Marwan would have been one of our first 10 books, but the nature of it’s content caused me to hold off on listing the book until I had a chance to read — well, listen to — all of it. As the review says:
Some readers will be offended by the book, as it may seem to ask for empathy with its characters’ views and a sympathetic understanding of their actions. But I don’t think it has to be read that way. We can learn much from Schefrin’s novelistic speculations, which are grounded in firm and realistic insights into human nature.
You see, Marwan is a novel about the events leading up to 9/11 and told, in part, from the point of view of the terrorists. I don’t claim any moral superiority on the event, but I did want to make damn sure that we didn’t become “collateral damage” after the book was released should it contain and inflammatory claims. True to his words, Aram did a fine job of telling the story. Empathy — not sympathy — was invoked; a daunting task for such an atrocity that has had world-wide consequences.
Aram also has three other titles Podiobooks.com:
Consider the Elephant – The story of John Wikes Booth, the man who assassinated President Lincoln
Glorius – An account of General Geoget Custer told from the point of view of a soldier who hated him
The Tenth Cow – Romance, satire and suspense and a possible nuclear Holy War