A must read for anyone who wants a better understanding of Middle East, processes going on in Middle East and Arabs people thought.
The work is scholarly and well researched, but the writing has a riveting and poetic quality that keeps the reader captivated throughout.
That is a great loss for everyone trying to understand the Arab world, particularly in these times of growing tension and violence.
I began reading Fouad Ajami in the Wall Street Journal where he provided occasional op eds and learned about his books only after his death in 2014. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Alma Kadragic
I always enjoyed Fouad Ajami's articles in the Wall Street Journal because they went into depth on the events in the Middle East going beyond the superficial events of the day. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Alfalfa
A must read for anyone who wants a better understanding of Middle East, processes going on in Middle East and Arabs people thought. It is really revealing and educating. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Alexey Smolin
An interesting and cogent analysis of the emerging fault lines that pit liberalism, authoritianism and religious fundamentalism against each other in the Levant, made even more... Read morePublished on October 16, 2011 by L. King
One of the most illuminating books I read recently. Ajami analyses the socio-political events that define the Arab modern public psyche. Read morePublished on December 29, 2010 by Tarek
Dr. Ajami offers readers his erudition and wisdom, a rare combination. His observations on the Middle East and on the social psychology of modern Arab letters should be required... Read morePublished on January 18, 2008 by Bubba Souffle
This book is an absorbing blend of history and literary criticism. A somewhat melancholy narrative of the political and economic failure of the Arab World in the 20th century, it... Read morePublished on October 23, 2005 by Peter Uys
As was written by another "(Fouad Ajami) has no axe to grind unlike Ed (sic) Said". True anough Ajami is far too busy being a perfect hound fetching and in his case... Read morePublished on December 19, 2003 by Toshie Ishii O' Grady