Middle East

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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.

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After thousands of years in a state of wandering statelessness, the modern state of Israel came into existence in 1948.

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“a harsh but necessary look at where America has been in the Middle East . . .”

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“If you want to understand the rise and evolution of Hezbollah . . . this is a good place to start.”

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“A good primer on Islamic militancy for anyone who lives anywhere in the world today.”

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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

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“succeeds admirably in reexamining the battle of Gallipoli . . .”

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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.

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The Warrior State is compelling, thought provoking, and extremely well written, without the wordiness and redundancy that seem to plague academic

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“This is not a memoir. It is a political polemic. . . . the biggest problem is Soueif’s blind devotion.

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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.

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“. . . an impressive and unprecedented compendium of research . . . a veritable slog.”

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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.

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“The result is a timely, thought provoking, and highly readable study.”

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Reading the latest crop of books about Israel, a reviewer has the sense of reading half a book at a time.

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“. . . 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.

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“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.

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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.”

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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

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“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.”

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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

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