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It is long. It goes into the theories of cultural development based on religion, geographic issues, natural resources etc.
This book is not for the faint of heart looking for an easy read on Saturday night. It will take you many nights of listening, but ask yourself, "How much do I want to know, am I tough enough to go with the detail this book can give you?"
It is a college level course, I liked that about it, actually. I am tired of the easy namby pamby 7th grade reading level of the local papers/ internet newspapers which give only a fraction of information.
It is written from a man who is basically half liberal-half conservative (altho he voted for Kerry - see NYT interview with him), but who has sane viewpoints/theories that a conservative will understand & appreciate, even if not agreeing with some of them.
I am a conservative, but gives credit where credit is due.
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The scope of this book is impressive, and is a great resourse for anyone wanting a global picture of international relations , and a predictor of how relations will unfold in the near and long term. I feel this book is devoid of the Ideologies of our time and sets out to portray a pragmatic and realistic view of our circumstances and challenges as a society. It filled a few holes in my study of history.
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I've heard about this book many times. Many references to it over the years. Finally, thanks to audible, I've also had the privilege to listen to it. For anyone interested in a view of the world - I recommend this book.
(not saying this is The true view of the world - but sure possible and thoughtful.)
I realize this book has garnered considerable criticism in the post 9/11 world, but regardless, it is a masterpiece. Though perhaps not politically correct, many of the predictions it makes have already proven valid. I would place this book on a par with Thucydides' "Peloponnesian War" for its incisive and clear political insights. Though first published in 1996, it remains shockingly relevant over ten years on. Read it!