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Kill Khalid by Paul McGeough
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This is a really excellent tale of both the life of Khalid Mishal (current head of the party) and the evolution of Palestinian political identity/Hamas. I found it very insightful, and without the baggage of a particular point of view (yet it didn't ...more
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New News Out of Africa by Charlayne Hunter-Gault
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This little book attempts to convince the reader that despite the stereotypes, there is a lot of progress and good news coming out of Africa. However, although it does effectively convey that message, it is too brief and broad-brush to be that inform ...more
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Saviors and Survivors by Mahmood Mamdani
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This book would have gotten a lot higher rating from me than two stars if I had read just the first and last chapters. They are definitely worthwhile, maybe even "must reading." But the intervening chapters are way too tediously detailed for anyone w ...more
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The Wasted Vigil by Nadeem Aslam
The Wasted Vigil
by Nadeem Aslam
read in August, 2009
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This is a beautifully written novel about the tragedy that is modern Afghanistan. It's a novel, but truth oozes through very line. The harsh reality of "blowback" -- unintended consquences -- haunts you throughout this book as Aslam weaves the storie ...more
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A Country of Words by Abdel Bari Atwan
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This is an excellent memoir of a boy from the Gaza Strip who "made it big" -- he became editor of the first truly independent pan-Arab newspapers, willing to criticize both the dictators of the Middle East and the president of the United States. Havi ...more
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The Limits of Power by Andrew J. Bacevich
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The most valuable parts of this book are the first and last chapters. To me, the most important overall theme is that it is America's addiction to consumption that is at the heart of our militarism, as well as our expectation that other countries sho ...more
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The Thin Blue Line by Conor Foley
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Do good intentions always help the intended beneficiary? And our motives always pure? Those are two of the questions tackled by Foley. The final paragraph of the book sort of sums it up: "(Aid workers) might help individual people in a crisis zone, b ...more
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Traffic by Tom Vanderbilt
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This is a book in the same genre as Freakonomics, the Wisdoom of Crowds, Blink, etc. The author takes a seemingly mundane topic -- traffic -- and analyzes it every which way. There are all sorts of fascinating facts and insights, but sometimes there ...more
First They Killed My Father by Loung Ung
" Yes, I do hate that! I can think of one book in particular for which it became very distracting. I don't remember that with this book, though. I wonde ...more "
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