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Flawed and redundant,
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This review is from: Countering Al-Qaeda in London: Police and Muslims in Partnership (Hardcover)
This book clearly originated as a doctoral thesis. Nothing wrong with that, so long as authors recognise that ordinary readers have different requirements to examiners. A rewrite to this effect is evident in places but large chunks of indigestible, turgid 'theory' remain. The prose style of the rewrites is tolerable but the content is repetitious, meandering, reminiscent, idiosyncratic and, above all, self-congratulatory. Lambert has a high opinion of himself and this sometimes results in a laughable inflation of his own importance, such as when he berates the government for not taking enough account of him and his wise advice in the formulation of national policy.
Since this book was published Lambert's thesis that relatively moderate Islamist extremists should be cultivated to oppose really extreme extremists has completely unravelled, both operationally and academically. For practical purposes therefore this book is wholly redundant and should rest unopened on a dusty shelf until discovered by the next generation of doctoral scholars