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From Muhammed to Burj Khalifa: A Crash Course in 2,000 Years of Middle East History Kindle Edition
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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
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Condensed into bite size pieces, easy to digest and understandPublished 21 months ago by kevin sproston
The book is neatly split up into small chapters, each one explaining a key element of the history. You could spend five minutes per day on this book and end up advancing your... Read morePublished on 30 Aug. 2013 by Efstathios Stivaros
I found this book quite interesting and, although it didn't answer all my questions, it did answer most of them. Read morePublished on 4 Mar. 2013 by Mr. CM McConnachie