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A Good Introduction to the History of Mesopotamia
on 23 February 2015
I am very glad that I read this book. Paul Kriwaczek shines a light on a civilization and on a period of history that I didn't know very much about. I found this book very easy to read; the chapters slice up the history of the region into easily understandable chunks. Kriwaczek also mixes in the stories of the individuals who helped unearth (literally!) the history of the great cities of Uruk, Ur, Assyria and Babylon.
Kriwaczek also dabbles in telling stories about the present Middle-East, which have annoyed other reviewers of this book. I think he is attempting to use modern day politics to help the reader get a better understanding of the events he is retelling. Unfortunately, sometimes his own sympathies and bias come through - and I can see why that would annoy other readers. However, I think the book is still worth reading even if Kriwaczek's politics annoy you! On this basis, I think it is worth 4 stars rather than 5.