The World: A Brief Introduction
ISBN: 0399562419
EAN13: 9780399562419
Language: English
Release Date: May 11, 2021
Pages: 400
Dimensions: 1.456693" H x 7.913386" L x 5.275591" W
Weight: 0.7275255 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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   World of background in a compact package
Before I received my copy, I was annoyed by the reviews here, which described the book as boring. I now understand why the reviewers might say such a thing. Reading this makes me feel a bit like a school assignment. This outcome is actually somewhat inevitable, given the huge scalf dealt by this relatively compact book. And not all of the reading is recreational. Maps, maps and endnotes are very helpful.
 
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   Every American should read
The high schools in American history and its relation to the rest of the world are deficient. The Haass book fills this gap. It is easy to read and based on scholarship and experience at high levels of the U.S. government. I did not detect in the writing any political motive or bias. A reader should find it worthwhile, anywhere on the political spectrum. I found it to be delightful and informative and found it to be factual and informative ''.
 
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   Very cursory review of history from a conservative think tank point of viw
I find it OKAY in general. It is a good introductory reading of the history of the world over the last 100-200 years, as it relates to presnt challenges and outcomes. The book is a summary view point of a previlaged white conservative jewish American with some slant of zionism. It provides good discussions on current political and foreign policy challenges in the world from the American conservative view. It does not provide critical discussions and or root cause analysis, which is understandable given the scope of the book.
 
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   There's a reason some don't like this
And for many it is because they needed to understand what Haass is saying and not. A reviewer says for my daughter, she 'd zone out. Another wrote just boring. Long before he gets to his own view of globalization versus national interest, Haass lays the groundwork with a simple historical description of where we are as a planet. I think I know history very well and have learned plenty, especially when it comes to the specifics of diplomatic ties or non-ties that exist. It was well worth it. As I was reading it, I thought about many of the arguments that came my way. Arguments that might not have been made if the person presenting these arguments understood what Haass is teaching us here.
 
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   Misleading, untrustworthy
A poor primer for the serious student of history and, yet worse, a misleading one for the introductory student. However, various omissions of choice can reflect incompetence within the author — that much is evident from his resume, and so the reader can only assume ulterior motives. For example, he recounts WWI taking the time to tally the death toll, both civilian and military. He does not mention the Ottoman Genocide, however, committed by the Armenian Turks under the cover of war, though it accounts for the death of over 1.5 million and hundreds of thousands more minorities. This would be akin to recollecting the body count of WWII and neglecting to include the Holocaust, a mistake that this author does not make. This book is recommended '' for introductory students, but would leave the uninformed simply mislead.
 
5
   The best current overview of the world's policy challenges
Richard Haass has become his generation's Henry Kissinger through a series of elegantly written books -- having the experience to write thoughtfully and clearly about multiple foreign policy challenges. This latest effort -- meant as a primer for high school and college students -- turns quickly into much more than a sweeping history of all regions of the world over the past 400 years, combined with explanations of current and future domestic and foreign policy challenges each part of the confronts. Haass's primary audience may be the United States, but people around the world interested in being informed about these issues could not be better than to buy and read this book.
 
5
   An essential read
Not only is this book brimming with information that will help you understand world affairs, it was also a very good read. The author made history and politics alive. Despite some 20 years of formal education, I feel better prepared to evaluate world events because I read this book.
 
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