A well-crafted, if sometimes-difficult, religious treatise.



A detailed exposition of prophetic writings related to the biblical kingdom of Babylon.

Mattiello’s debut frames world history as Satan’s epic struggle for survival and dominance in the midst of God’s creation. He says that Satan, having convinced the human race to disobey God through the exercise of free will, went on to structure society in a way that was conducive to his own plans. Ultimately, the author asserts, the devil can be blamed for the most evil aspects of geopolitics across the centuries—but it’s his use of idolatry, he says, which truly turns human hearts against God and “leads to division among people.” Furthermore, he points out, “he promotes [idolatry] by subtly embedding it in our culture” via materialism and global trade. With this background in mind, Mattiello takes readers on a journey through history, connecting empires, wars, and religions to a wide range of biblical prophecies, especially as found in the Old Testament’s book of Daniel and the New Testament’s book of Revelation. Babylon is the one true unifying theme of the work, as Mattiello posits that it was not merely a kingdom of ancient history, but also that, in Scripture, it represents the power of Satan’s earthly kingdom, which will come to destruction in the end times. Mattiello has painstakingly researched and written this work, which displays years’ worth of study and consideration. Writers have attempted to decipher such prophecies for centuries, but readers will find that Mattiello goes further than most, tying modern occurrences to these ancient visions; he sees the struggles of modern Israel, the rise of militant Islam, the increasingly secular nature of Europe, and many other trends as proof that the last days are imminent. The final product is intriguing, if often densely formatted; indeed, the book’s subject matter may seem quite foreign to readers who haven’t steeped themselves in prophecy studies.

A well-crafted, if sometimes-difficult, religious treatise.

Pub Date: Jan. 16, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-973612-56-8

Page Count: 326

Publisher: Westbow Press

Review Posted Online: May 22, 2018

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If the authors are serious, this is a silly, distasteful book. If they are not, it’s a brilliant satire.


The authors have created a sort of anti-Book of Virtues in this encyclopedic compendium of the ways and means of power.

Everyone wants power and everyone is in a constant duplicitous game to gain more power at the expense of others, according to Greene, a screenwriter and former editor at Esquire (Elffers, a book packager, designed the volume, with its attractive marginalia). We live today as courtiers once did in royal courts: we must appear civil while attempting to crush all those around us. This power game can be played well or poorly, and in these 48 laws culled from the history and wisdom of the world’s greatest power players are the rules that must be followed to win. These laws boil down to being as ruthless, selfish, manipulative, and deceitful as possible. Each law, however, gets its own chapter: “Conceal Your Intentions,” “Always Say Less Than Necessary,” “Pose as a Friend, Work as a Spy,” and so on. Each chapter is conveniently broken down into sections on what happened to those who transgressed or observed the particular law, the key elements in this law, and ways to defensively reverse this law when it’s used against you. Quotations in the margins amplify the lesson being taught. While compelling in the way an auto accident might be, the book is simply nonsense. Rules often contradict each other. We are told, for instance, to “be conspicuous at all cost,” then told to “behave like others.” More seriously, Greene never really defines “power,” and he merely asserts, rather than offers evidence for, the Hobbesian world of all against all in which he insists we live. The world may be like this at times, but often it isn’t. To ask why this is so would be a far more useful project.

If the authors are serious, this is a silly, distasteful book. If they are not, it’s a brilliant satire.

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 1998

ISBN: 0-670-88146-5

Page Count: 430

Publisher: Viking

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 1998

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This a book of earlier, philosophical essays concerned with the essential "absurdity" of life and the concept that- to overcome the strong tendency to suicide in every thoughtful man-one must accept life on its own terms with its values of revolt, liberty and passion. A dreary thesis- derived from and distorting the beliefs of the founders of existentialism, Jaspers, Heldegger and Kierkegaard, etc., the point of view seems peculiarly outmoded. It is based on the experience of war and the resistance, liberally laced with Andre Gide's excessive intellectualism. The younger existentialists such as Sartre and Camus, with their gift for the terse novel or intense drama, seem to have omitted from their philosophy all the deep religiosity which permeates the work of the great existentialist thinkers. This contributes to a basic lack of vitality in themselves, in these essays, and ten years after the war Camus seems unaware that the life force has healed old wounds... Largely for avant garde aesthetes and his special coterie.

Pub Date: Sept. 26, 1955

ISBN: 0679733736

Page Count: 228

Publisher: Knopf

Review Posted Online: Sept. 19, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1955

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