My favorite part of books like this is the new things you get to learn. I am not a history buff by any means, but I do enjoy learning about people and countries and the history that helped a person or place become what it is today.
There was plenty of new and exciting facts presented in American Caliphate. I had no idea Spanish Muslims came to the Americas. I really wasn't even aware of how they were treated in Spain, and that the government tried to pretty much get rid of all the Muslims during this time period. It gave me a better appreciation for religious freedom. The introduction of the Ibanez storyline painted a very good picture of why someone would be willing to leave their family, including a pregnant wife, to search for a place where they could build a new home where they were free to worship.
This really was a fascinating book. The clash between the Spanish Inquisition and Muslims believers proved very interesting, but then you also got to learn about the Moche people and the mysteries surrounding their culture and history. It was a very interesting read.
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The Edible Bookshelf is a place to share thoughts about the books you're reading, good or bad. I love to read, but I don't want to keep good books to myself. Not to mention, I don't want anyone else to have to suffer through a terrible book. Nobody wants that! I read fast, and I read a lot (although lately much of my reading is teeth related). Plus I write, which means I might be a little more critical than other readers, but I also read books for enjoyment. I don't like books with holes in the plot, story lines only put in purely for shock value, or token characters thrown in to appease critics. What I do like are books that have realistic characters that make me care about them and stories that pull me in to the point that I can't put them down. So here's a place to find out what at least one avid reader/writer thinks about the books you've been hearing about. I'll give you my honest opinion, take it or leave it. And if you have a book you've read, or one you want me to read, pass it along. Happy reading everyone!