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Posted July 18, 2005
Too bad the people who would most benefit from reading this book are those whose inept policies have plunged our country in the mess we're in in the Iraq, thereby inspiring the author to write it in first place. Aside from some cultural and rethorical indulgences (reminiscent of the 'my ancestors were writing about philosophy while yours were still living in caves' argument), Prof. Khalidi combines insightful political critique with informative historical analysis. The theme of this book revolves around the current administration officials' willful neglect of the history of failed imperialistic adventures in the Middle East in the past two centuries, of which the reader is offered a crash-course that helps put current events in perspective. It's a powerful argument, corroborated by facts that never burden the reader with excessive detail, yet manage to provide a comprehensive historical background. The footnotes deserve being read in their entirety, as well.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.