By Amin Maalouf; Kevin Pierce, audiobook narrator
Examining tensions between the Arab and Western worlds, Maalouf sees something beyond a "clash of civilizations". Both cultures have their own continuity, integrity, and morality. Yet both have become exhausted and debased. The West has betrayed its values, even as it pushes democracy abroad. The Arab world, nostalgic for its golden era, has rushed toward radicalism. We fall short of ideological debate not only because we lack common ground, but because we are fast losing what ground we stood on.