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Interesting read but full of errors
on 21 March 2014
This book is a readable introduction to the history and politics of the Middle Elast. However, I have never read a book with so many typos. It really detracts from the quality and makes one question the accuracy of the content. It seems the author sat down and just brain dumped on the page, with little or no subsequent editing.
The author has a clear pro-American bias (despite what he claims - any doubt about the bias is dispelled in the very opiniated last chapter) and from what I can find online, has no particular background or expertise in this region of the world (there is no 'author introduction' in the book, at least in the Kindle version). The book also contains very few references or quotations so I really wonder how correct much of it is. It also misses out vast sections of the Middle East, spending most of the time on Iran, Iraq, Saudi and Israel with little or no mention of the UAE, Oman, Yemen, Syria, Lebanon or Jordan.
In summary, readable but deeply flawed.