Not only was this a fantastic introduction to this highly contentious and emotional subject, but it was also one of the clearest and most easily understood books I have ever read. The author assumes very little prior knowledge and even goes so far as to explain terms and expressions that he feels might not be know to the reader (eg. he explains Apartheid and the term Raison detre). This is a pet hate of mine as I am sick of writers using uncommon words and expressions without explaining them, thereby making their texts harder to understand for the average person not versed in academia.
To someone new to the field, this book seems to be quite objective as it simply goes through the events and the motivations behind them without emotional bias, which is quite a feat in itself considering the amount of senseless killing that has occurred on both sides of this war.
If like me, your only source of information on this conflict as been the mass media and you want to know more, buy this book.