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The Boundaries of Modern Palestine, 1840-1947 (Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern History)
The Boundaries of Modern Palestine, 1840-1947 (Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern History)
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5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting read in its own right, 23 July 2016
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For a topic as dry as this, it was surprisingly readable. It's a great research book and an interesting read in its own right. Who knew national boundary-setting could be so interesting? If you want to know why the main boundaries of modern Israel are set where they are, this is definitely worth reading.


To Come to the Land: Immigration and Settlement in 16th-Century Eretz-Israel (Judaic Studies Series)
To Come to the Land: Immigration and Settlement in 16th-Century Eretz-Israel (Judaic Studies Series)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well-researched, readable and comprehensive, 23 July 2016
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Very well-researched and pretty readable. This is a good book (about the only book available as far as I can tell) on the settlement of Jews in Eretz Israel/Palestine during the Renaissance period in Europe. It's comprehensive, covering the economy, intra-community politics and routes of immigration. Some more background on the difference between religious rites etc in different Jewish communities would have been helpful. For that, I think I'm going to need a separate history of the Jewish people.


Druze, The: Culture, History, Prospects
Druze, The: Culture, History, Prospects
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well-translated, useful, if a little shallow, 23 July 2016
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A useful, well-translated history. A deeper more comprehensive history would have been useful for me, but this is a good start for understanding the Druze.


The Invention of the Jewish People
The Invention of the Jewish People
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and well-researched but overstates its case, 23 July 2016
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Interesting and well-researched. He might have overstated his case a little. The basic idea is that the Jews were mostly religious communities and are not really an ethnic group. There wasn't really much of an exodus of Jews after the fall of the second temple or Muslim conquest of Eretz Israel/Palestine. Those arguments seem reasonable enough. The description of the current state of Israel as an ethnocracy goes too far for my liking. It is possible, if difficult, to convert to Judaism, so it's something of a mix of an ethnic group and a religious group. But which religious group isn't? If your parents are members of one religion, the chances of you being a member of the same religion must surely be much higher. Israel identifies itself as a Jewish state, but other countries identify themselves as states by their main religion too. Life is pretty tough in many countries for members not from the main religious group in that state.


The Second Jewish Migration: From Europe to the Ottoman State
The Second Jewish Migration: From Europe to the Ottoman State
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2.0 out of 5 stars Needed a better translator and editor, 23 July 2016
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This really needed a better translator and a good edit. The underlying history was interesting enough, but the poor translation, frequent spelling errors and strange use of roman numerals made it hard going. With a better translator and editor, this could be a useful book giving a good account of the settlement of Jews in the Ottoman Empire.


Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive
Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive
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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful, but a little muddled, 26 May 2016
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Interesting and informative. You will come away with some good ideas about how to be more productive from this. The examples are sometimes overly numerous, or start at one point and by the time the example is picked up again, you've forgotten the start of it. Asides from the muddled examples, it's a readable, useful book.


Israel: A History
Israel: A History
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Readable, 26 May 2016
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Highly readable account of the formation and history of the modern Israeli state. Unlike a lot of history books, I never felt bored or the desire to skip over any parts. The first hand accounts are very well chosen. Great insights into the thinking of the founders of the new Israeli nation. I can't think of anything I can fault with it.


In Search of Lost Time [volumes 1 to 7] (Centaur Classics) [The 100 greatest novels of all time - #13]
In Search of Lost Time [volumes 1 to 7] (Centaur Classics) [The 100 greatest novels of all time - #13]

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2.0 out of 5 stars Great analysis of people's emotions and lives, but not much of a story, 13 Jan. 2016
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If you like long paragraphs full of detail about everyday life for the upper classes in early-twentieth century France, this is the book for you. The descriptions are great, the attention to every detail of the characters' lives exquisite, but nothing much actually happens. Pages of description go by without any notable incident occuring. It's great analysis of people's emotions and lives, but not much of a story. After a while I found myself skim-reading to try to find the next incident worthy of concentration. The translation was occasionally a little strange. "Show" is spelled "Shew" and some of the puns the characters make don't make sense in translation.


My Brilliant Friend (Neapolitan)
My Brilliant Friend (Neapolitan)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating view of life in post-World War Two Naples through the eyes of a young woman, 6 Jan. 2016
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A very interesting read. I couldn't wait to pick up the story again after I had to put it down. It gives a great feeling of what life was probably like for a young woman in the macho honour-loving world of Naples just after the Second World War. I can't wait to read the next book in this trilogy.


Between the Woods and the Water: On Foot to Constantinople from the Hook of Holland: The Middle Danube to the Iron Gates
Between the Woods and the Water: On Foot to Constantinople from the Hook of Holland: The Middle Danube to the Iron Gates
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, 30 Nov. 2015
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Enjoyable. It has some great scenes - swimming naked in the river and getting his clothes stolen by some milkmaids and his staying with Gypsies for a night stick out. The pre-World War Two fixation with background, especially tribal background is marked in this book. It's a great introduction to life in 1930s Europe.


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