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David Mitchell: Back Story by David Mitchell
David Mitchell: Back Story by David Mitchell
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
People are approaching this book with a view that it is more David Mitchell humorous content. That it'll be like one massive observer column. Or a seemingly unending soapbox. Or a long peep show monologue. Or a giant written and performed sketch. People are wrong.

The approach to almost all art forms governs a large part of your experience of them. Try to keep second guessing a film and even the greats will bore you. The same goes for books, and this book is a great demonstration of the importance of approach. 'Back Story' is for people interested in David Mitchell the person, not David Mitchell's body of work. That's not to say that if you like Mitchell's work, you won't like… Read more
Inside the Kingdom by Robert Lacey
Inside the Kingdom by Robert Lacey
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Lacey uses a perfect blend of storytelling and fact-giving to create an informative and rather gripping account of Saudi socio-political history. That's the long and short of it. If you've ever been even mildly interested in Middle Eastern politics or Islamic terrorism (which you should be), this book will shed a lot of light on the murky issue. Lacey charts the creation of terrorists like Bin Laden in an easily accessible form; he makes it quite clear how the move to religious fundamentalism coupled with US and Saudi funding of the mujahideen contributed heavily to the terrorist movement.

What is perhaps more interesting is the power play between the House of Saud and the… Read more