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Yemen: Dancing on the Heads of Snakes Paperback – March 16, 2010
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Another reviewer described Clark writing as" a very carefully-researched distillation of Yemen's history" I am sorry to say as both a post graduate of Yemeni history and a Yemeni citizen, I failed to see his point, in fact the opposite was true. The writer should have put introductory statement clearly that this is a travel book and it does not by any means depict the true and factual history of Yemen that would have maintained her credibility and showed her respect for her readers.
One particular strong point is the fact that she relays personal anecdotes she has experienced in travelling around the country as a literary tool to describe Yemeni society, thus making it less academic and impersonal.
If you want to learn about Yemen's history, culture, tribes and its role in regional and global politics, then this book is required reading.
What we in the West has failed to focus on is that Yemen has long been a violently tribal land that is now running out of natural resources such as water and oil and in its place is becomig an incubator for a new generation of terrorist planning and activity - a third generation of Jihad.
And, as importantly, Yemen is geographically poised to wreak havoc two of the most critical aspects of the global economy (namely, Saudi oil and all shipping coming and going through the Suez Canal - which comprises more than 60 percent of all shipping globally).
Moreover, it is an increasingly clear it is drifting into what foreign policy experts refer to as a "failed state" with remarkable similarities to Afghanistan and even Pakistan in terms of tribal and intra-regional rebellions.
In her penetrating and quite fascinating new book, Victoria Clark, offers a number of unique perspectives of this centuries-long troubled land. A former foreign correspondent for the Observer and the daughter of the BBC's former South Arabian Correspondent, the late Noel Clark. She was born in what was Britain's colonial city of Aden, Yemen.
Clark divides up the book into several parts, all of which weave into a rich and multifaceted portrait of Yemen.Read more ›
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The book gives a view to a definite dysfunctional place.Published 17 months ago by William A. Mcdonald
This book provides outstanding context to the complex problem. There have been significant developments since 2009 when the book was written which makes it slightly out of date,... Read morePublished on March 29, 2013 by Jason Teague
A great read on an issue and area of the world that could become the US's next "Afghanistan." This issue could be America's top security concern in the years to come.Published on October 14, 2012 by Jfc
For those who, like me, have been reading about Yemen in the international press with increasing frequency but still know all too little about the country, this book will satisfy... Read morePublished on June 21, 2012 by Neil Hauer
I was looking for a book on Yemen and read the review in the Economist which strongly recommended it. Read morePublished on September 11, 2010 by Pigstick
This is a very good book for those willing to have a better view on social, cultural and business environment within the Middle East with Yemen representing probably one of the... Read morePublished on August 26, 2010 by Martins Zutis
This is an outstanding and important book, with a great deal of information and insight I haven't found anywhere else. Read morePublished on July 6, 2010 by Victor A. Vyssotsky