Michael Burleigh Small Wars, Faraway Places

ISBN 13: 9780330529488

Small Wars, Faraway Places

4.06 avg rating
( 248 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780330529488: Small Wars, Faraway Places
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

The collapse of Western colonial empires after the Second World War led to any number of vicious struggles for power whose bloody consequences haunt us still. Acclaimed historian Michael Burleigh's brilliant analytic skills and clear eye for common themes underpins this powerful account of those struggles.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Michael Burleigh was born and educated in London. He was an academic for eighteen years before deciding to write full-time in 2001. He has won three major film awards for television documentaries (including 'Selling Murder' which won a BFI award) as well as the 2001 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction for The Third Reich: A New History (Pan) and in 2012 he was awarded Italy's prestigious Nonino International Master of His Time Prize (previous recipients include V.S. Naipaul, Claudio Magris and Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie). He is married and lives in London.

Review:

“A well-researched and readable account of two tumultuous decades... Burleigh has synthesized a wide range of material to create a valuable introduction to the political and military events of the early Cold War.”
New York Times Sunday Book Review
 
“Michael Burleigh chronicles the end of the British, French and Dutch empires in the wake of World War II and looks into what replaced them and why, a topic, he argues, that has special relevance because ‘generals and military experts have ransacked this period for “how to do it” lessons for contemporary Iraq and Afghanistan.’.... It is a rollicking journey in the company of such dynamic figures as British Gen. Gerald Templer, who won the Malayan Emergency and popularized the phrase ‘hearts and minds,’ and French President Charles de Gaulle, who lost Algeria after a brutal counterinsurgency campaign that relied heavily upon torture.”
—John A. Nagl, Wall Street Journal
 
“Burleigh provides short accounts of subjects as far afield as the birth of Israel, the origins of the containment doctrine, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Korean War, the Malayan Emergency, the Mau-Mau uprising in Kenya, and the Suez Crisis. This is an enjoyable, breezy read—perfect for a lazy afternoon at the beach—and it is full of nicely evocative descriptions... Burleigh has a particularly good eye for the telling detail.”
—Max Boot, National Review
 
“Burleigh writes with engaging wit.”
—John M. Taylor, The Washington Times
 
“A brilliant, complex, contradictory story, replete with character and incident, pungent and pithy and refreshingly free of preaching. . . . The author delights in the detail, the small moment illustrating a large truth.”
—Ben MacIntyre, The Times (London)
 
“Burleigh nails his cast of politicians, generals and revolutionaries to turn the page in a series of ruthlessly observed character sketches.”
—Keith Lowe, author of Savage Continent
 
“The book contains a series of vivid, vigorous narratives, illuminated by telling snippets of information, compelling but rarely flattering portraits of the key characters and some trenchant judgments. Burleigh has little interest in grand theories and does not dwell on the deep, impersonal social and economic forces at work or the big ideas that gripped collective imaginations. Instead he concentrates on the choices made by flawed and fallible men (and in this book they are almost all men) in the turbulent two decades from 1945 to 1965.”
—Lawrence Freedman, The Washington Post

“With Small Wars, Faraway Places, Michael Burleigh offers a penetrating and often sardonic narrative of the struggles that formed the world as we know it. Blending engaging characters sketches and telling vignettes with geopolitical analysis, he presents the two decades after 1945 from a vantage point that provides illuminating perspective.... Burleigh’s wide-ranging account brings out the relationship between political challenge and response, along with the difficulties in understanding very different societies from the outside.”
—William Anthony Hay, The American Conservative
 
“Slyly humorous and wonderfully detailed, Burleigh’s vivid narrative does justice to the lesser-known struggles of a complex era.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review
 
“Burleigh is an equal opportunity moralist, not an ideologue, and he stalks his prey with feline grace. . . . This is a story of personalities as much as one of geological shifts, and Burleigh is a master of bringing it alive with sharp character insights.”
—Christopher Silvester, Financial Times
 
"The new book 'Small Wars, Faraway Places' is the vault of knowledge that followers of current events have been seeking.... From the Mau-Mau Emergency in Kenya to the Korean War... to the French misadventure in Indochina and the clash between Arab nationalism and Zionism in the British Mandate in Palestine, Burleigh traces 18 distinct story lines of terrorism, counter-terrorism, intrigue, nationalism, and Cold War rivalry. With these stories, the reader can find the tangled roots on nearly all of today's nasty hotspots; he or she can even foresee the sort of messes that modern-day conflicts are likely to create down the road, using Burleigh's patient documentation of troubled areas like Malaya and Algeria as templates.... That 'Small Wars' eschews easy answers or one-size-fits-all theories about the conflicts that it documents is a tribute to its author."
The Christian Science Monitor

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Michael Burleigh
Published by Pan MacMillan, United Kingdom (2014)
ISBN 10: 033052948X ISBN 13: 9780330529488
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Pan MacMillan, United Kingdom, 2014. Paperback. Condition: New. Reprints. Language: English . Brand New Book. The collapse of Western colonial empires in the twenty years after the Second World War led to a series of vicious struggles for power - in Africa, Asia and the Middle East - whose bloody consequences haunt us still. Acclaimed historian Michael Burleigh s brilliant analytic skills and clear eye for common themes underpins this powerful account of those conflicts. He takes us on a historical journey from Algeria to Cuba, from Malaysia to Palestine, and from Kenya to Vietnam and, in so doing, he reframes mid-twentieth-century history by forcing us to look away from the Cold War to the hot wars that continue to afflict us. The result is a dazzling work of history, which examines the death of colonialism with passion, insight and genuine understanding of what it feels like to be caught in the middle of realpolitik. Seller Inventory # AA79780330529488

