Russell Shorto

You Say You Want a Revolution



According to the Pew Global Attitudes Project survey, released in December, 59% of Egyptians think democracy is better than any other kind of government, and only 8% think suicide bombing is justifiable.  But…

82% favor stoning people who commit adultery

77% support cutting off the hands of thieves

84% believe in the death penalty for those who leave Islam for another religion.

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About the Author

  I was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. I have three children (Anna, Eva and Anthony) and three step-children (Reinier, Hector and Benjamin).  I write books of narrative history; I believe history is most meaningful to us when it manifests itself through individuals in conflict. My books have been published in fourteen languages and have won numerous awards.  I am senior scholar at the New Netherland Institute and a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine. My interests include the past, the present and the future, not necessarily in that order.  

photo by Keke Keukelaar