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on 25 June 2009
The author begins by laying out his method and reasons for writing the book and it sounds realy promising. He explains that the conflict isn't like a sporting event where you pick a side and route for them; also that being non-biased doesn't mean that you have to counter every story with an equally bad story from the other side; and that the story really isn't that complex and uncomprehensible. His motive in writing the book is that it is so difficult to find a comprehensive history of the full conflict in under 500 pages. All of this sounds fantastic but a third of the way through the book and he's still going on like this. You start to feel like he will never begin the book. When he does get started it's a cursory glance at 4000 years and then it ends in an indulgent conclusion.
So I was a little dissapointed...
I was willing to forgive historical cliches for the sake of brevity but after the indulgent introduction and conclusion I was more critical of the sacrifice of real history. Still if you treat it as the 'undercoat' before applying the real coat of knowledge then it's not too bad. It's also so quick to read that if you don't get much from it you won't feel you've wasted precious reading time.
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on 18 November 2009
A good beginners' introduction to the Palestine-Israel conflict - covers all the major events and examines historical evidence to find a root cause. Reasonable objective (which is hard given the topic). As an undergrad studying a module in this topic I found it a useful starting point for my studies at the beginning of the year, and now as a reference for brief explanations of key occurrences. Would definately recommend it.
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on 21 February 2013
Being a person who has taken an interest in studying the middle east especially the issues to do with Israel & Palestine. I could not find a better book with so much information as this one. I am really enjoying the book. Since I bought it, I have read it twice now. Great resource
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on 8 December 2013
This provides a pleasantly informal, yet also detailed, account of the history of the Palestine/Israel area and the conflict there. As a 'Basic Introduction' it works very well indeed. Highly recommended.
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on 17 February 2015
An excellent book on the subject easy to read and understand
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on 15 February 2012
A curious book to get completely absorbed in, but it's so well written and so easy to follow that by the end of it you feel far more aware of what's going on in the region. The author has doggedly stuck to the purpose of the book and not got side-tracked by world events. A very impressive read.
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on 19 June 2014
I wanted to say that generally the book is ok from a historical perspective. There is a lot of useful information. However, I have just two negative comments about the book.

1) In its preface, the author states amongst other things that he has tried not to be one sided, but wanted to give a balanced view of the situation. In my opinion, he is completely one sided towards the Palestinians.

2) The author also wants to separate the religeous dimension from the conflict, which I think is wrong. Towards the beginning of the book, he does say that, if I remember correctly, that Muslims were not anti-semitic per se. This goes completely against history which shows that anti-semitism is deeply ingrained in the Muslim mindset and their religeous texts, see for example the book by Andrew Bostom: Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism: From Sacred Texts to Solemn History.

I am not trying to bash Muslims, but I think there needs to be a bit of a balance.
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