©2007 Juan Cole; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.
"[A]n engaging and provocative book." (Library Journal)
"[A] well-researched contribution to Middle Eastern history." (Publishers Weekly)
I love Napoleonic History but just could not drag myself through this book. It gets terribly repetitive and what is immesurably worse, lets its agenda totally obscure its point. Frankly the author sooo wants to draw an infinity of parellels between the current situation in Iraq and Napoleon's invasion of Egypt. The problem is that the analogies are either forced or come across as a blinding flash of the obvious. A "timely" book should not need to call attention to the obvious parallels to modern times. To do so is similar to having to explain the punchline of a joke. Either the joke is not funny and thus needs the explaination or the explaination is not necessary. Finally, it is hard to trust a historian so transparently out to make a point.
The narative style was not good enough to save the book either.
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