I know I didn't comprehend it all, but the one thing that I know for sure is Marquez uses great way of writing that keeps you enchanted to it! His sen...moreI know I didn't comprehend it all, but the one thing that I know for sure is Marquez uses great way of writing that keeps you enchanted to it! His sense of imaginary is good and the complicity of characters is also a point is his side... A good read!(less)
Unlike many other historians who tell the history in a page or so, William Polk, takes you through the Iraqi history in an interestingly and excitingl...moreUnlike many other historians who tell the history in a page or so, William Polk, takes you through the Iraqi history in an interestingly and excitingly approach! First he divides the book into substantial chapters: ancient Iraq, Islamic Iraq, British Iraq, Revolutionary Iraq, and American Iraq and he dedicated the last chapter to 'whose Iraq?' Indeed he opens the books with the people who inhabited the Mesopotamia and takes you all the way to civilizations, wars, coups, to modern Iraq. As you go in reading the book, you will see the connection between Iraq back in the 1920s, under the British occupation, and Iraq now, under the American occupation, and seemingly the American administration has not read the Iraqi history pretty well!
For those who wonder what's going on in Iraq now, I recommend this book to read. For those who want to excel the American and British greedy politics, I recommend this book. For those who want to know how Iraqi people think, I recommend this book!
In the first chapter he talks about Ubaidans and how they brought about to what was known as 'The Fertile Crescent' and how they developed the world's first agricultural society and how they brought about the more complex form of society among Arab and, later, non-Arab people. Also brings the notions of different invaders: Mongols, Ottomans and so forth. The second chapter is about the First World War, the Arab revolt, and the British mandate. By reading the lines of this chapter you get the sense of what was really going on. How British, Iraqis, the government and Arabs thought. The third chapter is the revolutionary Iraq: coups! The many coups Iraq had during the short period of time. From a monarchy to a republican government, Qasim, the Arif brothers, AlBakir and Saddam. He illustrates, in details, the Iraqi streets at that time – especially the evolving of pan-Arab parties and ideologies. The fourth is called The American Iraq: basically the period of 1990 up to 2005. 1990 because obviously, unfortunately, America was controlling Iraq and neighboring countries along with its allies – so Iraq wasn’t free, economically and politically. And then, he dedicates the last chapter to give his opinion on what is going on and what will happen in the future and talks about the pros and cons of the two choices that America has to make.
It's a comprehensive, thorough reference to Iraq. As he, himself, William Polk, lived in Baghdad 50 years ago, and went back and forth up till February, 2003, he knows exactly in details the secret dealings between Americans, the British and the Arab world. It’s a must read.(less)
Well, if I wanna write a review I need another one or two books to do so. The book is thorough, includes almost every single thing that happened durin...moreWell, if I wanna write a review I need another one or two books to do so. The book is thorough, includes almost every single thing that happened during the past thirty years. It also recorded historical events and stuff to back it up! Although Mr. Henry used fancy vocabs and various types of structures of sentences, but it was easy to understand, to learn a particular concept such as why some contries are using foreign policy as a reflect to their domestic policies...(less)
Suzie was murdered and she narrates her story from Heaven as she watches the livings on Earth.
A touching story about, love and lust to get into life,...moreSuzie was murdered and she narrates her story from Heaven as she watches the livings on Earth.
A touching story about, love and lust to get into life, a 13-year-girl who her science curiosity got her rapped and killed in a hole down in the Earth in the cornfield. She is telling the story of how she got murdered and also walking us through her life before and after the accident. How happy she was on Earth; how much she misses her family and friends; how much did she want to help the living by watching them from up above. Lots of people are taking life for granted - Suzie missed her life - she is not growing up, not getting older, not able to talk to her loved ones and actually nothing to do. She also conveys the message that when someone die, their spirit still floating around walking between the living trying to help or warn them - they simply cannot. And also life goes on - whether you dead or not, life will go on after you.
I personally enjoyed her descriptive way of writing. How she pictures every single detail, as if I'm there. What I didn't like about her story is that she is not talking about her killer that much like what he will do, will he kill again? The killer is one of the elements of they story, yet, the end doesn't include him that much.
Very good read. So informative, full with evidence and fairly unbiased.
Trita Parsi introduces the argument that Iran has a rational strategy that is/...moreVery good read. So informative, full with evidence and fairly unbiased.
Trita Parsi introduces the argument that Iran has a rational strategy that is/was consistent throughout the years of Shah, the revolution, and the current regime that it aspired domination and hegemony in the Middle East. That, in essence, collides with the very same aspiration of Israel, which fears the acquired, but before that the would-be, weaponization of any country - in the region - that contests Israel over the hegemony in the Middle East.
Whether the weaponization is militarily or conventional, Israel has to outgrow its immediate and far neighboring states militarily to secure itself and its interests in the region. This tells us that the whole issue between Israel and Iran is rather strategic, than ideological - and that's Parsi's argument.
The book is rich with references and numerous interviews conducted with a number of high rank Israeli, American and Iranian officials.(less)
I feel sleepy and not feel want to write. However, I found this review over the internet that was exactly what I wanted to say:
"Based on extraordinary...moreI feel sleepy and not feel want to write. However, I found this review over the internet that was exactly what I wanted to say:
"Based on extraordinary research and more than thirty years of professional experience as Professor of History and Founding Director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago, Dr. Polk has definitely produced an excellent read to educate us the intrinsic nuances of insurgency and the cost of occupancy through brilliant comparative analysis.
Dr. Polk compares a dozen or more insurgencies and guerrilla wars of the past three centuries ( from the American Revolution to struggles in Ireland to Algeria to Spain and finally to Afghanistan and Iraq), and concludes that they share a universal characteristic --opposition to foreign rulers.
The conclusion of Polk's study is scary.
He lays out the enormous human and financial costs of trying to impose a foreign solution on people who do not want to be controlled by outsiders. It's just devastating when you look at the Iraq numbers alone. The monetary costs of running the Iraq war is $10 million an hour - and rising more than 20% a year. What about the precious lives?
Dr. Polk's historical knowledge of this subject makes him probably the best person on this planet to advice our future policy makers on starting a war (if they are willing to listen.)
"Violent Politics" is a must read, not only for those who make the decisions, but also for those who vote for them."
Two books in one! Her way of writing it is interestingly beautiful.. So intense that you just want to turn on pages to know what will happen! Suberaca...moreTwo books in one! Her way of writing it is interestingly beautiful.. So intense that you just want to turn on pages to know what will happen! Suberacaseaux is telling a story of a husband that is reading his wife's journal. As he reads, he finds new things that he didn't know before about his wife. His wife, Clara, a dying woman of cancer, is submerged with the sense of hopelessness that her writings didn't make sense to her husband, Clemante. She was depressed, frustrated, and yet, a person who after many years if marry doesn't really know what she feels about her Clemante. An interesting story.. A new of a kind and A MUST READ!(less)