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Original Essays | September 15, 2014

Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



There's this writer, William Shakespeare. Perhaps you've heard of him. He wrote this play, Romeo and Juliet. Maybe you've heard of it as well. It's... Continue »
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    Juliet's Nurse

    Lois Leveen 9781476757445

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Who Hates Whom: Well-Armed Fanatics, Intractable Conflicts, and Various Things Blowing Up by Bob Harris
Who Hates Whom: Well-Armed Fanatics, Intractable Conflicts, and Various Things Blowing Up

Mnemosyne9, October 13, 2007

In this book, Bob Harris manages to combine very serious (and potentially depressing) information with a lovely, funny writing style. In any other format, the events detailed in this book would be enough to make you cry, but the author pulls a laugh out at all the right places to make the content bearable. Harris has also done all the illustrations, maps, and photography for the book, and these additions add a lot.

I would particularly recommend this book for high school or college students, who will be tasked in the not-too-distant future with dealing with the conflicts, wars, and disputes Harris has described. Lots of people have screwed up large parts of the world, kids, and you'll have to learn how deep the hole's been dug before you can help the world start climbing out. In this book, you'll get a good start while still enjoying the read.

The conclusion, however, is perhaps one of the most valuable parts because Harris brings the contents together and tries to give the reader some perspective. This is just one more thing that separates Who Hates Whom from your average scholarly volume about global conflict- Harris can't help inserting a discussion of the moral and ethical implications for us, the people/nations on the sidelines of these conflicts. This personal, human touch gives the reader a sense of both hope and responsibility.
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