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.
“King Abdullah closes the book with his hope of success and his fear of failure in the process. The title, Our Last Best Chance is not accidentally chosen.
“This work contributes to the current military-political literature with its clarity of vision, its minimization of the slant of right leaning biases, and is exemplary presentation of how s
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“. . . a brief but well-written exposition on a historical figure who was both maligned and misunderstood when it comes to written Jewish and Russian history.”
Andrew Feinstein’s The Shadow World is aptly named because it describes in intimate detail the world of arms suppliers and other miscreants who interface with the arms trade throughout the
“Despite its strife riven past, Jerusalem is a vibrant, beautiful city, and the extensive history covered in Jerusalem: The Biography helps to bring its past alive.”
Picture a league full of pro players, several from the United States and the rest from Canada, the Dominican Republic, Colombia, New Zealand, Japan, Australia, and the Ukraine—all playing on a base