Hannah Tucker
February 02, 2007 AT 05:00 AM EST

Somali-born Ayaan Hirsi Ali — who collaborated with filmmaker Theo van Gogh on Submission, the film about Muslim women that led to his 2004 murder — recounts her terrorized childhood in Africa and, much later, her embattled political career in Holland in her book Infidel.

Telling Words
On her arranged marriage: ”I could just see, very clearly and dispassionately, the bars closing in on me.”

Lowdown
Hirsi Ali sacrifices stylish prose in her scathing critique of Islam.

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