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Morning headlines announce renewed violence and fresh calls for peace negotiations, while pundits on talk radio and cable TV shout conflicting opinions at anyone who will listen. Between perplexing contradictions and inflammatory rhetoric, it is often difficult to find out what?s really going on in the Middle East. Former TIME magazine Jerusalem bureau chief David Aikman, who has spent decades reporting on Mid-East issues, takes a sober, balanced look at a region aflame. He brings a journalist?smind and a ...

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Morning headlines announce renewed violence and fresh calls for peace negotiations, while pundits on talk radio and cable TV shout conflicting opinions at anyone who will listen. Between perplexing contradictions and inflammatory rhetoric, it is often difficult to find out what’s really going on in the Middle East. Former TIME magazine Jerusalem bureau chief David Aikman, who has spent decades reporting on Mid-East issues, takes a sober, balanced look at a region aflame. He brings a journalist’smind and a believer’s heart to his exploration of the political and religious factors in play, and goes beyond the media’s chronic over-simplification to carefully examine recent history and the leaders who have made that history. Aikman turns a critical eye on the policies of the region’s prime players, resorting neither to blind pro-Israeli sentiment nor to reactionary pro-Palestinian bias. He challenges fellow Christians to a similar approach to the Middle East: respect, reason and love, rather than unqualified tolerance on the one hand or religious crusading on the other. Discover the truth behind the headlines: God’s restoring hand is at work in a region of the world torn apart by centuries of strife.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780830746057
  • Publisher: Gospel Light Publications
  • Publication date: 7/28/2008
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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Former TIME Magazine Jerusalem bureau chief David Aikman takes on the headline- grabbing subject of the Middle East in The Mirage of Peace: Understanding the Never-ending Conflict in the Middle East. In this comprehensive look at the region, Aikman goes beyond the headlines and sound-bites to examine the complex and deeply rooted sources of the bloodshed and discord that seem to charaterize the Middle East. With a journalist's objectivity and an historian's analysis, Aikman, who is now a college history professor, explains the historical context of the animosities dominating today's news, giving readers an understanding of the personalities, relationships and web of complicated loyalties behind the thorny issues that have defied all attempts to bring a lasting peace to the region.

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  • Posted November 16, 2009

    Balanced, Enlightening, Elegant Writing

    This book, by an expert, explains the never-ending Mid-East conflicts

    Mirage of Peace is thorough, balanced and wonderfully researched.

    It's an excellent book to give to someone headed to the Middle East as a tourist, businessperson, journalist or diplomat.

    Dr. David Aikman -- former Time magazine Israel bureau chief-- is one of the most respected print journalists to cover Israel and the rest of the Middle East. In his riveting new book, Aikman goes beyond the mostly simplistic media coverage and examines recent Middle East events and the prime players.

    If you want to understand the Middle East from the perspectives of all the countries in it, this book is for you.

    No other book covers all the countries of the Middle East and provides such a helpful amount of historical, cultural and religious background.

    Aikman takes readers from Israel and the Palestinian territories; to Syria and Lebanon; Egypt and Jordan, the Persian Gulf; Iraq; Iran; Saudia Arabia and beyond.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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