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Carbon Grey Volume 1: Sisters at War TP
Carbon Grey Volume 1: Sisters at War TP
by Khari Evans
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent.Graphic novel at its best., 12 Oct 2014
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One of the advantages of browsing through Amazon is that you do chance upon gems of one sort or another.
So for one following the ‘Recommend’ I chanced upon this volume and thank you for everyone in the on Amazon UK & Amazon US who posted a review for leading to this book.

Firstly all I can add to the comments on the artwork is my own enthusiasm for some exceptional work; the depth of detail and the texture of colour add a wonderful atmosphere to complement the narrative..

The tale is set in something of a steampunk era of conflict with echoes of World War I, although with themes of magic, legend and mysticism running through.
The central characters are four known as The Grey Sisters portrayed as young women who have as ones before them protected their land, but now forces from both outside and within are threatening the stability and each most do as they see fit, although not always in concert.

The tale itself is a complex one, with well-fleshed out supporting characters, who sometimes hold centre stage for a number of panels. This requires a slow methodical read to pick up on the interactions and nuances, either that or if like me you lack that sort of patience there is much value in several re-reads. In fact such in the detail of both art and plot you can re-visit this book several times and still find something new.
And there is also a summary on the last page which is unsettlingly written in a child’s hand and style.

There is much violence and gore on display, which because of both art and narrative fits into the atmosphere on what promises to be a thrilling but maybe doom-ridden journey. (I understand this is Vol.1 of Three).

Recommended but in view of the imagery not for the younger reader

All New X-Men Vol. 5: One Down
All New X-Men Vol. 5: One Down
by Brian Michael Bendis
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.04

3.0 out of 5 stars Treadin' Water (or Marking Time-depends if you're in a pun mode), 4 Oct 2014
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So far the All New X-Men series has not missed a beat. There's been the confusion of arrival, the confrontation with Mystique's group, Scott and his band turning up; the cross-over event with ethics and the future writ large, those repellent Purifiers, and the pompous fanatics the Shi'ra trying to once more assail A Jean Grey. So aside from the troubling and potential explosive fact that everyone apart from Bobby Drake had a `thing for Jean Grey back in the old days, and Professor Xavier is still sitting in his garden reading (which I suppose is legit with a time-travel tale) all was going well and I eagerly awaited the next volume.
And knew somewhere deep in my heart and wallet that it could not last.
Hello Reality.

By now we know that Present Day Hank brought the Young X-Men to his Present and now that everything has become complex does not know what to do with them. The same problem seems to have happened to the team producing this arc.
It starts off interestingly enough; on a dark and strmy night Hank lies awake, visited by a mysterious stranger who is critical of Hank's actions. There follows a very clever pastiche of various styles of comics and cartoon strips indicating possible futures good and bad resulting from Hank's actions. That's very good. Then the identity of the stranger is revealed, and they speak, and that's where it all goes wrong. No spoilers but considering this is an established character of many, many years and a certain approach it just jars; suffice it to say it is as apt as The Joker turning up, and seriously lecturing Hank about having civic responsibility and a more sober approach to things.(Unless of course this is something to do with other events in the 616 Marvelverse and is all a cunning plan by Marvel to make us buy more Marvel TPB to get The Big Picture...No, surely not!)

Still we had a good premise there, was Hank going to try and repair the damage? Would Kitty Pryde's presence in Scott's team cause explosive tensions? What about Scott's new mutants and the Old New X-men? Such potential!
No, The Brother as met in the Battle of The Atom come back for a second try. Oh joy. I know it's a paradox in a time travel story, but it's far too soon.
There is some potential in the back stories with `Young Xavier' and `Raze', but this is wasted as the relative narrative is too fragmented and short of explanations, but apart from that it's the same old same old. Up pop the Brotherhood, they look unstoppable but our heroes having spent most of the issue being kicked about the place, or lectured at by Young Xavier in a single bound foil the dastardly act There's a sort of useful twist with Time, but again it's not well thought through, because followed through to its logical conclusion would result in a loop with endless issues.
RANT WARNING: (and some spoilers)
Annndd Marvel you've done it again. Villains mind controlling heroes! Can you not go just one month, one month is all I ask where this stale, shoddy ploy is not used. If it is so easy how come heroes don't use it on major evil players? Here we have a severe use of `It's not me, Xavier is controlling me'
And at one point in a battle if it had not been for some spectacular imagery by Stuart Immonen the volume could well have gone out the window. (Heroes hitting heroes again!!Please, someone in Marvel Editorial make it stop!)
The tragedy being that at one part of the arc this would have been relevant, but because of Marvel's writers obsession with fitting mind-control into plots it just falls flat.

