Any title that contains the word “Jihad” is bound to capture attention. Hopefully, it won’t also scare off readers, because there’s much to be learned in this book. To calm everyone’s nerves – this Jihad has nothing to do with terrorist atrocities. It is a serious look at the potential collapse and destruction of the world economy as we know it.
The author has an intriguing personal history and African heritage which he interweaves with the serious and insightful observations he makes about what he feels lies ahead in our world if we do nothing to stop it.
There are a few “warm and fuzzy”, motivational quotes, such as “We ask ourselves ‘who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God”, or, “Do not look where you fell, but where you slipped.”
But readers won’t get a chance to feel too cozy, because also included in far greater frequency, are observations such as “Nairobi has passed an ordinance criminalizing poverty instead of raging a war against inequality.” He reveals hard facts and thought-provoking insight into what he calls the “brutal economic system” known as Capitalism.
Sekimonyo’s goal is to expose injustice, irrational thinking and anything else he feels can bring down the economy, mincing no words along the way.
He looks deeply at poverty in obvious places such as Africa, Ethiopia, Haiti, El Salvador, and India but his major focus is on the United States. He exposes eye-opening facts such as the one concerning the U.S. Congress, which “came together to bail out banks and insurance companies, while in 2013 also slashed billions of dollars from the food stamp program. He takes on villains such as Saddam Hussein and Muammar al Gaddafi, but also Bill Gates, Alexander Graham Bell, Albert Einstein and (gasp!) Pope Francis.
Cast Away may not solve the world’s economic problems, but the author’s hard-hitting, raw writing style, and massive experience and research, is sure to wake up complacent readers and perhaps jump-start them into action.