*Starred Review* This resource brings up-to-date the publisher�s program of providing encyclopedic coverage of major conflicts over the past century. Tucker, who also edited sets on other conflicts (for example, The Encyclopedia of the Spanish-American and Philippine-American Wars: A Political Social, and Military History, 2009, and The Encyclopedia of the Korean War: A Political Social, and Military History, 2d ed., 2010), combines personal military experience and historical perspective. The advisory board and contributors include a wide range of military historians, most associated with academic institutions, some with direct experience in the conflicts. A list of the nearly 1,000 entries is at the front of each of the first four alphabetically arranged volumes, while the last volume consists of documents. The signed entries cover individuals, strategies, operations, armaments, political concepts, historical background, peacemaking efforts, media, economic aspects, and major forces, including nongovernmental liberation movements and insurgencies. Entries are accurate, clearly written, balanced, and sufficiently detailed. At the end of each entry, readers are directed to other entries in the work as well as to books and articles on the topics. Most entries are current into 2009, and most references for further reading were published after 2000. Each of the first four volumes is enhanced by maps of the regions and of large-scale maneuvering in each war as well as black-and-white photographs. The accurate, cumulative index is repeated in each volume. Volume 4 contains charts on military ranks and medals, a chronology from 1777 through 2009, a glossary, a selected bibliography, a list of contributors, and a �Categorical Index� listing entries under broad topics such as �Individuals� and �Events.� Volume 5 comprises 142 documents (sometimes excerpts) from 1839 to 2009, with an introduction and source for each. The total work is highly recommended as a solid resource for public and academic libraries and some high schools. Also available as an e-book. --Arthur Meyers
• Offers comprehensive coverage detailing social, cultural, religious, political, and military aspects of the Middle East wars
• Includes recent conflicts such as those in Iraq and Afghanistan
• Analyzes events from a global, multidisciplinary perspective
• Offers the insights of contributors who are specialists in Middle East affairs and high-level military personnel who had a hand in setting Middle East policy
• Hundreds of alphabetically organized entries on wars, political events, religious and cultural issues, and diplomatic initiatives, as well as in-depth essays on background material, area and regional analyses, and biographical entries
• An introduction by General Anthony Zinni, USMC (Ret), former commander in chief of U.S. Central Command
• A chronologically arranged final volume comprised of primary and contemporary documents with individual introductions
• A detailed chronology of events
• Cross-references and books for further reading appended to each entry
• A bibliography of over 450 books that are the latest in the field
"The total work is highly recommended as a solid resource for public and academic libraries and some high schools. . . . This well-organized encyclopedia would provide advanced students with a solid introduction to topics that are in the news almost every day."
"An essential resource for anyone seeking detailed information and in-depth reading on U.S. actions and involvement in the Middle East region during the last 15 years. Highly recommended for public, school, and college libraries."
Library Journal, Starred Review
"This work deserves a spot in all reference collections on the Middle East. . . . Highly recommended."