As part of our Best Books of 2012 coverage, our editors weigh in on some of their personal favorites from the list.

In 1989, Ayatollah Khomeini called for Salman Rushdie’s death for his “blasphemous” novel The Satanic Verses, a move which not only forced Rushdie into hiding for over a decade, but also stirred vigorous debate over the unconditional right of free speech. The vast span of this memoir chronicles years of flight, the paths taken toward writing The Satanic Verses—and every juicy opinion Rushdie kept bottled up until now.

BookPage's author page for Salman Rushdie.

Read our 'What we're reading Wednesday' blog post on Joseph Anton.

View our complete Best Books of 2012 list.

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