More Information About This Seller | Contact this Seller

Buy New
US$ 15.86
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Burleigh, Michael
Published by Pan (2014)
ISBN 10: 033052948X ISBN 13: 9780330529488
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
The Monster Bookshop
(Fleckney, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Pan, 2014. Paperback. Condition: New. BRAND NEW ** SUPER FAST SHIPPING FROM UK WAREHOUSE ** 30 DAY MONEY BACK GUARANTEE. Seller Inventory # mon0001123024

More Information About This Seller | Contact this Seller

Buy New
US$ 17.36
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 2.76
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Michael Burleigh
Published by Pan MacMillan, United Kingdom (2014)
ISBN 10: 033052948X ISBN 13: 9780330529488
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Book Depository International
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Pan MacMillan, United Kingdom, 2014. Paperback. Condition: New. Unabridged edition. Language: English . Brand New Book. The collapse of Western colonial empires in the twenty years after the Second World War led to a series of vicious struggles for power - in Africa, Asia and the Middle East - whose bloody consequences haunt us still.Acclaimed historian Michael Burleigh s brilliant analytic skills and clear eye for common themes underpins this powerful account of those conflicts. He takes us on a historical journey from Algeria to Cuba, from Malaysia to Palestine, and from Kenya to Vietnam and, in so doing, he reframes mid-twentieth-century history by forcing us to look away from the Cold War to the hot wars that continue to afflict us.The result is a dazzling work of history, which examines the death of colonialism with passion, insight and genuine understanding of what it feels like to be caught in the middle of realpolitik. Seller Inventory # AA79780330529488

More Information About This Seller | Contact this Seller

Buy New
US$ 20.12
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Burleigh, Michael
Published by Pan Macmillan UK
ISBN 10: 033052948X ISBN 13: 9780330529488
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Mediaoutlet12345
(Springfield, VA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Pan Macmillan UK. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 033052948X *BRAND NEW* Ships Same Day or Next!. Seller Inventory # SWATI2122648548

More Information About This Seller | Contact this Seller

Buy New
US$ 17.13
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Burleigh, Michael
Published by Pan (2014)
ISBN 10: 033052948X ISBN 13: 9780330529488
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Rating
[?]

Book Description Pan, 2014. Condition: New. Longlisted for the 2013 Samuel Johnson Prize, a trenchant and thought-provoking account of the death of empire by one of our finest historians Num Pages: 608 pages, maps (black and white). BIC Classification: 3JJPG; 3JJPK; HBG; HBLW3; HBWS. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 199 x 130 x 39. Weight in Grams: 438. . 2014. Paperback. . . . . . Seller Inventory # V9780330529488

More Information About This Seller | Contact this Seller

Buy New
US$ 21.17
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From Ireland to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Burleigh, Michael
Published by Pan
ISBN 10: 033052948X ISBN 13: 9780330529488
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Kennys Bookstore
(Olney, MD, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Pan. Condition: New. Longlisted for the 2013 Samuel Johnson Prize, a trenchant and thought-provoking account of the death of empire by one of our finest historians Num Pages: 608 pages, maps (black and white). BIC Classification: 3JJPG; 3JJPK; HBG; HBLW3; HBWS. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 199 x 130 x 39. Weight in Grams: 438. . 2014. Paperback. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Seller Inventory # V9780330529488

More Information About This Seller | Contact this Seller

Buy New
US$ 21.18
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Michael Burleigh
ISBN 10: 033052948X ISBN 13: 9780330529488
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
BWB
(Valley Stream, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Condition: New. Depending on your location, this item may ship from the US or UK. Seller Inventory # 97803305294880000000

More Information About This Seller | Contact this Seller

Buy New
US$ 22.19
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Michael Burleigh
Published by Pan (2014)
ISBN 10: 033052948X ISBN 13: 9780330529488
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Rating
[?]

Book Description Pan, 2014. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # GH9780330529488

More Information About This Seller | Contact this Seller

Buy New
US$ 19.05
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.66
From Germany to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Michael Burleigh
Published by Pan
ISBN 10: 033052948X ISBN 13: 9780330529488
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
THE SAINT BOOKSTORE
(Southport, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Pan. Paperback. Condition: New. New copy - Usually dispatched within 2 working days. Seller Inventory # B9780330529488

More Information About This Seller | Contact this Seller

Buy New
US$ 13.36
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 9.64
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Michael Burleigh
ISBN 10: 033052948X ISBN 13: 9780330529488
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Grand Eagle Retail
(Wilmington, DE, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2014. Paperback. Condition: New. Reprints. Paperback. The collapse of Western colonial empires after the Second World War led to any number of vicious struggles for power whose bloody consequences haunt us still. Acclaimed historian Michael B.Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. 608 pages. 0.642. Seller Inventory # 9780330529488

More Information About This Seller | Contact this Seller

Buy New
US$ 23.77
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book