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"Remarkable...breathtaking in its scope and historical precision, this is highly recommended volume for both publivc and academic libraries.—Library Journal.
1. The Post-Ottoman Syndrome
2. Succeeding John Bull
3. America Between Arabs and Israelis
4. Realpolitik in the Gulf
5. Tilting Toward Iraq
6. Desert Shield and Desert Storm
7. Madrid and After
8. Pax Americana
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Posted June 30, 2006
Certainly, in 146 pages the reader is not privy to all of the issues pertaining to the Middle East since World War I and the fall of the Ottoman Empire, but for someone who is interested in a better understanding of the conflicts currently in Iraq, Israel, Palestine, Iran, Syria, Egypt, etc. Shlaim's book is an excellent and relatively well documented, concise book that provides a very readable overview of the various actions that have brought us to our current situations. The book provides so much more than the sound bites and press blurbs we get from the media. I highly recommend this book for anyone who is baffled by all that we hear and read today about the Middle East and who wonders how we got to this point.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 23, 2000
Shlaim's book is a good book for those who are unfamiliar with the region and its history. However, his oversimplified book pretends to critically evaluate the region, when in reality he perpetuates the same discourse and offers little new insight. Consequently, those interested in a deeper analysis of the region should look elswhere, but for those who want a crash course in the politics of this area this book is worth considering.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 12, 2011
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