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BOOK REVIEWS lessen that possibility. With the republics of the Middle East currently in revolution, and monarchies like Qatar seeming islands of stability, Fromherz’s analysis deserves a closer look. Similarly, a close study of the elaborate political strategy of Sheikh Hamad is even timelier with his relinquishing of power to his son in March 2013. Qatar: A Modern History reads more like a reference work than an argument about Qatar’s past and future, with some sections being encyclopedic. Few would want to read it from cover to cover. Despite lifting the veil off Qatar’s official history, it nonetheless gives the ruling family a generous amount of latitude. The 85 percent of the population without Qatari citizenship is mentioned ominously at points, but definitely downplayed in the text. Even with these caveats, Fromherz’s study is essential reading for anyone with a deep interest in Qatar and the future of the Gulf monarchies. Col. David D. DiMeo, U.S. Army, Retired, Bowling Green, Kentucky STALIN’S GENERAL: The Life of Georgy Zhukov Geoffrey Roberts, Random House, New York, 2012, 375 pages, $30.00 P rominent historian Geoffrey Roberts’ book, Stalin’s General: The Life of Georgy Zhukov, focuses on the Soviet Union during World War II. Roberts’ attention is on the Great Patriotic War’s hero, Gen. Georgy Zhukov. Roberts argues that Zhukov was the best all-around general of World War II. However, this major point doesn’t come until the concluding chapter of the book and then comes as a surprise. Roberts uses the preceding chapters to provide a strong biography of Zhukov and his rise to greatness. Roberts researched the Russian State Military Archives and combed over Zhukov’s memoirs to provide a vivid image of a Soviet success story. Zhukov was born in 1896 to a peasant family and began work as a furrier at age 12. He was later conscripted into the Tsarist army in World War I, where he was wounded and decorated for bravery. He joined the Red Army in 1917 and fought with the Bolsheviks during the Russian civil war. Roberts poi