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Perilous Power: The Middle East and US Foreign Policy
Perilous Power: The Middle East and US Foreign Policy
by Gilbert Achcar
Edition: Hardcover

8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great even for the layman..., 2 Jan. 2008
Not being of the educated masses, i found this book to be an excellent over view of the various issues surrounding the Middle East and its impact on global events. Its very specific in key areas with excellent sources for further reading on particular issues.
Wether its Israel/Palestine, US relations with the Saudi Kingdom or Iraq/Afghanistan..its all here and only on a few occassions did i find it hard going..overall an excellent book.


Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower
Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower
by William Blum
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.23

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The book to start you off...., 2 Jan. 2008
As previously mentioned this book is absoloutely perfect for those just beginning on the path of truth. I have been a fan of Blum et Al for some years now and this baby is the easy read, brief synopsis of many countries which will ultimately give you an idea wether you want to continue down this path. The masses need to be drip fed this stuff so i often buy this book as a present for those who i think will want to go down this route. If your advanced then it does make a good quick reference book but for others it really can open up the "can of worms" that is todays politics!
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Confessions of an Economic Hit Man: The shocking story of how America really took over the world
Confessions of an Economic Hit Man: The shocking story of how America really took over the world
by John Perkins
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Confession it is...., 2 Jan. 2008
An integral part of foreign policy is obviously economic ambition.
So, i figured this book may give a reasonable insight coming from the horses mouth, however, it is just that..reasonable and no more. It lacked indepth, specific details (there may well be good reasons for this) and seems to merely touch the surface. Far too much emphasis on Perkins` guilt although he always seemed to manage to deal with it for a few more years! People reading this really wont care too much with his personal struggle but then to be fair to Perkins..it is in the title!
Its a good first book which is easy to read and can help to assist being far more critical when reading other material.
I would recommend this but dont expect too much, and if you well advanced in the economic chess game of the world i`d give it a miss.


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