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Wow! That's been a while since I read something like that
am 26. Juli 2000
It's been quite a while since I read a book straight-through, from start to finish, w/o putting it down. Took about three days. Wow. What was the last one like that? "Three Musketeers" perhaps <g>.
I can't evaluate it from the historical science point of view--I'm not smart enough. Perhaps the reviewer below ("colonialism...") is right about some facts being incorrect. But I have to say that my understanding of the Middle East has changed *completely* (it would probably be better to say that I gained an understanding vs. a disconnected mish-mash of opinions, newspaper reports, and facts that that I somehow "knew", but couldn't tell how if my life depended on it.)
I have a custom of ruining books I read by highlighting, dog-ear'ing, writing on pages, and inserting lots of post-its everywhere. So, this time I've used a pack of highlighters on this book! (This method did fail sometimes, 'cause some pages I ended up "painting over" completely. There's absolutely no fluff in there.) The book contains such a huge amount of information--factual of course, but also a lot of analysis, that I *know* I will have to read it again, and probably more than once--at least in order to let the timeline set in. On the first reading I really felt overwhelmed, and I'll let it settle for a while (though I did go back selectively.) Btw, Fromkin's writing style is outstanding, especially for a book that's bound to be difficult because of sheer information volume. It's actually easy to read.
Another good thing is is an insert with a great selection of photos and maps. There's something visual about nearly every personnage talked about wich makes the description come alive in many cases.
The only problem is that even now my copy is close to start falling apart, and it would really be great if they made a hardback (and added more photos and, most importantly, maps.) Well, for maps I recommend to have a copy of Penguin Atlas of European History, it's pretty, colorful, detailed, got quite a bit of complementing text (factual primarily)--it's is a very good companion for Fromkin's "Peace ..." Well, all right...
Oh, no, one more thing--the book contains a 15-page index, a 15-page bibliography (which is separate from reference section, which is about 40 pages long.) I mean, if you'd like to enlarge on what you've read (after taking a vacation <g>, of course) you've got links to about 20 years worth of related reading material there.)
It's an outstanding work.