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The Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy
The Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy
by Daniel Yergin
Edition: Paperback
Prix : CDN$ 18.75
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Skip it and read The Prize, Oct. 28 2002
The Prize was riveting.
This one is long and superficial although with some interesting ideas and chapters. The style is journalistic (always the same type of non sense anecdote to open a new chapter). There is too much raw stuff and not enough presentation of ideas. Chapter after chapter you will go from one country to the next but the sum of the parts does not add up to a very powerful demonstration.
A decent book. By no means a must read.

The Zimmermann Telegram
The Zimmermann Telegram
by Barbara W. Tuchman
Edition: Paperback
Prix : CDN$ 15.99
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 History and anecdotes, April 13 2002
Barbara Tuchman is one of the leading historians of the 20th century ; she proves it here once more. In this book she manages to use an anecdote - the telegram - to explain in a thrilling and convincing way the reasons for the US to enter the war. It is a brilliant book thanks to her remarkable style which blends suspense and clarity and yet no compromise with historical truth.
Many historians are experts and have a vast knowledge of their subject. Very few like Barbara Tuchman make their knowledge accessible in an enticing way to the "man in the street".

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