Rage: Narcissism, Patriarchy, and the Culture of Terrorism

A book such as this one on Terrorism does not hit the bookshelves very often. Why? We often shy away from an examination of the harsher sides of life, and not many of us are Centered enough to write this book and work us toward a solution. Domestic violence is a topic we are all familiar with to some extent, but seeing the story of how this connects to Terrorism makes for a fascinating read.

Rage covers so much ground, and in a very compelling manner. Without giving too much away, the subtitle is a useful hint. “Narcissism, Patriarchy, and the Culture of Terrorism”, all woven together with factual narratives of both domestic violence and global terrorism.

The subtexts of shame, power, honor and empathy are interwoven in the context of domestic violence. They blend seamlessly with terror, violence and peace, showing by example how domestic violence leads to Terrorism, with narcissism firmly in the center.

The author, Abigail R. Esman, weaves a compelling narrative around these tough subjects, pointing us ‘Toward a Solution’ in the end.

You could be like me, and read it through in one sitting (recommended) or you could pick it up to read a specific topic. The Notes section alone is a phenomenal resource. A go-to book is a good friend to have in these trying political times.
While highly recommending Rage, I would suggest that you also pick up a copy of the author’s prophetic book, ‘Radical State: How Jihad Is Winning Over Democracy in the West’.