Carool Kersten

Helpful votes received on reviews: 93% (115 of 124)
In My Own Words:
I not only read books, but I have also tried to write them myself. White Lotus Press in Bangkok has published two of my books on history and travel in Southeast Asia: STRANGE EVENTS IN THE KINGDOMS OF CAMBODIA AND LAOS (2003); DR. MULLER'S ASIAN JOURNEY: THAILAND, CAMBODIA, VIETNAM AND YUNNAN (2005).


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A Fury for God: The Islamist Attack on America by Malise Ruthven
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Amidst all the paranoid, hysterical and bigoted writings that have flooded the market in the wake of 9/11 Malise Ruthven's "A Fury for God" is a beacon of restraint. Except for the somewhat overly dramatic first chapter this book is a serious attempt to trace the roots of the seeming incomprehensible fury unleashed against anything American in the late Summer of 2001.
Although, in his preface, he makes no claims to great originality, Ruthven's approach of the subject matter is refreshingly different from most other books, the vast majority of which run aground in superficial treatment and overly easy conclusions regarding the motivations of Muslim extremists. It is a bit of a pity that… Read more
The Crossing Place: Journey Among the Armenians by Philip Marsden
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Quest for Ararat, 26 Sep 2002
Philip Marsden clearly harbors a special interest in eastern Christian traditions, for they run like a red thread through his three travel books. In "A Far Country: Travels in Ethiopia" he visits this sole surviving Christian nation in the Horn of Africa, surrounded by Islamic countries. "The Spirit Wrestlers" explores a plethora of religious movement springing up in Russia, Ukraine and the Caucasus in the wake of the Societ Union's downfall..
In "The Crossing Place" Marsden sets out to investigate the tragic fate of the Armenians, an ancient Christian people from the Caucasus. This mountainous region tugged in between the Black and Caspian Seas lies on the crossroads of the old… Read more
The Clash of Fundamentalisms: Crusades, Jihads and&hellip by Tariq Ali
56 of 62 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dissecting the World, 20 Sep 2002
For those who want to understand how such seemingly disparate issues like the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Kashmir question, and the situation in Afghanistan fit together in the Post-Cold War world this latest book by Tariq Ali is almost mandatory reading.
This is surely a very personal account of world affairs, and in many instances the author is driven just as much by his own convictions as by a desire to explain. For this is not an unbiased analysis. But to be fair to the author, the iconoclastic Tariq Ali makes no attempt to hide this and would be the first to admit that he has his own political agenda.
Readers who do not share Ali's political ideology, and this reviewer… Read more