Amartya Sen's 2006 book Identity and Violence:The Illusions of Destiny is one of those books you don't really like, but don't hate either. Sen, a Nobel prize winning economist and former Cambridge professor, spends the greater part of 200 pages writing about globalization, religious fundamentalism, terrorism and the "clash of civilizations" only to leave the reader, feeling, well slightly ripped off. Sen is at his best when he makes his points with dry humor, anecdotes and historical examples. Unfortunately he falters when he philosophizes. He also becomes repetitive, especially toward the end of the book.
As far as I'm concerned, the jury is still out regarding Amartya Sen. In the future I hope to read at least one more of his books. But to be honest, so far I'm not impressed.