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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Book Review : 'The 51 Day War' by Max Blumenthal

When I first got this book, I was still in my 9th Grade. The crisis situation in Gaza came to me as a shock more than anything else. I had drone sounds playing in the head when I tried to sleep. It was a case of psychosis I wouldn't speak at all about. All of these compelled me to maintain distance until this year. And then, it took me almost an entire academic year to go through the pages. It is not a very lengthy doctrine - in fact it is brief in terms of depiction and cohesive only in a certain philosophical sense. What was pathetically tough was the dangerously naked description and portrayal of the war provided in every single nook of the book. Not for one tiny moment did Blumenthal shy away from admitting the chronological happening of the events that constituted the war and were in turn, constituted by post-war sensitisation of the issue by the 'liberal' media in the West.

The entire book is an original portrayal of events that took place, and there is no digression into the depths of the eloquent array of crises born out of it from a very academic perspective. So, if you are on a look-out for documentation that substantiates predetermined course material, this would not be of much use to you unless you're trying to change the shape of how academics, especially in Social Sciences functions in the modern times. If, on the other hand - you want to learn a thing or two about investigative journalism and how to focus on facts within an otherwise diplomatic discipline like, say International Relations or Sociology, this book could definitely help. 
The statistical inference included in the book typically tries to stay as authentic as possible and there is hardly any instances where dilusion of facts is visible. As a matter of fact, it was quite baffling to believe how a book like that ever got published in the modern times, after all that we have been subject to in the last three decades. 

Also, the tenacity to survive in a place where there is constant and consistent shelling, missile attacks, bombing and bullets fired out of nowhere is quite admirable. If it weren't for an even more crisp criticism of the UN officials and the fake role that the organisation as a conglomerate plays there, the book would have been a complete 10/10. But I doubt if the American Censor board would allow that anyway. 

Apart from a conscious critique of the state and not the immediate institutions that play a role in executing the commands that are initiated by people who march to the beats of the drummer above altogether, the book is a good account of the truest of events that actually occurred and unfortunately is recurring in Syria for decades and decades and decades. 

As far as the idea of scoring goes, it is not entirely unfavourable, even from the perspective of sheer anarchy. If that be the case, then I would give it a 4/5 stars, since it lags behind in the ideation part. And once you're throwing the reader in an utterly miserable dystopia that looks like hell has come alive (which is well the true case and has been since forever) - you're supposed to guide them towards thinking about creating a solution, whether existent or not is something that you do not take up in your hands. Since unguided Nihilism
is what they want to spread through the surface of the planet like an epidemic, it would be safe to suggest that we focus on lifting that veil in each and every form possible. 

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