The considerations presented in the first part of this short book are thought-provoking. However I did not give the book five stars as the concluding chapter was very weak on its suggested solutions to the problems that face our modern world in the form of a cruel terrorism whose protagonists owe allegiance to neither nation, ethnicity, religion nor even ideology. Clearly what we have in the disappointingly failed Arab Spring especially as it is being played out in Iraq-Syria and Libya does not have a quick fix. The 'International Community' or UNO clearly has a responsibility to the people in the conflict areas but also to those fleeing from them. In both failure is more obvious than success. Strategies must not be based on political expediency but a fundamentally moral/ethical stance that builds on the human and humane qualities present in all nations. That strategy was not developed in any realistic way by Amin Maalouf.