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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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Milorad_Buggeroff, September 23, 2007 (view all comments by Milorad_Buggeroff)
It is hard to imagine a "writer" less qualified to discuss global or local issues of conflict, politics or statecraft. The single most hilarious thing I have ever read perhaps was Harris' argument on the Mother Jones website that the *real* reason that NATO went to war against Yugoslavia was for control of the precious lead mines of Kosovo.

http://www. mail-archive.com/ ctrl@listserv. aol.com/msg14445.html

Really, it is a laughably idiotic bit of "analysis," where "Professor Harris' tries to undertake a financial analysis of the value of some old lead mines in Trepca, and concludes that the lead mines are worth perhaps some 100 BILLION DOLLARS! (For comparison, the annual GDP for all Serbia is about 22 billion USD.) Yeah, NATO went to war to grab a source of that rare and precious commodity, lead.

If you want to read a poorly informed book about some random conflict zones by a smug and smarmy poseur, this should be your first choice.
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ISBN:
9780307394361
Author:
Harris, Bob
Publisher:
Three Rivers Press (CA)
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Curiosities and wonders
Subject:
General Humor
Subject:
Humor : General
Subject:
Political
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20070931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
10 MAPS
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
7.94x5.26x.60 in. .52 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , 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.
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