This would have been two-stared but for Immonen's art which I am starting to understand and appreciate (my flaw not his), and the sprinkling of interesting little episodes such as Old Scott trying to engage (in the proper sense) with Young Jean, Young Jean having `feelings' for him and Kitty Pryde's angry response to Scott.
Thus, there's nothing much to add to the continuity of the All New X-Men, if you are short of funds you might want to give this one a miss, and look out for the next volume. This certainly does not add much; in fact I'd venture to suggest it should not be mentioned again in later issues.
Pity really...

Point Blank TP New Ed
Point Blank TP New Ed
by Ed Brubaker
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.59

5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling and Breath-taking blend of Action SF, Noir and Le Carre, 1 Oct 2014
This review is from: Point Blank TP New Ed (Paperback)
Prelude to the Sleeper series, this is a stark and uncompromising introduction to a modern world with a disturbing unfamiliarity.
It is the time with post-humans, augmented by chemical or cybernetic means or even created. Some have become costumed heroes or villains, although they hardly matter in the narrative as if they are but of passing interest in the urban landscape.
Of greater importance are those who keep their powers beneath the veneer of civilian garb and work with the complex uncertain places of covert work for governments, companies or organisations intent on gaining or wresting power.

The central character Cole Cash is semi-retired from his Black-Ops life, when approached by his ex-boss Lynch to help him carry out a mission, the true purpose of which he never reveals to Cash. When Lynch is gunned down, Cash sets himself the task of uncovering just what has been taking place and who Lynch was truly hunting.

Cash’s bleak urban journey is peopled with characters from his past with their own agendas and secrets. You’ll be pleased to know that the old phrase ‘Nothing Is What It Seems’ runs deep and strong through the tale, it seems at times for every answer he uncovers two new questions take its place.

The art is striking, grim hard faced people set in shadows and squalid urban corners, each panel heavy with detail adding to the atmosphere.
The narrative is not a quick read, to get the full flavour and keep up with the plot requires slow and careful, not skipping even one word, lest you miss something.
Each compliments the other producing a powerful piece of work, Graphic Novel at its best.

Although billed as a prelude, the book works very much as a standalone.

There are many facets which deserve further mention but to do that would release spoilers and to do that in this case would be a crime.

Highly recommended

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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Rendition of a Classic Comic Work, 29 Sep 2014
This review is from: THREE MEN IN A BOAT (Audio CD)
Martin Jarvis has made the narration of the Richmal Crompton’s William books all his own, and I have several CDs of these.
To find out that he also narrated an unabridged version of this foremost of humorous works was something which became high on my priorities.

Jarvis has not disappointed.

If you are familiar with the book, then you will be delighted with Jarvis’ style. Not only does he produce distinct and textured versions of the ‘J’, George, Harris and Montmorency (the dog) but brings to life to those encountered by the hapless trio (and the dog).

In addition his nuanced narration employing pauses, and emphasis fortify the comedy of the book.

It must be mentioned if you are not familiar with this work, there are reflective, illustrative and poignant interludes which in Jerome was a master, to these Jarvis employs delivery worthy of themes and atmospheres invoked in Jerome’s writings.

Overall a treat for those devoted to this book, and followers of audio books.

