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A Savage War of Peace by Alistair Horne
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May 30, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: non-fic-chapter, social-reform
Read in September, 1997

This seminal work on the Algerian war of independence has many lessons to teach us today. Why people need and will choose self-determination, why torture even when it gives you short-term results will backfire both for the mission and what it will introduce into your own society. The capacity of self-interest to turn even "civilized people" savage.
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