You know a thing or two about Putin and the Islamic State, right? Everyone does. If you want to learn more, however, skip the books that are claiming to tell you about either. At their worst, they are hack jobs; at best, same shit, different package.
Dump them. Try something different, try being different somehow. The soul of a trained dog won't get to heaven.
Here are two books I discovered (again, in Grillo's case) today - they are both elementary for getting a clearer picture of the world we live in.
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