I bought this as background before a holiday, and it was useful reading and small enough to pack. However, its treatment of the political and military history of the republic lives up to the "brief" in the title. I was irritated by the poor copy editing - in addition to an inability to distinguish between principle and principal, the author confuses rein and reign and dappled for dabbled. The use of the apostrophe is also rather random. Thus only 3 stars.
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