Mr. E. W. L. Parsons

Helpful votes received on reviews: 79% (78 of 99)


Top Reviewer Ranking: 4,554,796 - Total Helpful Votes: 78 of 99
The Cult of the Suicide Bomber [2005] (Region 1) (&hellip <b>DVD</b> ~ Robert Baer
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Having read Bob Baer's books, I was interested to see the release of this film. It's well worth a look, primarily for the unprecedented access Baer has throughout the middle east - he happily chats with Hezbollah fighters, Israeli intelligence officers and Iranian generals. A very interesting depiction of the Iran-Lebanon-Palestine arc of suicide bombing, but not very informative on events beyond that line (nothing on the adoption of the tactic by "Al-Quaeda", only one mention of the Tamil Tigers, who were, until 2003, the most prolific suicide bombers in the world). For a wider context and deeper analysis read Robert Pape's "Dying to Win - The strategic logic of suicide terrorism". This is… Read more
The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon) by Dan Brown
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
...which isn't such a bad thing, really. It covers similar ground (approximately) but lacks the others depth, genius and complexity (and it's glorious final twist). What the Da Vinci Code does offer, however, is a great fun fast occult conspiracy thriller, with engaging characters, smart action and a good easy reading style. Take everything it contains with a fistful of salt, however - Mr Brown doesn't do a very good job of deliniating fact from fiction, tending to blur real and fictional figures easily. The most annoying point of the novel occurs right at the beggining, oddly, when he presents a page of "facts" outside the fiction to validate his work - but at least one of them is… Read more
Introducing Postmodernism by Richard Appignanesi
Introducing Postmodernism by Richard Appignanesi
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
As a reference book on postmodernism, this is a great. As a piece of art on postmodernism, it is also a triumph. As an introduction, however, it is completely and utterly useless. If you want to begin to understand the ideas in this book, pick up a "Teach Yourself Postmodernism"- far superiour as an introduction, but it misses out the most recent developments, and is not nearly so fascinating. Until then, this book serves an a labrynthine novelty- afterwards, it becomes a very useful and elegant reference book.
Possibly the only book I've ever read to jump from 1 to 5 stars on second reading.

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