Category: <span>Book reviews</span>

Category: Book reviews

“The Glorious Art of Peace: From the Iliad to Iraq” review

by John GittingsOxford University Press, 2011 Lesley Docksey John Gittings has chosen a very broad subject – the development of ‘peace consciousness’ from ancient Greece to the present day. He starts by looking at how Homer, rather than supporting the Trojan War, stresses the futility and violence of it. As …

“Failing Intelligence: The true story of how we were fooled into going to war in Iraq” review

by Brian JonesBiteback, 2010 With Iraq, dodgy dossiers and David Kelly in mind, this book is a must-read. Brian Jones was an intelligence official (he retired in 2003), and this is the story from the inside, making use of his personal knowledge of the system, the process that led us …

“The Nobel Peace Prize: What Nobel really wanted” review

by Fredrik HeffermehlPraeger (USA), 2010 Norwegian lawyer Heffermehl clearly and convincingly demonstrates that almost from the beginning, but especially in post World War II years, the executors of Nobel’s will, signed in 1895, failed to observe its terms. Instead they have many times stretched the word ‘peace’ to cover whatever …

“Remember War Make Peace: services, reflections, prayers and readings for Remembrance Sunday” review

by David Adam, Nick Fawcett, Ray Simpson, Christine TitmusKevin Mayhew, 2010(with free CD)  “Who is the slayer, who the victim? Speak.” Sophocles, 3rd Century BC. Remembrance Sunday is the time when the words we speak take on a particular power and significance. This collection was devised not as a substitute …

“The Secret Life of War – journeys through modern conflict” review

by Peter BeaumontVintage Books, 2010 This is a must-read book, beautifully and honestly written. Peter Beaumont, as the Observer’s chief foreign correspondent, has covered many conflicts. Drawing on his notes and memories of people and places, he explores what happens to those whose lives become ruled by war. Whether soldiers, …