I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I Don’t Know… am really not sure how to feel about this book, and the more I thought about it, something came to mind — the delicious lyrics and worldly wisdom of Ozzy Osbourne. I would say that 2/3rds of this book is an interesting, and extremely up-to-date discussion about the problems which have faced the ‘West’ over the past 15 years; the problems of waging war in an asymmetric environment; and the rise of, or evolution of the ISIS movement, and America’s role in the protogenesis of that movement. (War Pigs)
And then for no apparent reason, it’s all aboard the goddamn Crazy Train as the author takes a left turn into a much more partisan discussion of the environment, climate change denial, and assorted other related topics. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t necessarily disagree with the author’s politics, or his point of view… I just don’t understand what it is doing in the middle of this book, as though he thought he might slip in a few chapters to send his message to people trying to learn about irregular wars…
But never fear, after he has a little Paranoid Bark at the Moon, he manages to get back on the Road to Nowhere, and finishes off with a final discussion back on the original topic of the book. And that is the central problem with this book for me – by derailing itself, it lost some of the impact that could have been wound into a solid conclusion.
There are other books out there written about ISIS, and other books about the failures of the governments of our world. I don’t think the book made the best use of its time, spreading itself too thin across the material.