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.
The Mirage of Peaceby David Aikman
Former TIME Magazine Jerusalem bureau chief David Aikman takes a sober, balanced impactful look at the Middle East, bringing a journalist’s mind and a believer’s heart to his examination of a region aflame. In this timely and informed exploration of current Middle East issues that goes beyond headlines and sound bites, Aikman fills in the blanks/i>
Former TIME Magazine Jerusalem bureau chief David Aikman takes a sober, balanced impactful look at the Middle East, bringing a journalist’s mind and a believer’s heart to his examination of a region aflame. In this timely and informed exploration of current Middle East issues that goes beyond headlines and sound bites, Aikman fills in the blanks for thoughtful Christians, accurately tracing recent history and fairly portraying the leaders who have made that history. With a firm grasp on a biblical understanding of Israel’s past, present and future, he turns a critical eye on the political and religious policies of the region’s prime players, resorting neither to blind pro Israeli sentiment nor to reactionary pro Palestinian bias. Aikman challenges us to a uniquely Christian approach to the Middle East, respect, reason and love, rather than unqualified tolerance on the one hand or religious crusading on the other.
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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.