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


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The daily news gives you events but rarely context. So what do al-Qaeda, North Korea, and Iran really want? Which faction is which in Iraq and whos arming whom? Whats the deal with Somalia, Darfur, and Kashmir? Fatah, Hamas, and Hezbollah?

Finally, heres Who Hates Whom—a handy, often stunning guide to the worlds recent conflicts, from the large and important to the completely absurd.

• Which countries are fighting over an uninhabitable glacier with no real strategic value—at an annual cost of half a billion dollars?

• Which underreported war has been the deadliest since World War II—worse even than Vietnam—with a continuing aftermath worse than most current conflicts combined?

• Which royal family members were respected as gods—until the crown prince machine-gunned the king and queen?

• Which countrys high school students think the Nazis had a “good side”? Which nations readers recently put Mein Kampf on the bestseller list? And which other country watches itself with four million security cameras? (Hint: All three are U.S. allies.)

Detailed with more than fifty original maps, photographs, and illustrations, Who Hates Whom summarizes more than thirty global hotspots with concise essays, eye-catching diagrams, and (where possible) glimmers of kindness and hope.

In which bodies of water can you find most of the worlds active pirates? Which dictatorship is bulldozing its own villages? Where exactly are Waziristan, Bangsamoro, Kurdistan, Ituri, Baluchistan, and Jubaland—and how will they affect your life and security? Find out in Who Hates Whom, a seriously amusing look at global humanity—and the lack thereof.


A veritable atlas of animosity, this book is a country-by-country breakdown of ethnic, religious, and nationalistic conflicts worldwide, complete with maps outlined by angst lines and zones of peevishness.

About the Author

BOB HARRIS is the author of Prisoner of Trebekistan: A Decade in Jeopardy!, and has written for media ranging from National Lampoon to the television show CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. He lives in Los Angeles.

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tjetl, November 3, 2007 (view all comments by tjetl)
I discovered Bob Harris when Prisoner of Trebekistan came out and haven't been able to get enough of his writing since. I really like Who Hates Whom because I try to keep up on current events, and it explains what Darfur, Iran, and whatever war zone erupts next week are all about, and how it affects us. I highly recommend this book.
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mjf27, November 2, 2007 (view all comments by mjf27)
Who Hates Whom is for anybody who thinks news is about actual lives being affected, not which movie star is getting divorced today.

This book is a thorough primer on all the continents of the world, their histories, conflicts, and prospects for a peaceful future. Bob Harris explains the world's situations honestly, respectfully, and clearly, but with enough optimism and levity to make the book easy and entertaining to read. It would make a great reference for a news watcher or a world traveler, but it's fascinating enough to be read cover-to-cover as well.
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Mnemosyne9, October 13, 2007 (view all comments by Mnemosyne9)
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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Harris, Bob
Three Rivers Press (CA)
Curiosities and wonders
General Humor
Humor : General
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