Probably not best to be listen to while driving, the laughter this can invoke could be inconvenient when approaching complex junctions or unfamiliar routes

Seven Days Battles: Lee's Defense of Richmond (Osprey Campaign)
Seven Days Battles: Lee's Defense of Richmond (Osprey Campaign)
by Angus Konstam
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Compact Introduction with a Wealth of Information, 26 Sep 2014
The events which initially took place close to the Confederate Capital of Richmond in late June and early July 1862 signalled the arrival of Robert E Lee as a formidable bold operational commander and highlighted the underlying reluctance of Union General George McClellan to act likewise. Between 25th June and 1st July three major battles were fought which arguably ensured this would be a longer and more costly war than anyone had imagined.
Whereas any historical account will have its supporters and detractors for many reasons, this addition to the Campaign series, once more shows Osprey's strengths.
There are several maps, either showing the overall changing strategic and operational position or in three cases `table top' representations of the important actions. In each instance the maps are supported by a wealth of notes without cluttering up the overall image.
To give a sense of the period and events there are many contemporary photographs, illustrations including battlefield sketches
Stephen Walsh's double page illustrations of scenes from each of the three major are exceptional for their portrayal of small numbers of individuals at a given instant, each one complimented by a miniaturised black and white picture with notes explaining pertinent aspects.
There are summaries of the overall position, brief biographies of the relevant senior officers and chronological records add to depth of supplementary information.
The accounts are precise and informative, highlighting some of the most salient points; the weakness of Confederate Staff work, McClellan's obsessions with numbers, Jackson's uncharacteristic lethargy, Lee's willingness to take casualties to achieve victory, but above all the determination of the soldiers on the ground to give of their best.
It is possible that there will be those who will feel the accounts of the fighting will not be as they envisage them, but this would not detract from the trademark of Osprey as summaries and introductions.
In conclusion there are additional items such as photos and observation of the battlefield, `today', circa 2000-2003, reference to the aftermath and an order of whereas does not show regimental strengths does indicate the title units involved.
Angus has done a good job in conveying the wealth of information during this formative period.
This is highly recommended for those looking for introductory information, or having purchased one of the more detailed works, need a handy reference to supplement.

Just as a footnote the Osprey book on the previous campaign of early JuneFair Oaks 1862: McClellan's Peninsula Campaign (Osprey Campaign) would be a useful addition for the build up.

X-Force Volume 1: Dirty Tricks
X-Force Volume 1: Dirty Tricks
by Simon Spurrier
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.44

4.0 out of 5 stars Promising start. Highlights and Strong Story Line Outweigh low point, 19 Sep 2014
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I was very much a fan of the previous Cable and X-force arc which came to an end with Vendetta in a flurry of a cross over with the Uncanny X-force The Great corruption. So there is something of a logic that the new X-force comprises Cable, Psylocke & Fantomex but with the introduction of the long missing and depowered Marrow. Where Colossus, Domino, Forge and Boom-Boom have gone remains, as they say, to be seen.

Whereas Cable & X-force had very much a rebels-but-doing-good feel, this is back to the Wolverine lead teams style with grim themes and serious folk, albeit it peppered with sardonic and in the case of Marrow quite off-the-wall humour; to begin with that is.

The arc commences in the aftermath of an explosion which killed some 3,000 experts at a conference, which personally struck me as a bit excessive even by recent Marvel apocalyptic standards. Cable is now very much in the frame of mind of his father Scott Summers, in that this will be blamed on mutants and he's all for mutants and not the world now, so find out who is the cause and try and save more mutants.

In addition we have another plot regarding the favourite survivor Hope, no more on that, therein lie spoilers.

The story separates into two themes, half is full of action, Marrow acting and sounding cheerfully but deadly insane, Fantomex being ridiculously French, Psylocke being irritated by both of them and Cable, being Cable, also Dr Nemesis is there from time to time to provide another layer of deadpan humour. Some a bit of macabre romp, with a body count.
The next part moves into a more sombre mood with various team members' back stories and current demons coming into the narrative. Fantomex even have a conversation with a manifestation of his craft E.V.A. This part is mostly a good read, with a lot of pain being shown with a number of twists and turns which will catch the reader off balance, although when the shifts come you will recall the clues were actually there at the onset.

Once more though Marvel...Pity about the villain.
*Rant warning*....
Marvel seemed to have proliferated four dire sorts of villains in recent years.
Firstly there is the pantomime style one in robes and ham speeches such as Anti-Priest in the otherwise excellent John Hickman's FF run.
Secondly we have the annoying twerp who is given a ridiculously easy run against some powerful heroes to suit a bad plot....Arcade being the primary candidate.
Thirdly the semi-monthly event of a mind or body-control of a hero
AND fourthly the supremely unoriginal cardboard cut out product of the Manipulative Corporate Bore Box. These are super-rich commercial crooks, they buy governments, they never stop smiling, their dialogue is out of Cliché-Central and they appear out of nowhere. Sadly here we have one `fine' example in a guy called `Volga' (guess where he comes from-guess how he speaks-and be thankful he doesn't say `In Old Russia We Have A Saying....'). And oh he managed to get his hands on some suitable super-powers.

