Award-winning journalist and scholar
Arab Center Washington DC
About the Book
America & Islam: Soundbites, Suicide Bombs and the Road to Donald Trump
Donald Trump’s attitudes toward Islam became a key point of contention on the campaign trail, and in power Trump has continued his war of divisive words and deeds. In this book, acclaimed journalist Lawrence Pintak scrutinizes America’s relationship with Islam since its foundation. Casting Donald Trump as a symptom of decades of misunderstanding and demonization of the Islamic world, as well as a cause of future tensions, Pintak shows how and why America’s relationship with the world’s largest religion has been so fractious, damaging, and self-defeating.
Lawrence Pintak is an award-winning journalist and scholar who has written about America’s complex relationship with Islam since 1980. Pintak is the author of America & Islam: Soundbites, Suicide Bombs and the Road to Donald Trump (Bloomsbury, May 2019) and five other books on the intersection of media, perception, and US policy toward the Muslim world. A former CBS News Middle East correspondent, he is a frequent contributor to publications such as Foreign Policy, The Daily Beast, Axios, and other media outlets. He holds a PhD in Islamic Studies from the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David.