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5.0 out of 5 stars From the Burning Ashes - The Phoenix Rises !!!,, 13 Feb. 2007
This review is from: Fascism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (Paperback)
......and I think it is carrying a bundle of rods with an axe in the middle.

Oh, this guy is good. Now he has some weird quirks in his writing. He contradicts himself, has some flawed statements and weirdly connects the feminine and racial issues on an elementary level. Some jargon in this book is also incomprehensible. And, I bet $100 this guys a romanticist (far above his other personality levelers of realist and classicist creativity stabilizers - the three are balanced out in one way or another) - like for example Jean-Jacque Rousseau.

All right, all the above does not matter. ALL the time that I see crap like this, I automatically throw it out. Nevertheless, this guy comes up with some incredible insights and very original outlook and reasoning beyond even the above average humanities writer (he is a history lecturer at Cardiff - with some good horse sense of politics and philosophy). He also injects parts of history that other authors have not made of certain unique connections. He has totally analyzed this subject - Fascism - and gives you different and in-depth angles to look at. He takes you across "paths" that have never been crossed before.

Read this with tongue-in-check mentality. You can easily see and discard some (but very little) nonsense. There is highly valuable information here. This person has made a (small) book of only 158 pages, but he jams it full of Great information on Fascism. I would have sworn, after reading this, that I had just finished a large book. There is no real filler here (except for the quirks mentioned above).

Oxford Press does it again - but the other "very short introductions" series are not as high of caliber as this is.

These three books will give you THE best insight on Fascism. No others come close to the brilliance of the material.

1) Fascism by Roger Griffin (edited by Roger Griffin) This is the best general book on Fascism. There is no better way to truly understand something unless to go to the SOURCE(S).

2) Fascism A Very Short Introduction by Kevin Passmore

3) The Nature of Fascism edited by S.J. Woolf (NOT the book by R. Griffin on the same title)

In conclusion, Oxford University Press (UK) and the University of Chicago (USA) crank out some great books on political philosophy etc. Although, some of them are out of print. Alibris will get them for ya!
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