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From Muhammed to Burj Khalifa: A Crash Course in 2,000 Years of Middle East History by [Rank, Michael]
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About the Author

Michael Rank is a doctoral candidate in Middle East history. He has studied Turkish, Arabic, Persian, and Armenian, but can still pull out a rurual Midwestern accent if need be. He also worked as a journalist in Istanbul for nearly a decade and reported on religion and human rights. He is the author of the #1 Amazon best-seller “From Muhammed to Burj Khalifa: A Crash Course in 2,000 Years of Middle East History,” and “History's Worst Dictators: A Short Guide to the Most Brutal Leaders, From Emperor Nero to Ivan the Terrible.”

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1994 KB
  • Print Length: 110 pages
  • Publisher: Five Minute Books (9 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ALIQ5E6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #233,600 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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For someone well aware of 20th century post WW1 history, this book gives a good snapshot of middle eastern history that I was not aware of, thus helping make more sense of issues affecting this part of the world right now.

This excellent resource breaks down individual chunks of Middle Eastern history into sizable easy to understand chunks that goes a long way to being able to understand what is behind the news and why the middle east is where it is today - an excellent and very helpful resource, which I will read again at some point

Peter Davies
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Like a lot of westerners I have little understanding of the problems in the Middle East but this book covers 2,000 years of Middle East history from pre-Islamic beginnings to the life of Muhammed to the Arab Spring, and everything in between.

Written by Michael Rank, a former journalist and Ottoman historian, it connects the events of the past with the Middle East conflicts of today giving the reader a better understanding of the current situation. It shows that issues such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Iranian nuclear crisis, and human rights problems all stem from deeply-rooted historical issues.

Despite the heavy subject matter, the book is a very fast read and very easy to understand. The subjects are broken up into 25 sections, with each one taking about 5-10 minutes to read. If you don't know much about the Middle East and want to sound informed about the region's history and contemporary politics in the fastest and easiest way possible, then this book is a great place to go.
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I am glad to have gotten this book because I love the way the info is broken down into bite size chapters of the historical events and actually look forward to educating myself reading it. Many of the chapters have information which are completely new to me. I thoroughly look forward to reading this book fully and definitely recommend it to anyone who has an interest in history.
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I thought the book was a good read, there was a lot to take in, but the author has managed it effectively . Worth a read.
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Very smooth. Thoroughly covered the history of Islam, some of the information may not be accurate, such it says that prophet Muhammad is buried in Makkah, which is not correct. He is buried in Madina.
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This is a great book - very informative and easy to read; I really liked the bite-sized chapters that I could just pick up and read when I had 5 minutes spare.
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It does the job, with one chapter for each large subject. clearly one should expect superficiality.

As an example, claiming the Israelis have won Wars, because their soldiers are fierce and trained in "brutal" Israeli martial art of krav maga, is like many other points empty propaganda. (In one of many mistakes the Arab World did not pursue their overwhelming numerical advantage in soldiers and weaponry in 1948, instead they more than doubled Israel's population by dispossessing and expelling nearly 1m Jews from Arab Lands, an unnecessary, counterproductive gesture). The Israeli soldiers are mostly better educated than their enemy, the overall command and control is one of the best in the World and they are fighting for their lives, they can only lose once, claiming they are good at hand to hand fighting, as a factor is not relevant, but excellent propaganda!).

I could write similar corrections on most chapters, but the book is aimed at people who otherwise know nothing and for that it serves the purposes and the inaccuracies can be excused.
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I think as a very high level pamphlet this does a pretty good job of setting out some of the chronology of events in the middle east with some interesting facts thrown in. The claims made at the head of each chapter are a bit rich and would require much more in depth text to follow in order to support them. Finally whilst the book started at Muhammed as claimed it didn't get all the way to Burj Khalifa so I was left wondering what this actually is!
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