Section C Examples Written by Sturgis Students

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Said K. Aburish, The Last Arab. 

Written in 2004 by Aburish, this book is a recent biography of Gamal Abdel Nasser. Aburish is an Arab freelance journalist and a consultant to two Arab governments, who was born in 1935, and lived through the era when Nasser was in power. He attended a United States university and worked for The Daily Mail and Radio Free Europe. The purpose of this book is to tell the whole story about one of the most powerful men in the Arab world in the 20th century. 

This source has been valuable in my investigation. The book gives an overview of Nasser's entire life and allows the reader to gain knowledge about his young adulthood, during which he gained popularity. The story is a secondary source and is able to give the full impact of all the decisions that Nasser made. He leaves the reader to decide whether they think it was right. A limitation is the book gives information not relevant to the investigation, such as the time after the Six Day War. Also, the story is written by an Arab, and at times shows prejudice against Jews.  


"Six Days in June," Directed by Ilan Ziv. 

This source was produced in 2007 under the direction of Ziv. He was born in Israel in 1950, and started school at Tel Aviv University after being in the army. He fought in the Yom Kippur War in 1973, then moved to the United States and finished his schooling at NYU. He won the Best Documentary Award at Israel's Haifa International Film Festival for another film. The movie was distributed with the help of PBS. The purpose of the video was to inform others of the Six Day War, and it was used as a tool to remember what happened. The movie was released on the 40 year anniversary of the War. The film is meant to show that more was at play during the war than just Israel and Arabs.

The value of this film is that the film has both firsthand interviews and secondary sources with historians. The video also has interviews with firsthand sources, who tell their part in the war and most cases showing their view. The video shows both sides of the war, with interviews from Israeli officials as well as Arabs officials. A limitation is, in the interviews the officials portray their side as the just side in the war, only showing the faults of the other. The director is an Israeli and the film at times shows prejudice against Arabs.    

Examiner Comments: Your first limitation on the first source is invalid. (highlighted) Just because the book addresses material not relevant to your area of research doesn't make necessarily make it a limitation on the author's part. Otherwise, great job.




A good Example of a Limitation that Has a Valid Argument on a Translation Issue

This book is limited in some ways because, as the editor notes, most of what the CPUSA said was controlled by an outside entity of the international Communist Party, therefore the proposals in the book are not only ones of the CPUSA. Another limitation is the translation factor, as the editor states, many of these documents were translated from Russian or German at the time very hastily and not very well, making the message or proposals contained skewed.



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