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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,695 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ayaan Hirsi Ali Narrator: Ayaan Hirsi Ali Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2010 ISBN: 9780743599139
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Ayaan Hirsi Ali captured the world’s attention with Infidel, the critically acclaimed, eye-opening memoir of her Muslim childhood in Africa and Saudi Arabia and her eventual escape to the Netherlands to avoid a forced marriage. After a Dutch film director with whom she made a documentary about the mistreatment of Muslim women was murdered by a radical Islamist, death threats forced Hirsi Ali into hiding, ultimately leading her to move to a more secure life in the United States working with a political think tank.

 

Nomad is the story of everything that happened after Hirsi Ali left Holland and moved to America in a brave bid to start an entirely new life. In it she recounts her renewed contact with her family after her father’s death, and her attempts to live her newly adopted principles in the face of continued attempts by Islamists to stifle her free speech. Through vivid anecdotes and observations of people, cultures, and political debacles, she weaves together her recent personal story with the stories of other women and men she encounters. With a deep understanding of the situation of Muslim women in the world today and her singular, unwavering courage, Hirsi Ali offers her always notable, often controversial analysis of Islam from her new vantage in America. Download and start listening now!

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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.”

    Booklist

  • “[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 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 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 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 Katia | 2/7/2014

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frank Snell | 1/28/2014

    " Read Infidel first. She is extremely anti-Islam, possibly justifiably. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 1/26/2014

    " May 2013 - This book was incredibly thought provoking and well written. Ali is talented with words and extremely passionate about the growing threat of radical Islam and the peril of Muslim women. Most intriguing to me was the final chapter, "Looking for God, but Finding Allah" in which Ali, a committed atheist lays out what she sees as the greatest weapon in the flight against the spread of Islam, the Christian church. I plan to revisit this book later in the year - it's given me plenty on which to ruminate. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Valena Arguello | 1/17/2014

    " While I really enjoyed Hirsi Ali's first account of her life this book was a bit scarry. Her hate of Islam and call for a war against it is kind of disturbing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janene | 1/14/2014

    " Clarifies the Muslim culture. A must read for Christians! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Farhin | 1/9/2014

    " Great and controversial insights. Courageous and well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsey | 1/9/2014

    " Solidified my stance on organized religion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erika | 1/8/2014

    " Fascinating book... (although not as good as Infidel.) As Canadians, tolerance of other cultures is really impressed upon us and her view that this tolerance can actually be a negative thing is certainly eye-opening. Highly recommend! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachelle | 12/29/2013

    " Though this was a fascinating read, I can only rate it 3 stars because of how often the author repeats herself, which seriously affected my enjoyment of the book. I would definitely still recommend it, though, because the ideas presented within it are worth the effort. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tama | 12/4/2013

    " An extraordinary woman whom I admire enormously. Relevant/honest/fearless... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mallory | 11/25/2013

    " This sequel to her debut, Infidel, should be a required modern-day feminist call to action. Despite some unpopular and far from mainstream opinions, the eloquence with which Ali shares her convictions is a work of biting intelligence. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zoltan | 8/19/2013

    " This was a very different perspective to the first book that I read by this author, and I think, a necessary one. Although 'Infidel' stands alone in its message and content. I think of these two books as a pair that should be read as part one and part two. They complete each other. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lacey | 1/4/2013

    " Really intriguing. Story of a Somlali woman who has rejected traditionalism and Islamic belief for Western ideals and atheism. See's Islam as a major threat to Western Society, prescribes an action plan to address key issues. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Grandma Jo | 12/15/2012

    " Her story is awesome "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggi | 9/19/2012

    " Not as appealing at the start as Infidel, this is another excellent read nonetheless. Illuminating, intelligent, and enlightening look at religion and culture. Eye opening for a liberal like me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martha | 8/3/2012

    " great reflections on Islamic immigration throughout the world "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carrie | 5/22/2012

    " "Nomad" is a sequel to an earlier book "Infidel" and is the author's response to criticisms of Infidel. She is immensely brave as well as methodical and logical. One of the best non-fiction authors I've read. She is brilliant and inspiring. I do recommend this book, as well as Infidel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline | 1/23/2012

    " If you haven't, read the first (Infidel). I have some problems with the idea that an atheist is hoping that the Catholic church will help save women from oppression. She's arguing that people need something to convert to, to fill the empty void in their lives if they leave Islam. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 8/25/2011

    " Lots of food for thought! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Taylor | 6/17/2011

    " This book was SO interesting. I read it in one day and couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 6/3/2011

    " I thought this might be "Infidel 2", but it had more to offer. She gives a lot of insight into the Islamic culture in Europe and America and has a unique perspective. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ploni | 5/16/2011

    " It is a great book as a sequel to her book Infidel. One must read that book first. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adrienne | 5/15/2011

    " Controversial and thought provoking. Her ideas have a credence because she is describing her experience and the views that came from those experience. Controversial because these are not all views that are mainstream in Western society. Read and think and decide for yourself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lacey | 4/30/2011

    " Really intriguing. Story of a Somlali woman who has rejected traditionalism and Islamic belief for Western ideals and atheism. See's Islam as a major threat to Western Society, prescribes an action plan to address key issues. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 4/21/2011

    " Absolutely fascinating! Clearly her own perspective on the Islamaic world as it affects women primarily.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenifer | 4/12/2011

    " amazing story and wonderfully informative. Hirsi Ali exposes Americans to a new perspective on Muslim relations. "

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About the Author
Author Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Ayaan Hirsi Ali is the New York Times bestselling author of Infidel, Nomad, and The Caged Virgin. Born in Somalia and raised Muslim, she grew up in Africa and Saudi Arabia before fleeing to the Netherlands in 1992, where she went from cleaning factories to winning a seat in the Dutch Parliament. A prominent speaker, debater, and op-ed writer, she was chosen as one of Time magazine’s one hundred most influential people in the world. She is now a fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She lives in Boston.