Lori's Book Nook

Apt reading

Posted on: July 18, 2006

The book I’m reading right now, one I’ve mentioned before, is A Peace to End All Peace by David Fromkin, is utterly apt reading right now. The subtitle is: “The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East” — I’m buzzing through it as quickly as I am able, because now more than ever it is important to understand what’s happening right now in Lebanon, Syria and Israel.

[Go to Cold Desert‘s blog to get the Lebanese point of view. See Metroblog for disgust at the Canadian PM’s response.]

In this book, Fromkin is approaching the history of the area through the personalities of the European politicians making policy from 1914 to 1922 — essentially examining motivations, decisions, points of view and the like that lead to the parcelling out of the Ottoman Empire at the end of WWI.

Wow. A simplistic summary. Again, for in-depth analysis of the issues in the book, check out the discussion forum on BookTalk.org — some pretty intense discussion going on…good stuff. Very helpful to my reading.

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Here on the Book Nook you can discuss: The Fifth Business by Robertson Davies, as well as the next two books in the Deptford Trilogy, The Manticore and World of Wonders, and if that's not enough for you, see what's up on the forums at BookTalk.org!
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