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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall (2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0028632613
  • ISBN-13: 978-0028632612
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,211,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Mitchell Bard is the Executive Director of the nonprofit AMERICAN-ISRAELI
COOPERATIVE ENTERPRISE (AICE) and one of the leading authorities on U.S.-
Middle East policy. Dr. Bard is also the director of the
Jewish Virtual Library (www.JewishVirtualLibrary.org), the world's most
comprehensive online encyclopedia of Jewish history and culture.

Dr. Bard has appeared on the BBC, Fox News, al-Jazeera, NBC, CBC, the
Jenny Jones Show and other local and national television and radio
outlets. His work has been published in academic journals, magazines and
major newspapers. He has written and edited 22 books. His newest
book is Israel Matters: Understand the Past - Look to the Future. He has also
written:

The Arab Lobby: The Invisible Alliance that Undermines America's Interests in the Middle East
Israel Studies: An Anthology (coeditor with David Nachmias)
Will Israel Survive?
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Middle East Conflict (4th edition)
48 Hours of Kristallnacht
The Founding of Israel
The Complete Idiot's Guide to World War II
Myths And Facts: A Guide to the Arab-Israeli Conflict
1001 Facts Everyone Should Know About Israel
Forgotten Victims: The Abandonment of Americans in Hitler's Camps
The Holocaust (Turning Points in World History)
The Nuremberg Trials (At Issue in History)
The Nuremberg Trials (Eyewitness to History)
From Tragedy to Triumph: The Politics Behind the Rescue of Ethiopian Jews
The Complete History of the Holocaust
The Water's Edge And Beyond: Defining the Limits to Domestic Influence on U.S. Middle East Policy
Partners for Change: How U.S.-Israel Cooperation Can Benefit America
U.S.-Israel Relations: Looking to the Year 2000
Building Bridges: Lessons For America From Novel Israeli Approaches To Promote Coexistence
On One Foot: A Middle East Guide for the Perplexed or How to Respond on Your Way to Class When Your Best Friend Joins an Anti-Israel Protest
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding the Brain

Bard holds a Ph.D. in political science from UCLA and a master's degree in public policy from
Berkeley. He received his B.A. in economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Customer Reviews

Bard's analysis of middle east history, and the roots of the current conflict were good reading.
S. Feldman
Contrary to what I was told about the book, the author is very well informed about the historical as well as current condition of the region.
Istanbul18
This book is biased, poorly written (even for a complete idiot) and is a COMPLETE waste of time.
AF

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47 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Steven A. Davis on June 19, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Having little knowledge of the history of the conflict, I was eager to learn "just what is going on over there?" I agree that this book is somewhat pro-Israel, but keeping that in mind I found it to be quite interesting. While the author does present some opinion, the vast majority of the book concerns factual events. The book starts with a short history of the three major religions involved (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam), then covers events in the region throughout history. It moves generally chronologically, although it covers certain subjects in total; for example, the Iran-Iraq war is covered in a separate chapter, though events in other chapters occurred simultaneously. After finishing this book, I had a much greater understanding of why there is so much animosity in the middle east.
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64 of 75 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 13, 1999
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Like most people, I read the paper every day and try to stay up to date on what's going on in the Middle East. But also like most people, I really never had a good sense for how the conflict started, who started it and why we, as Americans, care. Every book I've picked up on the MIddle East has been written in such technical language, and is so confusing that I just get too frustrated reading it and throw it aside. I thought I'd give the Idiot's Guide another chance. And boy am I glad I did! The book covers everything you've always wanted to know about the middle east but have been afraid to ask--and more. It presents an unbiased, thorough analysis on the topic in a reader-friendly, unintimidating style. I love the fact that I finally understand the basis of the middle east conflict and where we stand today. I strongly encourage people of all ages to read it!
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 19, 2001
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What a service to the general public to at last have a clear picture of the Middle East conflict and the history that has fueled it. I don't need opinions. I will form my own. But I need the facts that will help me formulate my opinions intellectually. This guide, idiot's or not, provides that clarity. It is even-handed and precise.Thank you for stocking it and thank you for selling it.
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46 of 53 people found the following review helpful By "patsyk1" on October 1, 2001
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What an eye-opener! I found this no-nonsense, chronological history of the seemingly intransigient middle east conflict an invaluable aid in sorting out the roots of the Israeli-Arab dilemma. For example, I didn't know that the Arabs rejected the 1947 UN Partition Plan that would have given them a state larger than the one they're demanding now. Nor was I aware of the fact that the Mayor of Haifa in 1948 actually pleaded with his Arab neighbors not to flee but to stay in the city as the Arab armies were invading Israel. Thank you, Mr. Bard. I will recommend this book to all my friends.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By "emilriver" on October 12, 2001
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I like this book because it provides a thorough review of what has happened in the Middle East and specificly in the former Palestine Mandate territory. One cannot understand the conflict without an honest and impartial writing. The author avoids professorial attitudes and writes with humor. Those who wish to re-write history will obviously not like this book. Other areas and countries of the world have been partitiond but only here, in what was Palestine, has Arab refusal constituted the basis for continuous combat and hate. Neither side can have all it may desire; this must be the answer for peace.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Alex Eidman on October 17, 2001
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Mitchell Bard has achieved the impossible: he's written a lucid, balanced and very readable history of the conflict that has torn the Middle East for the past 100 years. I had thought that there was very little for me to learn from a "Complete Idiot's Guide" since I am well-versed with the history of the Middle East. Mr. Bard, however, showed me the many gaps in my knowledge of the origins and key events of the conflict. I recommend this book both to "Complete Idiot's" and to those who think they know it all; I guarantee you will both learn a tremendous amout.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By "chhartman" on October 14, 2001
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I was given a copy of this book by a friend...and how glad I am that he thought of me. Finally I was able to read a useful, valuable, and informative book that helps all readers understand what is going on in the middle east in a fair, accurate, and thoughtful manner. The facts presented are accurate; the writing enables the reader to understand the history of the area in an easy-to-read format. I thank the publisher for this selection.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 12, 2001
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Mitchel Bard has produced one of the best ever histories about Middle East conflicts and their causes. It is balanced and accurate, and reads well.
I am sure that historical revisionists, who wish to remake history to reflect their own agendas, will object to the truth being told.
This book is a MUST READ for everyone who is concerned about the present conflict in the area, and has the need to understand it.
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