I own the book and have read it; I thought it was superlative. If anyone wants a book that isn't slanted they should give up reading altogether.
You can download The Sword and the Prophet
. Another very good "politically incorrect" book on Islam is Ibn Warraq, Why I Am Not a Muslim
(NY: Promethius Books, 1995); free download here
. Trifkovic is Orthodox; Ibn Warraq is a former Muslim now atheist.
For something shorter on video which may serve as a warning to the wise: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXtrKQjAesY
"The massacres perpetrated by Muslims in India are unparalleled in history, bigger in numbers than the Holocaust, or the massacre or the Armenians by the Turks; more extensive even than the slaughter of the South American native populations by the invading Spanish and Portuguese. They are insufficiently known in the outside world"
“It is rare in one's life that one has an opportunity to show on what side of an important life and death issue one stands…” p. xii
“The present work attempts… an uncompromising and critical look at almost all the mental tenets of Islam.” –p. xiv
“I was born into a Muslim family and grew up in a country that now describes itself as an Islamic republic. My close family members identify themselves as Muslim: some more orthodox, others less. My earliest memories are of my circumcision and my first day at Koranic school…” p.xiii
It is well to bear in mind while reading this book the distinction between theory and practice; the distinction between what Muslims ought to do and what they in fact do; what they should have believed and done as opposed to what they actually believed and did. We might distinguish three Islams: Islam 1, Islam 2, and Islam 3. Islam 1 is what the Prophet taught, that is, his teachings as contained in the Koran. Islam 2 is the religion as expounded, interpreted, and developed by the theologians through the traditions (Hadith); it includes the sharia and Islamic law. Islam 3 is what Muslims actually did do and achieved, that is to say, Islamic civilization.
If any general thesis emerges in this book it is that Islam 3, Islamic civilization, often reached magnificent heights despite Islam 1 and Islam 2, and not because of them…
The treatment of women, non-Muslims, unbelievers, heretics, and slaves (male and female) was appalling both in theory and practice. In other words, Islam 1, Islam 2, and Islam 3 all stand condemned. The horrendous behavior toward women, non-Muslims, heretics, and slaves manifested in Islamic civilization was a direct consequence of the principles laid down in the Koran and developed by the Islamic jurists. Islamic law is a totalitarian theoretical construct, intended to control every aspect of an individual's life from birth to death. Happily, the law has not always been applied to the letter—Islamic civilization would scarcely have emerged otherwise. pp.1-2