I love to read memoirs about people who have or had lives that are vastly different than my own. In that way, Infidel delivers big time. This book is a fascinating account about Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s life out of poverty and religious oppression. Born prematurely, Ali overcomes obstacles from day one. She is beaten, genitally mutilated, married to a relative at a young age, terrorized by fellow country-men and ultimately disowned by her family and country and yet, she manages to stay optimistic and grateful for the role her life plays in the Islamic feminist movement.
Ali is brave and deserves tremendous amount of respect. This is not for the faint of heart, but it is a terrific read.