One of the most significant books of the past decade is Jytte Klausen's The Cartoons That Shook The World.

My copy bears a review from Baroness Kishwer Falkner, a member of Britain's House of Lords. "This tells a story that has to be told," says the Baroness, and she's right, for it describes the murderous Islamic fury that erupted in 2006 following publication in Denmark of 12 cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad.

More significant still, however, is that the book contains none of the cartoons (although it does feature other illustrations). Its publishers, Yale University Press, were simply too frightened.

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