A revelatory look at what happens when political Islam collides with the secular West
Ian Buruma's Murder in Amsterdam is a masterpiece of investigative journalism, a book with the intimacy and narrative control of a crime novel and the analytical brilliance for which Buruma is renowned. On a cold November day in Amsterdam in 2004, the celebrated and controversial Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh was shot and killed by an Islamic extremist for making a movie that "insulted the prophet Mohammed." The murder sent shock waves across Europe and around the world. Shortly thereafter, Ian Buruma returned to his native land to investigate the event and its larger meaning as part of the great dilemma of our time.
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About Ian Buruma
Ian Buruma is the Henry R. Luce Professor of Democracy, Human Rights,
and Journalism at Bard College. His books include The China Lover, Murder in Amsterdam, Occidentalism,
God’s Dust, Behind the Mask, The Wages of Guilt, Bad
Elements, and Taming the Gods.
About Shaun Grindell
Shaun Grindell, actor and Earphones Award–winning narrator, was born and raised in Southampton, England. His training includes the Calland School of Speech and Drama and the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in London. He has been seen on stage in London and Las Vegas.