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on 14 March 2007
An excellent short book that succintly rather than simply explains many of the smaller although more horrible wars of the last century. The maps, diagrams and picture illustrate brilliantly the tactical and strategic elements that often were the turning points in these conflicts. Highly worthwhile reading for anyone wishing to gain a quick though incisive understanding of the modern conflicts that we see today.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 16 July 2010
The book presents a very succinct summary of the main conflicts of the post WW2 era (and prior to the US operations in Afghanistan). Each of the chapters presents an era / geographical area (China, Korea, Southeast Asia, etc.) after which some historical background is given that led to the conflict and the general thrust of how it evolved is described. Most chapters have one or two maps of how the conflict evolved over time.

If your interest is just cursory, the book is very likely to deliver in spades and to satisfy your curiosity, however one needs to be aware that it is very high level and relatively basic as far as detail is concerned, so if you have any interest in the field, you arel ikely to have read more on the individual conflict already than is contained herein. You would also get a better understanding of the individual conflicts (as well as much more) in Calvocoressi's World Politics Since 1945, which is on the one hand heftier but also extremely well organised, so as to allow you to get to the gist of the very same conflicts pretty much as quickly as here.

On the bright side, there is a list of further reading more interested readers can attempt chapter by chapter.
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on 2 January 2007
I liked the chapters regarding the Mau Mau uprising and the Algerian war.The sense of belonging to one country or tribe is a very strong identity and the struggles felt by the Kenyan, Algerian , Afghan and Vietnamese people are very vividly described in this book.
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