Alexander Holland

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The Korean War: History in an Hour by Andrew Mulholland
The Korean War: History in an Hour by Andrew Mulholland
Andrew Mullholland has done a masterful job of condensing a complex and significant war, that many are less familair with in to so short a space. he is right to emphasise it's importance as a 'limited war' during the era of superpower clashes and the tensions that existsed around U.S. political control of an occasionally gun-ho military.

Even in such a short space Mullholland revealed new insights to me such as the implications for and by regional powers such as China and Japan as well as some of the extreme drama of the military conflict itself. His description of the military aspects of the war is the standout achievement of this book being done with the deft skill of someone… Read more
Changing Venezuela: The History and Policies of th&hellip by Gregory Wilpert
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Gregory Wilpert has managed a rare feat by writing a simultaneously comprehensive while concise book about the compelling contemporary situation in Venezuela.

The most striking aspect of this book is how informative it is with a plethora of sources. As well as this concentration of inormation is a convincing anlaysis which is clearly sympathetic with the process of change in Venezuela while remaining consistently critical.

In this respect it is far superior to the majority of Venezuela books out there which are often rich with personal anecodates of what the atmosphere of a barrio is like but much lighter on what is happening in more concrete terms. That it avoids… Read more
A People's History of the American Revolution: How&hellip by Ray Raphael
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
This book is fascinating in the number and diversity of it's sources and, as may be guessed by the title, is a social history. It provides good evidence for many of the neglected areas of the revolution such as the slaves, native Americans and women as well as the slightly sordid past of many of the 'great patriots' of the war.
However Ray Rapheal's historical analysis is not so good with it being totally American centric and showing very little understanding of many of the broader (i.e. extra American) issues involved.
Having said this it is not a pro-American polemic and is in its way very critical of the mythologised image that has been given of the revolution.
All in all… Read more