Having got that out of my system the book itself promises much for the future in way we are left hanging on the end as to who is who and what??? And also in the potential wealth of sub-plots that can come out of the personal challenges to the team members.

Survivor [DVD]
Survivor [DVD]
Dvd ~ Danielle Chuchran
Price: £9.40

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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Undemanding Sci-Fi action adventure., 14 Sep 2014
This review is from: Survivor [DVD] (DVD)
Survivor will not win any Oscars. That is not really the point, this film is uncomplicated entertainment on a small budget and in that there is no crime.

As befits many a bit of Sci-Fi entertainment the science basis is very suspect; the Earth `fell' out of its orbit around the Sun (no kidding?) and to try and sort this out Humanity swiftly built a lot of particle accelerators (as you do) for energy I guess and they went wrong, so the Earth was in a worse mess (than falling out of the Sun's Orbit?-really), so they manage to knock together seven cool ships to boldly go and seek out habitable worlds.
So having got that bit of voice-over out of the way we move onto the main part of the film.

Kate was born on the ship and is driven to see its mission fulfilled. Mentored by wise Captain (Kevin Sobor) to be patient, she an't and manages to find a wormhole which leads to a habitable planet.
As befits all good SF films the most senior officer in command and all leaves that important post behind and takes a crew, in this case of young photogenic volunteers on a scout craft. And makes a mess of the landing.
(Nice going captain!!)

Kate is the one survivor who keeps her head, and immediately comes to grip with hostile Mad-Max style tribals in gas respirators, big nasty snarly anthropoids and a tough landscape. The plot is thus her trying to find other survivors, including The Captain and stay alive, while hoping for rescue.

This is conducted in a colourful and striking Utah landscape which affords for lots of shots wastelands, long shots of spectacular landscapes and steep cliffs. Most of the time the film relies on Danielle Chuchran (playing Kate) to hold the narrative together in a number of set pieces short of dialogue but with much action; on which she does a good job, conveying Kate with a vicious no-holds barred streak as befits the title of the film. Although there sketchy outlines of tribal characters and crew survivors, it's mostly about Kate, with Kevin Sobor being good at what he does best, noble and heroic (even if he does crash the scout ship)

Thus the film moves along at a credible pace with stirring orchestral heroic theme music to its not too surprising conclusion. A group of SF film fans could have fun scrapping throughout as to which of the three most likely `twists' are going happen, since the twist concept is telegraphed fairly early on. They can also enjoy picking up on the various other SF references there are, one stands out so much as to positively scream at the viewer.

Now to repeat this is entertainment pure and simple, don't look for profound messages about the nature of Life, The Universe and Everything, do not expect amazing CGI panoramas or spectacular sets. We have the hero, who in fine tradition despite wounds and fatigue still keeps up a goodly pace. We have the challenge. We have the thrills and threats. We have an ending which will not be a surprise.

Basically, if you like 90mins harmless undemanding action shot on that cheap budget then this is recommended.

Just one spoiler, or warning for the lads, Kate does not feel the inexplicable urge to feel safer in skimpy clothe and remains fully and sensibly clothed throughout...hoorah for logic.

The Spanish American revolutions 1808-1826
The Spanish American revolutions 1808-1826
by John Lynch
Edition: Hardcover

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5.0 out of 5 stars Valuable work on an important but not widely familiar era to UK Readers, 30 Aug 2014
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My interests and knowledge of 19th Century history tended to the European and United States, having a feeling that my idea of history of South America being that Simon Bolivar appeared somewhere and urged the peasants to rise up and throw off the Spanish ruling classes might be lacking I was drawn to this book covering those revolutionary years and clear up my questionable version.
Very glad I made the choice.

