Category Archives: Book Reviews

Book Review: After Mandela: The Struggle For Freedom In Post-Apartheid South Africa

After Mandela:  The Struggle For Freedom In Post-Apartheid South Africa, by Douglas Foster Among the more unfortunate aspects of this book is the way that it demonstrates the sad fact that we do not write history, or current events for … Continue reading

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Book Review: The History Of South Africa (Greenwood Histories)

The History Of South Africa (The Greenwood Histories Of The Modern Nations), by Roger B. Beck If it cannot be said that the reading of the history of South Africa is a pleasant matter, this book at least is a … Continue reading

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Book Review: Affluence Without Abundance

Affluence Without Abundance:  The Disappearing World Of The Bushmen, by James Suzman There are a host of issues with this book, none of which prevent the book from being enjoyable as a sympathetic (perhaps overly sympathetic) guide to the Bushmen … Continue reading

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Book Review: International Dimensions Of The Western Sahara Conflict

International Dimensions Of The Western Sahara Conflict, edited by Yahia H. Zoubir and Daniel Volman There is an air of unreality about a great deal of what has been written about the Western Sahara conflict.  During the 80’s and 90’s … Continue reading

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Book Review: War And Refugees: The Western Sahara Conflict

War And Refugees:  The Western Sahara Conflict, edited by Richard Lawless and Laila Monahan This book is not a particularly long one, but it is a good effort in demonstrating the broad level of interest that at least some academics … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Western Sahara (The Washington Papers)

The Western Sahara (The Washington Papers), by David Lynn Price It’s interesting to read a short book like this that seeks to present a very obviously slanted view of a somewhat neglected and forgotten corner of the world.  To be … Continue reading

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Book Review: Proof: How The World Became Geometrical

Proof:  How The World Became Geometrical, by Amir Alexander There is something deeply ironic in this book.  The irony exists on several levels.  Some of the book’s ironies are intentional, such as the way the author spends most of his … Continue reading

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Book Review: Experiencing Geometry

Experiencing Geometry In Euclidian, Spherical, And Hyperbolic Spaces, by David W. Henderson The increasing popularity of flat earth thinking in certain circles has led me to ponder about the deficiency of my own education in geometry in spherical spaces, and … Continue reading

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Book Review: Barron’s Painless Geometry

Barron’s Painless Geometry, by Lynette Long I have to admit that this book disappointed me a little bit.  It is not that the book is bad.  It is indeed a modestly enjoyable book that I would have liked a lot … Continue reading

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Book Review: Vicksburg: Grant’s Campaign That Broke The Confederacy

Vicksburg:  Grant’s Campaign That Broke The Confederacy, by Donald L. Miller For whatever reason, there are a lot of books that have been written about the Vicksburg campaign and many of them are broadly similar, which suggests that a market … Continue reading

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