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True Spooks

Advantages: A fascinating true story well told
Disadvantages: None

Find Bond bordering on the trivial these days? Think that perhaps Le Carré is a little passé? Spooks too silly for words? If you answered yes to any of those questions, I recommend you read The Terminal Spy: the Life and Death of Alexander Litvi ...

hiker 27.08.2015 · Read full review
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Review of The Terminal Spy - Alan Cowell

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Chomsky spits venom

Advantages: Information is presented in a concise, highly readable and informative fashion
Disadvantages: Given highly focused scope, not perhaps the best broad overview to international politics. It also deals exclusively with America that European readers may find irrelevant. Readers should also consider the days off work you'll need to attend mayday 2002.

In this book, Noam Chomsky takes on the international scene since 1945, devoting particular attention to events following the collapse of the Soviet Union. Chomsky develops a forceful critique of Western government, from imperialist foreign policies to th ...

jezeres 28.06.2001 · Read full review
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Review of World Orders, Old and New - Noam Chomsky

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WHERE DID IT GO WRONG?

Advantages: Well argued and easy to read
Disadvantages: An interest in politics essential

'What's Left?' is a personal critique of the state of the political Left in the west by left wing journalist and author Nick Cohen. For the purposes of the book and of this review The Left is interchangeable with liberals and roughly means those that bel ...

Mauri 12.03.2007 · Read full review
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Review of What's Left?: How Liberals Lost Their Way - Nick Cohen

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The Great Terror

Advantages: A very informative, up-to-date account of the purges.
Disadvantages: Not for everyone, requires some basic knowledge.

The Great Terror is an extensive book on Stalin's purges during the years 1934 and 1939. It not only focuses on why they happened but how Stalin was able to take power and then crush his opponents. The Great Terror was originally written in 1968, at ...

salem_witch 17.03.2004 · Read full review
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Review of The Great Terror: A Reassessment - Robert Conquest

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Politics isn't just Democracy

Advantages: Clear concise overview of the development of the concept
Disadvantages: Obviously can't go into much depth, but neglects contemporary debate in favour of historical overview

**Please note, this category is wrong. Bernard Crick didn't write the Very Short Introduction to Politics (that was by Kennth Minogue, no relation to the other K. Minogue as far as I'm aware). This opinion is on Crick's Very Short Introduction to Democrac ...

a-true-ben 26.01.2003 · Read full review
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Review of A Very Short Introduction to Politics - Bernard Crick

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