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Empire
Empire
by Niall Ferguson
Edition: Hardcover
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, November 2, 2003
This review is from: Empire (Hardcover)
Niall Ferguson is one of our best historians and everyone with an interest in the grand scope of History should take some time to read this book. You might not agree with everthing here, but Ferguson makes his points eloquently and has a knack for finding just the right period quotes. Contrary to what others might say, he DOES NOT gloss over the downside of the British Empire, but intead presents a well-rounded picture, including all of the greed and savagery. I wish he had spent some time dealing with the British impact on China and Latin America during the nineteenth century, but this is still an excellent survey. I can't recommend it highly enough.


Peter the Great: His Life and World
Peter the Great: His Life and World
by Robert K. Massie
Edition: Paperback
Price: $15.01
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two Bios for the price of one, March 19, 2003
The words "definitive" and "magisterial" are often thrown about by reviewers, but I can not think of any better way to describe this work. Here is a rare book that actually deserves its Pulitzer.
Not only do we get the life of Peter, but Massie spends plenty of time with King Charles XII of Sweden, the man whose life would become so intertwined with Peter's. The subtitle, "His Life and World" is very accurate. We really do get to learn all about Peter's world, from the life of the average Russian peasant to the role of the Holy Roman Empire in European politics. Massie also provides us with capsule biographies of all the major and minor players, including Louis XIV of France and William III of England.
If you are interested in the life of Peter the Great, read this book. If you an interested in seeing proof of how one man can change the course of history, read this book. If you are interested in European diplomatic and military history, read this book. If you simply enjoy a well-told yarn, read this book.
I've read a lot of history books and this is one of the best. I literally never wanted to put it down. Check it out.


The Threatening Storm: The Case for Invading Iraq
The Threatening Storm: The Case for Invading Iraq
by Kenneth M. Pollack
Edition: Hardcover
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bible for liberal hawks, March 18, 2003
If you want to know why we're going into Iraq, you need look no farther than this book. Pollack (former CIA analyst turned policy advisor to the Clinton administration) carefully examines all of the policy options for dealing with Iraq and shows why invasion is the only logical (and humane) option. Required reading for those who want to sound sensible talking about this topic...


Of Paradise and Power: America and Europe in the New World Order
Of Paradise and Power: America and Europe in the New World Order
by Robert Kagan
Edition: Hardcover
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17 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading, March 18, 2003
This short book (an extension of a previous essay by the author) is essential for anyone seriously interested in what is going on between the US and Europe these days. The prose is clear and concise. The analytical thinking is first rate. A fine example of one man trying to make sense of the world. Highly recommended.


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