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The Rise, Corruption and Coming Fall of the House &hellip by Said K. Aburish
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Firstly a quick warning, this book was written in 1994 and re-printed in 2005, with only a minor preface detailing the events of the last decade. This book lacks any analysis of the W Bush administrations policies in the Middle East or of the Clinton administrations relations with the House of Saud. An additional chapter detailing the House of Sauds reaction and involvement in the second Iraq war would have been welcome. That said this book is still relevant, given the importance of Saudi Arabia and the House of Saud as the worlds largest exporter of crude oil.

I have read a great deal about the Middle East post-1919 having studied it at University. A lot of books on this subject… Read more
Genghis Khan by John Man
Genghis Khan by John Man
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Genghis Khan is an unknown to most in the west, his name only synonymous with death and destruction. John Mann's book gives a stunning insight into the life and conquests of the nomadic conquer. Genghis was not just a butcher but a leader who in the course of his life time created an empire that spanned from Eastern Europe to China, a feat even more amazing given that it was accomplished on horse back. The narrative of the book is spliced with Mann's own visits to the Mongolian steppes, a landscape that has remained constant for hundreds of years. This is not just a book for those interested in military history, although there is plenty here for them as well. It's a journey over an area of… Read more
Rubicon: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Roman Repu&hellip by Tom Holland
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
My interest in Rome was recently awoken by a trip around the great city it's self and realisation that I new relatively little about such a huge period in human history. For those of us who attended school in the 1990s, and whose history classes mainly focused on Hitler or the feelings of the English peasantry under the Tudors, then this is a great introduction to the magnificence of the ancient republic. Starting with the founding of the city of Rome under Romulus to the death of the mighty Augustus Caesar, this is a great piece of narrative history.

Too many books taking on great historical periods limply drag from event to event. What Tom Holland has achieved is a history that… Read more

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