– Royal United Services Institute for Defence Studies
"Probably the best one-volume reference book in English on the Middle East and North Africa."
– International Affairs
"We have praised successive issues of this work so regularly that it becomes difficult to think up new eulogies, deserved though they are."
– World Affairs Report
"It is an excellent source of reference... strongly recommended for scholars, government officials and businessmen."
– Middle East Business Review
"You could enquire within for pretty well anything relating to the region and get an answer."
– Times Literary Supplement
"If one had to choose a single book for understanding the contemporary Middle East, then surely this must be that book."
– The Middle East