Waiting for the Barbarians by Richard Dawkins is one of his many popular books, and it is also one of his more controversial books. In this book Dawkins takes aim at religion, and especially the Abrahamic religions (the Abrahamic faiths that have been handed down through the centuries from Judaism to Islam, Christianity to Hinduism), which he claims are too exclusive and too closed to the world to allow everyone access to the truth. The arguments are mostly well argued, and Dawkins clearly states why he believes religion has its problems, but he also points out that religion has been a part of human history for over ten thousand years.
One of Dawkins' main arguments in this book is that religion is too exclusive, and so people get very attached to their religious beliefs that they cannot really move on until their god comes back. This makes them feel like they are isolated from the rest of the world. Dawkins also takes aim at the fact that religion is basically a tribal system. It is based on the idea that there are people who are more "special" than others.
Dawkins goes on to point out some of the bad effects of religion, such as child abuse, terrorism and war, and he makes a compelling case against the idea that religion is the key to all this. He also makes an interesting point about the way religion is used to justify power, and he points out how some religions justify the use of violence against people because of their beliefs.
Dawkins is also extremely popular with young readers, who can relate to his arguments, and he often addresses many aspects of life that most people don't talk about, such as sex and relationships. He points out the hypocrisy of many religions, for example the fact that many Muslims will not marry a non-Muslim woman, and that they have very strict rules about the dress of women. These issues can be extremely distressing to many young people.
Overall, waiting for the Barbarians is an excellent book, that take a fairly dry topic and make it into something very interesting, and it is very accessible to both adults and children. I especially like that Dawkins' book is available on audio, as it makes it much easier to listen to when you're stuck in traffic or at work. The book's audio version also has many more bonus features, such as a quiz and a glossary of definitions, which makes the book even more useful to those who would rather do without a dictionary.
If you want a quick read that doesn't have you running away crying from the book, then I recommend Waiting for the Barbarians. by Richard Dawkins. is a great read and one that should not be missed by anyone, whether you're a religious person or not.