If there is a criticism it is that, and also the unsettlingly piecemeal nature of some of the later passages in which paragraphs pile up on top of each other with no apparent cohesion
, although the condensing of 200 years' history into one slim volume tends unavoidably towards the episodic.
Analysts note that one reason for the apparent cohesion
among the insurgents is their complete rejection of the clan system that has splintered and deformed Somali politics since the 1991 overthrow of President Siad Barre.
This apparent cohesion
of Russian and Saudi energy policies is occurring against a backdrop in which the oil supply/demand balance is tighter than usual and long-term depletion rates are much higher than is generally recognised.