This is the first and darn near the only thing about the Middle East I’ve ever read that made sense of what was happening over there. The author lived in the region for a number of years while working as a newspaper correspondent, and this book is his summation of what he saw and learned. Friedman’s great gift as a writer is his ability to take the smallness and simplicity of a specific incident and demonstrate how it explains the largest-scale historical and political complexities. And despite the dense subject matter, the book is a light, fast read. Originally written 30 years ago, Friedman returns to update this book periodically.
The author is a three-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize. This title won the National Book Award.
This is an excellent, very accessible book on the more recent history of the Middle East. Israel in particular, written from a personal point of view.
I read it some time ago, but wanted to read the new intro and afterward in the updated 2012 edition, so I put a hold on it. Alas, the 1995 edition was put on my shelf. I'll try again.
I have been sent the 1990 copy with added chapter. I understand there is a 2012 or 2013 edition which I assume I have been charged with.
the 1980s over there
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