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The What Every American Should Know series returns with a timely guide to the region Americans need to understand the most (and know the least)

The latest edition of Melissa Rossi's popular What Every American Should Know series gives a crash course on one of the most complex and important regions of the world. In this comprehensive and engaging reference book, Rossi offers a clear analysis of the issues playing out in the Middle East, delving into each country's history, ...

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Overview

The What Every American Should Know series returns with a timely guide to the region Americans need to understand the most (and know the least)

The latest edition of Melissa Rossi's popular What Every American Should Know series gives a crash course on one of the most complex and important regions of the world. In this comprehensive and engaging reference book, Rossi offers a clear analysis of the issues playing out in the Middle East, delving into each country's history, politics, economy, and religions. Having traveled through the area over the past year, she exposes firsthand the U.S.?s geopolitical moves and how our presence has affected the region's economic and political development. Topics include:

· Why Iran is viewed as a threat by most Middle East countries
· What resource is more important than petroleum in regional power plays
· What's really behind the fighting between Sunni and Shia
· How Saudi Arabia inadvertently feeds the violence in Iraq and beyond
· How monarchies like those in Jordan and Qatar are more open and progressive than the so-called republics
With answers that will surprise many Americans, and covering a vast history and cultural complexity that will fascinate any student of the world, What Every American Should Know About the Middle East is a must-read introduction to the most critical region of the twenty-first century.

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Part primer with historical overviews and bios on key players and part tabloid-style digest, Rossi's series entry nonetheless manages to remain entirely informative throughout. Setting itself apart by addressing preconceived notions, the book is divided into chapters on specific countries in the Middle East, emphasizing their uniqueness in matters of energy, military, religion/ethnicity, money, politics, unity, and theocracy. Statistics are provided on the war, including civilian and militia deaths, refugees, and moneys spent on Iraq and unaccounted for. Rossi's previous titles in her WEASK series (whateveryamericanshouldknow.com) hint at the tone of this book, e.g., What Every American Should Know About Who's Really Running the World: The People, Corporations, and Organizations That Control Our Future . Her boldly outspoken style might not appeal equally to everyone; one chapter is titled "European Designs: Hacking up the Middle East." However, her cheat sheets help clarify, her vocabulary is defined, and there are extensive footnotes. Overall, this is recommended for public and undergraduate libraries.-Krista Bush, Univ. of New Haven Lib., West Haven, CT

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452289598
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/30/2008
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 675,939
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Melissa Rossi is an award-winning veteran journalist who has penned articles for Newsweek, Newsday, Esquire, George, MSNBC, The New York Observer, and, until recently, wrote a regular column for National Geographic Traveler. She has written extensively about Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, and has lived abroad for many years.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Ch. 1 Misunderstanding the Middle East 1

Cheat Sheet 1 Basic Concepts and Building Blocks 17

Ch. 2 Jogging Through the Millennia 25

Ch. 3 Pulling the Pieces Together 41

Ch. 4 European Designs: Hacking Up the Middle East 67

Cheat Sheet 2 1979 and Beyond: A Quick Look at the Issues 105

Ch. 5 Iraq: Pardon Our Mess 115

Ch. 6 Iran: Isn't the Party Over Yet? 147

Ch. 7 The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Splitsville 179

Ch. 8 Kuwait: Lines in the Sand 211

Ch. 9 Yemen: In Another World 237

Ch. 10 The United Arab Emirates: The Land of Possibilities 257

Ch. 11 Qatar: Trail Blazing 279

Ch. 12 Bahrain: A New Profile 293

Ch. 13 Oman: Awake at Last 303

Cheat Sheet 3 The Westerners 314

Ch. 14 Israel: Fulfilling Prophecies 323

Ch. 15 Disappearing Act: The Palestinian Territories, the West Bank and Gaza 345

Ch. 16 Lebanon: The Cedar Devolution 365

Ch. 17 Syria: Crumbling Support 389

Ch. 18 Jordan: Stuck in the Middle 409

Ch. 19 Egypt: Secret Society 431

Notes 451

Bibliography and Online Resources 467

Index 471

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2014

    The author unabashedly states her agenda, then fills in the fact

    The author unabashedly states her agenda, then fills in the facts (many without notation). Although the book does present a tenable point of view, the rhetorc gets in the way and makes you question the facts being presented. Some statements make you scratch your head (eg. Jesus was crucified because he failed to pay taxes; As late as 1498, European navigators still believed the earth was flat, and were afraid to sail without Arab assistants for fear of falling off the edge). The book is more of an essay against US/Israeli/Western policy and attitudes toward the Middle East, and is useful and imformative in that context. I wouldn't soley cite Ms. Rossi in any serious discussion about the Middle East without independent back up.

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  • Posted July 2, 2010

    What every American should know to justify terrorism

    I picked this book in order to find more genuine facts, insights and opinions from all sides of participants in the Middle Eastern conflict. Though the book presents some interesting points, extremely hostile tone toward US and Israel, deliberate distortion of facts and constant presentation of falsehoods caused me to lose any credibility towards the author and information she presents.

    This book is a classical example of anti-American, anti-Israeli and anti-Western propaganda. Since author lucks legitimate facts to prove her hostile attitude, she reverts to numerous fabrications, which are very easy to rebut with Arab, American and Israeli accredited sources.

    However, there is one aspect where author unintentionally succeeded in affecting neutrally attuned public. The book clearly demonstrates that information, which comes from opponents of US, Israel and the rest of free countries, should never be believed and accepted as an absolute truth. The book clearly shows how adversaries of democracy and moderation revert to lies, and cynically use human sentiments to justify Islamic terrorism, that affects Muslim and non-Muslim population alike.

    This book is not suitable for serious, intelligent reader, who truly in search for facts on Middle Eastern conflict.

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  • Posted June 21, 2009

    Helpfull for history class.

    Review of history and recent events.Helpful for someone who doesn't follow current events, read a newspaper or study history.

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