A History of the Arab Peoples by Albert Hourani was taking me too long. So I decided to not finish it. Though I have no doubt it was accurate, it was not my style of writing. Read more like a dissertation than a book.

The last time I had an experience like this with a book, it really took the joy out of reading. And as I explained to my Tom, if it’s not fun, and not something I have to read… then I am not going to!

So I wouldn’t recommend this book unless a person were doing a report or study of some kind and needed the information. It is not really something that it makes sense to read from front to back.


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