Book Reviews

Our book reviews are from alternative, more globalised perspectives that do not place European ideals at the centre of gravity.

Saudi Arabia and Iran by Simon Mabon

8/10 Is it regional rivalry or global power rivalry that continues to play out in the Middle East? Simon Mabon, a …

“Persepolis” 19 years on: still relevant?

7/10 Persepolis is a very interesting book. Originally written in French, it essentially constitutes an autobiography of its author, Marjane …

Life lessons from Kahlil Gibran’s “The Prophet”

The featured image is a painting by the author discussed, Kahlil Gibran. For more information Google “خمسة‎‎” or “Hamsa”. *** …

Why I hate Paulo Coelho’s “The Alchemist”

4/10 Originally written in Portuguese, Paulo Coelho’s book follows the journey of an Andalusian shepherd  from Spain through North Africa …

Imperialism: The Highest Stage of Capitalism by Vladimir Lenin

6/10 I have never read a book full of so many enigmas. It is interesting, for example, that Lenin should …

The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli

8/10 Machiavelli. A historian, diplomat, writer, politician, activist, philosopher. What an incredible life this individual lived, fortunate enough to be …

The Twenty Years’ Crisis, 1919-1939 by E. H. Carr

9/10 This book is incredible – in fact, many people suggest that it should be required reading for all politics students. Edward …

The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus

9/10 I tried beginning this book three times; the first time in a hostel in the middle of Mostar; but …

The Dice Man by Luke Rinehart

7/10 ‘The rules are all around you. The rules that stop you seducing your neighbour downstairs, that stop you hitting …

The Devil in the Flesh by Raymond Radiguet

9/10 In this work of art, Raymond Radiguet asserts himself as that postmodern writer par excellence. The Frenchman demands respect …

Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky

8/10 Though I love to read, a technologically ever-changing environment of distractions occupying one’s time with leisurely activities and entertainment …