This book, a work of the 1970s is both clear and brings a wealth of back ground detail. In addition to the narrative there are:

A list of Principal Personages,
Which whereas an interesting read in itself, is also vital to the newcomer to refer back as the information supplied in the narrative is quite formidable.

Glossary of Spanish Terms.
Important for the same reasons as in the Personages but also a valuable insight into the complexities of the various societies at work in that era.

Also a section entitled Bibliographical Essay.
This covers the source work and although naturally not containing works of the last 40 years, is worth a visit for those who might wish to consider the subject in more detail.

The book itself commences with the origins of Spanish American Nationality explaining the rise of the Crillo or Creole, being those of Spanish descent but born in America (incidentally the author is precise in this usage: we have got used to Americans as citizens of the USA; this is not subscribed to in South America, even today). As the hold of the Spanish mainland weakened over the centuries, a certain independence grew. When, the 19th Century Spain tried to re-assert control, coupled with growing social and economic pressures tensions grew.
The movers though as the author explains were generally the native elite wishing to hold onto their vested interests; at some stages in this build up the Spanish throne seems to be the more enlightened of the protagonists in its views on slavery and race.

The author navigates the reader carefully through the initial bed of revolt in the Rio de la Plata, an area which covers basically modern Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay. Despite the large numbers of personalities, factions and social grouping he accomplishes in a style which makes the read interesting and absorbing rather than an exercise in trying to remember Who, What Why and When. When you bear in mind that no sooner had Rio de la Plata achieved a form of independence then it had revolutions in Paraguay and Uruguay, and of course royalist forces ever present. Also the ill-advised military but more successful commercial involvement of the British State.

There follow chapters on Chile, Peru, Venezuela, Colombia and Mexico, each one highlighting the local social, political and geographical conditions which gave each its own unique revolution, though into these are woven the fabric of the whole era of upheaval and the impacts or resonances of events in neighbouring states.

Overall then John Lynch produced a work which managed to cover all aspects of the events between 1808-1826 which set in motion the states of South America. It should be stressed for the military inclined reader that although battles and armies are mentioned, the information on these are scant as this is a social political history, rather than a military one.

This book maybe 40 years old at the time of this review, but it is still a fresh read and ideal starting point for someone embarking on a study of this region and in particular this era.

Highly recommended.

Supergirl Volume 4 TP (The New 52)
Supergirl Volume 4 TP (The New 52)
by Michael Alan Nelson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.68

5.0 out of 5 stars Kara-El's Trials and Tribulations Continue- Superbly told., 10 Aug 2014
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The one advantage of taking up a story line at its re-launch is you don't have to worry about if you need to invest in a shelf's worth of other volumes to get the full flavour of the volume you are reading. The new Kara-El (Supergirl) Saga promised much with Supergirl Volume 1: The Last Daughter of Krypton TP (Supergirl (DC Comics)) and the still the pace has not slackened in this volume.

Ever since Kara-El has arrived on Earth she has been shot at, experimented on, hit by both bad people and good characters, and been betrayed. Small wonder then she has an attitude and a short fuse.

This volume takes up from Supergirl Volume 3: Sanctuary TP (The New 52) (Supergirl (DC Comics)), poisoned by Kryptonite and tired of the what Earth has to offer Kara-El is fleeing on a very advanced vehicle, to where...she's not too sure, only to encounter a place known as I'noxia. This is not so much a world as a creation, recording and saving parts of doomed civilisations. From the onset it is made known to the reader there are schemes a'foot.
Trying to avoid spoilers the plot is a mutli-layered one, involving a battle for possession of Supergirl, by a cyborg version of Superman, Brainiac and I'noxia itself, all interwoven with a another of those relevant back-story concerning Kara-El's family in the time surrounding the destruction of Krypton. The struggle lurches one way and another with alliances and rebellions all packed into the volume with no space wasted either in narrative or artwork.
The portrayal as Kara-El still desperately trying to find some stability is poignantly portrayed, and the artwork either displaying emotions or action is flawless.
Although still cast as, and speaking in much the teenage manner the character is developing into a fiery, tough and often very fearsome individual as she deals with more deceit, half-truths and illusions.
There is a very good twist in this one, but I am not saying any more about it. You might see it coming. Maybe not.

