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Gonzalez-Trevijano, Pedro
Dragones de la política
BookID 150097713
ISBN 9788481098563
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My review: 3.5/5This book review is actually covering two books

Both share the unusual concept, but show how the "persona" of the writer can affect negatively or positively a book.

The first one "Dragones de la politica", with a foreword from Mario Vargas Llosa, uses a mythological figure as a representation of the behaviour of few famous (mainly military) leaders of the past.

Sometimes the discussion is a little bit stretched, there are probably too many that are relavant only to a Spanish-speaking audience (well, the book is in Spanish), but overall the book is intriguing.

The book becomes even amusing, at times, as the author gently guides us through bits and pieces of history and facts (or something seemingly cast in stone), but almost never imposing himself.

If the first book focused on the "winning side" (also of those that, eventually, were to lose their most important challenge), the other book, "I vinti", from the title shows its aim.

As the author says, there are losers who actually, if had been winners, would have had a positive impact that the actually winners didn't have.

A little bit too "iffy" a proposition, but if the author had adopted the same style of the one of "Dragones", the book could have been more convincing.

Instead, the author of "I vinti" too often goes onto never ending, always repeating tirades that resurface across the book, whatever the nominal subject of the chapter.

Moreover, while "Dragones" delivers sketches, "I vinti" tries to give comprehensive blueprints but using only shadows, those in the mind of the author.

Disappointing, but still an interesting concept that, here and there, gives justice to the choices of the author.

It is probably just a matter of taste- but, if I spend time reading a book, I except to be challenged, intrigued, surprised- not bored as when, at the end of a conference, there are those in the audience that ask to make a question- and start a conference hijacking the audience...

Maybe next book?
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