The author of this book is Zak Ebrahim, who is an American. His father is an educated Egyptian man, and his mother is an American schoolteacher who has changed her religion to Islam.
Though America is where his father El -Sayyid Nosair lives, his heart is full of hate for Jews. Zak's father kills the leader of the Jewish Defense League, and also helps plan the bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993.
He is loved by fanatics of Islam and hated by the peace loving people who can't understand the rhetoric behind all the carnage that terrorism brings about on innocent people who have no strong affiliations to any religion.
The sins of their father weigh heavily on Zak and his family and they are ostracized by people wherever they live, as people think they must share the same hatred.
The good ending to this sad story is that Zak is a deep thinker, who also thinks that the world has to be a peaceful and non-violent place to live in. As opposed to his dad, he understands that hatred is not a means to an end and realizes that what his father had done was not the right thing to do. In order to balance the wrong-doings of his father Zak speaks out against terrorism and promotes peace!
It must have been difficult for Zak to write this book as it is very hard for a child to point a finger at his dad, who was his hero when he was young. I was very happy for Zak when he made the right choice.
Title: The terrorist's son
Author: Zak Ebrahim with Jeff Giles
Reviewed by Kanchan T , Blockhouse Bay Library
Kanchan T works as a library assistant at Auckland Libraries. She loves to read books that are uplifting and inspirational.