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Destiny Disrupted by Tamim Ansary
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Aug 13, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: will-read-again
Recommended for: Anyone interested in history, current events.
Read on August 01, 2012 , read count: 1

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For anyone who wants to know about the underpinnings of the current Middle East vs West conflict, this is a must-read. In fact, I plan to read it again, and follow up on certain strands of history discussed.

The book starts by warning you that it's not a scholarly history book, but a book that reads like a conversation you'd have over dinner with a friend. This is entirely true. Note that your friend is also an expert on the field. (Of course, if you already have a good, deep understanding of Islamic history then this is probably beneath you.)

While the book doesn't get too deeply into religion (and in fact, treats the subject secularly, though without disdain of any sort), it does thoroughly explain the underpinnings o the current Islamic struggle, not just with the west, but with itself.

This is up there with Mann's "1491: A History of the Americas Before Columbus" as a must-read for people who want more than just a European-centrist understanding of the world.

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