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on 4 October 2016
The Middle-East crisis is now almost a quarter of a century old. It started after the Second World War when Harry Truman enforced much more Jewish immigration into Arabic regions than any other international body had suggested, meaning that the understandable need for a new Jewish homeland became a gross imposition on Arabs. Predictable Palestinian rebellion against this imposition led to disproportionate Israeli aggression (something that would become a long-term pattern), and extremists such as Gamal Abdul Nasser and Yasser Arafat rose to power – the poorly-planned Suez conflict only strengthened Nasser’s position. The Six Day War in 1967 was manipulated by Israel so that they could occupy Palestinian territories without granting indigent citizens any voting or political rights; only the rise of the peacemaker Anwar Sadat helped to restrain Palestinian terrorism. In the 1970s, Henry Kissinger and especially Jimmy Carter showed that specific peace settlements could be achieved in the Middle East, but during the 1980s Ronald Reagan increased ties to the Jewish lobby while Shimon Peres advanced Jewish settlements in the occupied territories, thereby undermining previous peace efforts. The Oslo Accords of the 1990s achieved little progress, and while Bill Clinton and Ehud Barak negotiated some peaceful breakthroughs, Arafat’s uncompromising attitude and Ariel Sharon’s belligerence created further violence. A conciliatory approach by Mahmoud Abbas was undermined when Palestinians foolishly voted for the terrorist organisation Hamas, and recently Benjamin Netanyahu’s Israel has been as disproportionately bellicose as ever, meaning peace in the Middle-East is as far away as ever.
This book covers all of these subjects in good detail, as well as other countries in the Middle-East such as Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. It is well-researched, authoritative and as objective as any book can be about this region in history; it should be read by all who want to educate themselves further. My only criticism is that the index is quite poorly put together, so if you want to find a particular section of the book you have to flick through the main text yourself to find it.
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on 9 April 2016
Ordered this as a "go-to" book and it hasn't disappointed. It doesn't go into great detail on topics but definitely loads enough content to allow for own further research to be conducted.

The book is laid out in an appropriate way which starts with basic geographical and religious knowledge on the Middle East.

I highly recommend this book if you wish to gain a greater understanding on how the Middle East has got to where it is today.
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on 12 December 2017
Very easy to read and understand
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on 16 October 2014
I think background knowledge is required when reading this book as it tends to skim over events and is more like a reminder of what has gone on rather than a book for someone new to the subject.
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on 10 December 2013
Reading this book made the problems in the middle east made it very easy to understand all the troubles that have been going on .
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on 10 July 2015
great book for quick reference on the middle east
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on 23 May 2015
Invaluable and readable insight into the Middle East. Good structure and chapter overviews / summaries mean a complex subject is made clear. Ends in 2010 so needs an update hence 4 stars.
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on 21 September 2013
I purchased this as I know very little history on the Middle East and with the rescent events in Syria I wanted to a better understanding on this place. It certainly does that from what I can tell from other sources. I found it an easy read and the Kindle edition helped to jump back and forth wherer it suggested.

Well worth the price if you are in my position.
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on 11 December 2013
Well written, informative and easy to read, interesting commentary, includes small sections for quick reading, and a timeline of events.
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on 8 January 2013
Compelling book, very interesting for whoever want to better understand the middle east challenges, a must read.
Clearly written, accessible without a Phd, and very well thought. Well done.
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