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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing; Reprint edition (28 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780576641
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780576640
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 280,841 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A fascinating, compelling book. Revealing and well informed" (The Independent)

"This book, which has been internationally well received, allows a rare and unique insight into an obscure and mysterious land" (Evening Standard)

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A rare insight into the real-life drama and intrigue of an Arab State

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Anne on 26 Dec. 2002
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I found this book absolutely fascinating having lived in Oman for five years 90 to 96 and wish I had been able to read this book while I was there, it would have made me more aware of the general political situation. Anyone who has lived in Oman or is thinking of doing so would enjoy this book. Its generally an easy read, though the points are a little labored. I have no way of judging its accuracy or if the interpretation of events are correct but many of the areas discussed I had heard rumors of, which was interesting in its self.
I have recommended it to several friends.
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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Sept. 2002
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Oman' by John Beasant, claims to be `The True Life Drama And Intrigue Of An Arab State.' Having now waded through the rather turgid prose and potted history lessons I can only comment that there is precious little drama in the book, and the intrigue can be summed up as Middle East-Enders. You can almost hear the book talking in capital letters, punctuated with exclamation marks. In fact the book is liberally littered with the latter form of punctuation, which certainly caused this reviewer intense annoyance after a while. The core problem of the book is that it does not grip the reader's attention and is lamentably short on solid, verifiable facts. It relies on endless anecdotes of un-named senior Omani and British officials, ministers, members of the armed forces and so forth to tell its story. Regrettably, a wealth of anonymity does not lead to a wealth of credibility. No doubt the argument could be made that this anonymity is essential for personal security, but it also leaves the nasty suspicion that anything could be written and accredited to an anonymous senior member of the Royal Family or equally useful source which might offer collateral to the frankly dubious analysis that the book contains. The underlying premise of 'Oman' appears to be how Oman has suffered by the underhand and self-serving actions of a number of Britons who have become seriously rich post 1970 and the Sultan's accession to the throne. However, only 2 are analysed in any detail, and although are of some interest, do not justify the claim for Drama and Intrigue. Sorry about the capitals. Reading this book has tainted me. There are always people who make profits in the shadows. So what?Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. de Gersigny on 19 Mar. 2008
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I came across this book after I had spent 5 years in Oman, 2000 to 2004, and I enjoyed it immensely. The country had left me with a warm pack of memories and the book fed these sentiments. I was left believing the authors account of events as these being consistent with my own experience of the graciousness of the people and the rumours and stories which abound in Oman. A definite read for anyone who has lived in Oman or who may visit the country.
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