From School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-Another in a series about world politics and economics. Before actually venturing into the text, it is best to read the "Author's Disclosure," wherein Maybury makes plain his admittedly biased view about current affairs. He states that he adheres to Juris Naturalism-the belief that natural laws supersede laws created by governments. While certain statements, and the tone of the book in general, may strike some as outlandish and inflammatory, the author's research is sound and he does not confuse the facts. Instead, he uses them to promote his belief that the Middle East, or, rather, "Chaostan," a term coined by "Uncle Eric," is headed for a major world war. Basically, Maybury asserts that European and American governments have been exploiting Islamic countries for centuries to further their own political and economic purposes. Now, these countries are starting to rebel; thus, a world war is inevitable. The book is replete with excerpts from his Early Warning Report newsletter, which is advertised at the end. Although this title is certainly not "mainstream" research, it definitely provides an easy-to-read argument for, as Maybury states, "liberty, free markets, and international neutrality." Black-and-white maps appear throughout.-Carol Fazioli, The Brearley School, New York City
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