someone else who is making his first appearance this week in the Times paperback top 15, Mr. Bob Dylan (author of the strange and beguiling book Chronicles). Long ago, Mr. Dylan wrote, in a satirical vein: “Well, I investigated all the books in the library / Ninety percent of ’em gotta be burned away.” If this is true of any subject, it is true of Islam: ninety percent of the books in any given library are likely as not filled with taqiyya, apologetics, and pandering. And more and more Americans are becoming aware of it — and turning to books like The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) for the real story.