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American Jews who consider themselves experts on Israeli affairs might walk right past the book and think there couldn't possibly be anything for them in the volume....Then there's the political problem: Mainstream, broad-based texts usually bend so much toward even-handedness that they end up offending partisans on both sides.
What a surprise, then, that this Idiot's Guide is not so idiotic....It takes away the egos of the scholars who usually arm themselves with complicated conclusions so they can sound like they know what they are talking about when nobody, in 2,000 years, has been able to successfully navigate the Middle East to peace. -- Forward, January 7, 2000
My first inclination was to relegate a book with such an off-putting title to the dusty shelf that groans under the weight of other never-to-be-read books. That was before I began flipping through its pages and then, much to my surprise, started reading it more carefully. I laughed. I learned. I marveled at the clever way a complex subject was broken down into manageable, fairly distortion-free paragraph bites, complete with eye-catching headings, amusing asides and fascinating factoids....Amusing line drawings and historic photographs enliven the already lively prose and, for the more studious, there are valuable time lines and an excellent glossary. Moreover, if I had any doubts about the seriousness of Bard's research, I would only have to check the 11-page bibliography of books and Web sites he used to complete his guide....Neophytes and longtime Mideast watchers alike will learn something and enjoy doing it with The Complete Idiot's Guide to Middle East Conflict. -- Cleveland Jewish News, January 20, 2000
You're no idiot, of course. You know that the Middle East is always in the news. But the situation there is so complex, you just can't keep track of it all. Was King Hussein related to Saddam Hussein? Why all the fighting over the West Bank? And what does oil, water, and sand have to do with it? Don't let your brain get parched. This useful book sorts through the political and military quagmire of the Middle East in language anyone can understand. -- AOL Jewish Community Newsletter, January 13, 2000
Well written, funny, and gives tons of interesting info on Israel and Palestine. Really a must-read if you are going to visit that area.Published 3 months ago by Dr. L. Bower
Reasonably concise briefing of complex Middle East conflicts. Used it in my CWP classes for students who wanted a more in-depth look at the ever evolving problems of the world's... Read morePublished on November 25, 2013 by RH Factor
The middle east has been a crazy episode in the world for so many years. It is difficult to understand why a piece of property smaller than almost every state in the US with less... Read morePublished on June 16, 2010 by Amazon Customer
On reading this book I am struck by its one-sided bias toward an Israeli view particularly of events in 1947-1949. Read morePublished on June 7, 2010 by Dan
It is a pretty good reference book. I have to take a class on the topic and it really help me to get the general idea.Published on November 24, 2009 by George
Trough out the book, I felt there was a strong bias favoring the Israelis. It almost convinced me that the arab people where violent sadistic people, while Israel had always done... Read morePublished on February 24, 2009 by D. Castro
If I could give this book zero stars I would have. If Prof bard wants to write propaganda, that's fine.
But to pass it off as a supposedly mainstream, unbiased book? Read more
Do not be fooled by the title, this book is provides a very good overview of the Middle East conflict and what is remarkable given the emotions and misinformation surrounding the... Read morePublished on August 14, 2008 by Nigel M. Duckworth