Tag Archive | Middle East

James Donaldson’s Book Review – The Forever War by Dexter Filkins

The Forever War allows us a visceral understanding of today’s battlefields and of the experiences of the people on the ground, warriors and innocents alike. It is a brilliant, fearless work, not just about America’s wars after 9/11, but ultimately about the nature of war itself. This was a fascinating book that took you read into […]

James Donaldson’s Book Review – The Devil We Don’t Know: The Dark Side of Revolutions in the Middle East by Nonie Darwish

This was a hard-hitting, straight to the point approach of the various dynamics in the Middle East, since the “Arab Spring.” I think that the author could use a more diplomatic and unbiased approach, but she obviously has a huge beef to raise against the religion of Islam and the Muslim people. I don’t think […]

James Donaldson’s Book Review – Libya and Change: How it Happened by Thomas Hodge

This is a short quick read and look at Libya and also the ruling family that was headed by Gaddafi. Gadhafi came to power in 1969. And ruled until his death by assassination in 2013. His fatal mistake was the fact that he continued to oppress the lower classes of people, and alienate his military […]

James Donaldson’s Book Review – The Rise of Isis: A Terror We Can’t Ignore by Jay Sekulow

A quick but relatively insightful look at the “Rise of Isis”.  The terrorist group that is arisen in the Middle East.  The book focuses on the beginning of Isis and it’s spreading from other so-called terrorist group supportive States over the last 20 years or so (especially since 9/11), and going into their philosophical ways […]

James Donaldson’s Book Review – The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road To 9/11 by Lawrence Wright

          http://www.audible.com/search/ref=a_newreleas_tseft?advsearchKeywords=the+looming+tower&filterby=field-keywords&x=0&y=0&sprefixRefmarker=nb_sb_ss_i_0_11&sprefix=the+looming A fascinating look at life in Afghanistan under the Taliban rule. The CIA was fully aware of the plot for 9/11, approximately 18 months before it actually took place.  But since they failed to divulge the top-secret information to the FBI, and other government authorities, the United States suffered […]

James Donaldson’s Book Review – The Ayatollah’s Beg to Differ: The Paradox of Modern-Day Iran by Hooman Majd

http://www.audible.com/pd/Nonfiction/The-Ayatollah-Begs-to-Differ-Audiobook/B002V8H8VI I read this book with a great deal of interest and fascination into the world of the Ayatollah’s/Islam/Modern Day Iran.  With Iran being in the headlines on a more frequent and regular basis (At least since the days of the captive hostages during Pres. Carter’s administration), mainly because of the “attempts to rein in […]

James Donaldson’s Book Review – Beyond Bin Laden by Jon Meacham

  http://www.audible.com/pd/Nonfiction/Beyond-Bin-Laden-Audiobook/B004ZZOIUY   Authors Jon Meacham, James Baker, Karen Hughes, Richard Haas and Bing West all come together to give an excellent portrayal of the life and times of Osama bin Laden.   These are all experts in the field and this book, Beyond Bin Laden, really is hard-hitting, fact filled, and shows just what […]