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A Quietist Jihadi
A Quietist Jihadi
Price: £19.94

1.0 out of 5 stars Nonsense, 2 Aug. 2012
This review is from: A Quietist Jihadi (Kindle Edition)
A very poor analysis of a relatively unimportant jihadist. It reminds me of the Puritan/Presbyterian/Independent/Cavaliers/Roundhead debate in British history. These things shall pass!

DISTURBED: Terrorist Behavior Profiles
DISTURBED: Terrorist Behavior Profiles

1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 10 July 2011
I found the author offered no new insights into why someone becomes a terrorist. Instead I found only generalities which could apply to anyone. I was also concerned at the lack of rigour in checking the facts. For example, mention is made of the"Angelical Church" founded by Henry VIII when of course it was the Anglican Church. Finally it is one thing to understand the situation from the viewpoint of the terrorist; it is quite another to appear to do so uncritically and be nothing more than a mouthpiece for their biases. I would recommend serious students of this complex subject to read any of Professor John Horgan's work or Alex Schmid's.

A Scots Quair (Canongate Classics)
A Scots Quair (Canongate Classics)
Price: £7.99

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beguiling, 6 July 2011
I read this at school as a teenager and could not make any sense of it. Forty years later I have just read it again and I found it beguiling. It bears witness to a way of life that has long since disappeared and cries out against the folly of war, of heavenly and man made creeds and captures perfectly the small town parochial gossip and snobbery which unfortunately remains in many a town still. As for Capitalism and the woes of the working man struggling under its load, it could have been written with today's banking crisis in mind. Highly recommended.

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