You don’t expect a modern history of Algeria to be a book with a lot of jokes in it. Surprisingly, Algeria: Anger of the Dispossessed by Martin Evans and John Phillips has many. But they are of the blackest variety and quoted by the authors to illustrate the utter terror the Algerian people ‘lived through’ (if they were fortunate) during much of the 1990s when, after the army had moved to stop the Islamic Salvation Front, or FIS, taking power through the ballot box, more than 150,000 people, mostly innocent civilians, were killed.
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'"Dutch Light" roots its subject in his local environment, explaining, for example, how an abundance of sand for making glass led naturally to a thriving business in optical instruments in Holland.'
Patricia Fara on the life & work of Christiaan Huygens.
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'We may not be able to shield ourselves from irrational passions such as hatred, anger, envy, mockery and pride, or from the buffetings of circumstance, but we can rise above them by obtaining insight into their nature and their causes.'