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"This woman is a major hero of our time." —Richard Dawkins

Ayaan Hirsi Ali captured the world’s attention with Infidel, her compelling coming-of-age memoir, which spent thirty-one weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Now, in Nomad, Hirsi Ali tells of coming to America to build a new life, an ocean away from the death threats made to her by European Islamists, the strife she witnessed, and the inner conflict she suffered. It is the story of her physical journey to freedom and, more crucially, her emotional journey to freedom—her transition from a tribal mind-set that restricts women’s every thought and action to a life as a free and equal citizen in an open society. Through stories of the challenges she has faced, she shows the difficulty of reconciling the contradictions of Islam with Western values.

In these pages Hirsi Ali recounts the many turns her life took after she broke with her family, and how she struggled to throw off restrictive superstitions and misconceptions that initially hobbled her ability to assimilate into Western society. She writes movingly of her reconciliation, on his deathbed, with her devout father, who had disowned her when she renounced Islam after 9/11, as well as with her mother and cousins in Somalia and in Europe.

Nomad is a portrait of a family torn apart by the clash of civilizations. But it is also a touching, uplifting, and often funny account of one woman’s discovery of today’s America. While Hirsi Ali loves much of what she encounters, she fears we are repeating the European mistake of underestimating radical Islam. She calls on key institutions of the West—including universities, the feminist movement, and the Christian churches—to enact specific, innovative remedies that would help other Muslim immigrants to overcome the challenges she has experienced and to resist the fatal allure of fundamentalism and terrorism.

This is Hirsi Ali’s intellectual coming-of-age, a memoir that conveys her philosophy as well as her experiences, and that also conveys an urgent message and mission—to inform the West of the extent of the threat from Islam, both from outside and from within our open societies. A celebration of free speech and democracy, Nomad is an important contribution to the history of ideas, but above all a rousing call to action. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “In this brilliant sequel to her seminal Infidel, Ayaan Hirsi Ali warns the West of the dangers of the failure to integrate the Muslim populations in our midst. Nomad is a must-read!”

    Winston Spencer-Churchill

  • “Here…is the story of a young African woman, born into Islam, who was given every possible occasion to feel grievance, resentment, and humiliation yet who has employed her own life as an example of internationalism, tolerance, multiculturalism, and the redemption of others…For me, the three most beautiful words in the emerging language of secular resistance to tyranny are Ayaan Hirsi Ali.”

    Christopher Hitchens, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “There is more wisdom and compassion in this book than can be found in most university libraries…Hirsi Ali’s voice and example are simply indispensable. There is no one like her—and we need thousands like her.”

    Sam Harris, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Illuminating analysis…[Nomad’s] special strength…lies in the way that her arguments and perceptions are rooted in personal experience…She rages eloquently…writes revealingly. Nomad is an excellent read.”

    New York Review of Books

  • “Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s new memoir is the most powerful book you will have read in a long time.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • “Brilliant”

    Daily Beast

  • “A thought-provoking book sure to stir as much debate and controversy as Infidel.”


  • “[An] achingly honest, human, and heartfelt account of her family and personal history…Everyone who cares about the Enlightenment values that so many of us take for granted in the West will want to read this deeply moving, beautifully written book. In an age of empty celebrity, Hirsi Ali is a truly great woman, and in Nomad she has written an instant classic.”

    Bruce Bawer, author of While Europe Slept and Surrender

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by G.P. Plascencia | 2/20/2014

    " A gripping history. This is the only book I've read from Hirsi Ali and its so good (I think mostly because its a personal account, and I've heard that 'Infidel' is even better). Hirsi Ali presents the growing problem with muslims emigrating from the middle-east and other Islamist countries; Islam as an ideology is just incompatible with the modern world, and muslim immigrants just don't want to change their ways; they want (and demand) all amenities, comforts and advantages of the modern world, but at the same time are not willing to concede that all that is the result of a society that has shed away just the kind of dark-aged ideology they still drag around (and worst of all, modern society -Europe- is playing-along with them). Just a very few of those immigrants are capable of changing, as Hirsi Ali did . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kari | 2/18/2014

    " Facinating look at the plight of Muslim women and her policy ideas of how to change it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ali | 2/17/2014

    " Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a very impressive person. Her previous book, Infidel, blew me away, so when I found out she had written a new one I had to read it. Like many of my favorite books, it taught me new ways of understanding and seeing things. I give it five stars for this and for providing interesting analysis of some of today's social issues, but Infidel remains my favorite of hers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Katia | 2/7/2014

    " Not as good as Infidel but still an interesting read. "

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