In the light of David Cameron's recent statement that Britain "caused" many of the problems in the Arab world, and as that world descends into chaos, this book outlines the historical context of the "Arab Spring." Not only Britain but all the old colonial powers carved up the Middle East between them from the remnant of the decaying Ottoman Empire. Fired by greed and the desire to expand their own strategic and commercial interests they encouraged nationalist uprisings only to step in and take control when inter-tribal and religious conflict ensued. Plus ca change! The book is highly readable and explains in clear detail the creation of the Arab states, the formation of the Arab Brotherhood, the PLO, the creation of the State of Israel,etc; in such a way that we gain clear insight into the perfidy not only of the colonial powers but of the Arab leaders who consistently misled their people in order to build up dynastic power-bases. For anyone seeking to understand the turmoil in the Arab world and its wider implications for global peace, this is a timely and essential read.