As a rule, reviewers generally don’t and shouldn’t personally insert themselves into a review.
"straight-forward, provocative, and insightful book."
“Daring to Drive is a testament to how women in Muslim countries are helping change their culture, one step at a time.”
“concise yet sweeping history of warfare in the Middle East from 1798 to present is an excellent introductory volume to understanding how geography, culture, religion, politics, and economi
“For those interested in an introductory volume about the Jewish people and Israeli history, this book is highly recommended.”
The front cover of The Battle for Syria shows a hand composed of the flags of regional and international powers reaching across a bullet-ridden map of Syria.
“The global balance of power was never really the same after the Suez or Hungarian Crisis . . .”
Meredith Tax is to be commended for her thorough and well-documented book about the history and politics of a region of the world most people know very little about.
After thousands of years in a state of wandering statelessness, the modern state of Israel came into existence in 1948.
“a harsh but necessary look at where America has been in the Middle East . . .”
Marriage is impossible.
“refreshing, interesting, and engaging.”
“If you want to understand the rise and evolution of Hezbollah . . . this is a good place to start.”
“A good primer on Islamic militancy for anyone who lives anywhere in the world today.”
Although it was the longest war of the 20th century and caused over a million casualties, the Iran-Iraq War is largely forgotten by the Western world outside of a few military analysts and Middle E
“succeeds admirably in reexamining the battle of Gallipoli . . .”
Killing a King by Dan Ephron is extraordinary in its detail as a behind the scenes account of both the Oslo Peace Accords and the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.
“The Warrior State is compelling, thought provoking, and extremely well written, without the wordiness and redundancy that seem to plague academic
“This is not a memoir. It is a political polemic. . . . the biggest problem is Soueif’s blind devotion.
Mention the news company, Al Jazeera, and it’s likely the response will not be without a strong opinion of the Qatar-based news network.
“. . . an impressive and unprecedented compendium of research . . . a veritable slog.”
Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly, and the Making of the Modern Middle East sets the framework for a revisiting of the T. E.
“The result is a timely, thought provoking, and highly readable study.”
Reading the latest crop of books about Israel, a reviewer has the sense of reading half a book at a time.
“. . . we as historians are in debt to the life and work of Dr. Lewis.”
As an historian, this reviewer found reading Notes on a Century an unexpected pleasure.