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Last Updated: 09/20/2004Books Received II
Recent Books Received
Two on Terrorism..By and Against the State
Yevgeny Primakov, A World Challenged: Fighting Terrorism in the Twent-First Century, Brookings Institution Press, 204, pp. 150
The author was Russian prime minsiter 1998-9, and like Putin, was heavily involved in a career in the Soviet secret services. He calls for a greater role for Russia in major international crises, a careful management of relationships with Russia's biggest trading partner, the EU, and for mixing military strength and negotiations in settling matters with the Chechens.
Frederick H Gareau, State Terrorism and the US: from counter insurgency to the War on Terrorism, Zed Books, 2004, 99 254
Frederick H Gareau is a professor at Florida State University. Quoting Cardinal Arns of Sao Paulo: "this entire book is written in blood and with much blood for my country", he says "I echo these words with great love for my own country, the United States". In his indictment of US support for what he calls state terrorism, the author is clearly hoping for his beloved country to mend its ways and calls for a Truth Commission for Washington.
Two on Globalization..Yale and Oxford Defend Globalization
Martin Wolf, Why Globalization Works, Yale University Press, 2004, pp.399
Advanced reviewers have dubbed this book: "brilliant", "a devastating critique", "deeply reasoned and cogent", one of whom was the Governor of the Bank of England. The Economist liked it too. It is not surprising. It is an excellent defence of globalization and its critics. Another Fabian bites the dust.
Jagdish Bhagwati, In Defense of Globalization, Oxford University Press, 2004, pp.304
Bhagwati is an old hand and has pretty well seen it all, especially as a fan of "growth" and later of "development economics". This is a well written defence, and some reviewers have called it humorous, strange for an economics text. Some might feel it verges on the flippant.