This is a life raft for anyone who finds themselves floundering amidst a sea of ten second sound bytes, wishing they had a better grasp of complexities of world politics and global issues. Clear, concise language sets the record straight on a diverse range of topics as Potter presents answers to fifty-seven questions about the world we live in starting with “What is jihad?” and concluding with “What is Iran up to?”. Lest you think this volume is just about the middle east, think again as Potter addresses questions like “Is Bush actually stupid?”, “Is fair trade a good thing?”, “Is there anything wrong with disposable nappies?” and “Is there still a war in Chechnya?” to list a few. Important information including the latest research on environmental issues and the history behind current events worldwide is presented in enough detail to be useful without overwhelming readers with too much making for a balanced, informed reference guide. Note the date on this article may be incorrect due to importing it from our old system.