Trevor G. Stack

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Diplomacy by Henry Kissinger
Diplomacy by Henry Kissinger
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
When I considered what a book entitled "Diplomacy" by Henry Kissinger must be, I pictured a self-aggrandizing and righteous journey though the reminiscences of a single analysts long and influential career - a career that may have, for a great many, defined the very subject.

Although that's what it ultimately is, before arriving, Kissinger escorts the reader through a highly researched and theoretically robust introduction to the political frameworks that have defined Western diplomacy.

This "introduction" is a majority of the book's content.

From the, in the context, primordial introduction of the Holy Alliance to the emerging complexities of Raison d'Etat… Read more
The History of Argentina by Daniel K. Lewis
The History of Argentina by Daniel K. Lewis
3.0 out of 5 stars A to-the-point summary, June 8 2010
It was a general interest in the economic history of Argentina as a counter-factual example to that of Canada encouraged me to shell out for this unfortunately short summary history.

Economically, the history of Argentina is an excellent natural experiment to test the influence of systems of political and economic organization on development. From a resource point of view, Argentina began the 20th century with every opportunity that was available to Canada, but ended it desperately behind. Years of dictatorial change, "rule of law" instability and personal fear were the culprits. But don't expect this type of top-down insight from the author; this is a purely sequential and… Read more
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Although the book's title engendered in my expectant mind stories of dramatic military or social collapse ultimately a result of human mis-deeds, once again (as in Guns, Germs and Steel) Jared Diamond's showmanship in titling has allowed him to deliver - to the widest possible audience - an ultimately equally striking anthology of tales of environmental history and environmental economics.

In short, this book contains a carefully researched series of anecdotes on historical environmental management problems that were both influenced - and, fortunately, also archeologically evidenced - by human conduct. Many of the examples in the volume wouldn't seem dramatic summarized in short… Read more

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