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Posted July 27, 2003
Occasionally brilliant.....but inconsistent
Like the preceding Tournament of Shadows, Meyer's synthesis is quite good over what is a very broad topic. The chapters on Iran and the Central Asian republics are quite strong. The particular sense of 'timely reading' plays well for the most part. The recurring themes of history seen in today's news can be chilling but also contributed to a sense of a cobbled-together book to ride the crest of current events. (So what's new, you might ask...) Again, like Tournament of Shadows, I appreciate the American voice in popular history topic otherwise lead by British writers - a not so innocent perspective...not that the American perspective is uncolored. Hopkirk's books are better written, in my opinion, but Meyer has done a nice job getting this book together for interested parties at most levels.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.