This tale covers issues #21-25 of Supergirl, but as with 'Sanctuary' DC slip in events from another arc; this one being Superman: Krypton Returns (the New 52) and involves Superman, Superboy and Supergirl; the volume is due to be released in January (I think), so these two tales are tasters. The artwork is very good; for want of a better phrase `the excerpts' - Superman #25 & Action Comics #23.1 are entertaining, though not having sight of the full take it's difficult to judge. An `He'l' is back; there's time-travel and visits to Krypton, also separate missions for various heroes. If this is anything to judge then Supergirl is truly turning out to be a Warrior and no mistake. The arc shows promise (even if one of the lesser characters look as if he's cosplaying Marvel's Darken).
It has to be said though both DC and Marvel seem to be going through a trend of luring readers into buying separate volumes containing the same issue(s) of the monthly mags and thus having us part with cash twice over. Not quite `playing the game' there is it?

Anyway, if you have been following the re-launch this volume is recommended for the continuity and breadth of its main story line.

One PS, has to be said not just for this hero but other female characters; DC, please get the girl a pair of trousers; I wouldn't let my granddaughter run around dressed like that fighting villains and suchwhich- the younger male readers will just have to use their imaginations.

Israel Since the Six-Day War
Israel Since the Six-Day War
by Leslie Stein
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £22.50

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Complex and Controversial Subject Compiled In A Lucid Format, 2 Aug 2014
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This book completes a trilogy chartering Israel from an idea and hope (The Hope Fulfilled: The Rise of Modern Israel (Praeger Series on Jewish and Israeli Studies)) through its early years (The Making of Modern Israel: 1948-1967) and then in this volume in Israel's most debated and divisive era.

The author has a difficult task to present a clear and concise account without seeming to be provider of excuses for Israel's actions over the past 45+ years. It is thus also difficult to review particularly when this book's release is contemporaneous with the appalling loss of innocent lives in Gaza. How did a democratic state founded on the ideals of a minority persecuted over millennia reach this pariah situation?

Firstly if this is the first encounter with Leslie Stein's trilogy, then it needs to be borne in mind that some of the topics encountered will probably have been dealt with in more depth in the preceding volumes. Though thanks to Stein's style this does not detract from the work. (This was my experience).

Stein does catalogue the double standard of the diplomacy, in which Israel's outrages against civilians are correctly commended, but the world was not so quick to condemn those of the Arab nations inflicted on their own populations (or Palestinians for that matter) and he does list the record the attacks on Israeli civilians. However he does not portray Israel as simply the innocent simply trying to defend itself.
His ire against such fundamentalist groups such as Gush Emunim and their like is more impressive in its restrained academically framed contempt. Likewise he is highly critical of the soft approach the justice system gives to their activities His catalogue of the tangles which result from the complexity of the Israeli political system and the influence which it allows extremists to bear is incisive

Historically the work is most enlightening. For example in my youth I perceived Israel as a tough well organised small state; the author's account of the complacency prior to the Yom Kippur war, the subsequent follies, confusions and panics suggest the notion that the war was not so much won by Israel as lost by the Arab coalition. Incidentally the average Arab solider and their operational and tactical commanders are portrayed as tough, courageous and determined.
On the question of the military aspect of this book although conflict is a constant the author does not dwell in great detail on the operational and tactical workings of battles, so if you were looking for this sort of detail you would need to seek out more military orientated works.
However his overviews of the conflicts are complete and informative again highlighting the strength of his style as being easy to read.

Nor does he shy away from the lack of Israel's control of and ultimately responsibility for the Christian Phalangist militia in their genocidal activities during the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in the 1980s

The chapters which deal with the internal problems faced by most nations, such as the economy, the changes in social values and political scandals are covered in equal depth, though often against the backdrop of the constant question of conflict. There are specific sections detailing Israeli Arabs as well as Ethiopian and Russian Jews, balancing the critical with the objective.

His approach then is a balanced one, considering he has taken on the task of writing from the perspective of Israel. Having an interest in history in general I felt saddened and exasperated that yet another people with a long history of suffering persecution and libel have found themselves still in that position, but this time in part by their own actions.

This book is recommended for those with an interest either casually or professionally, and would be a valuable addition to any collection of works on all the peoples and nations of that most troubled of regions The Middle East.

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