Joshua Landis recommends books on the Middle East

A Listmania! list by Joshua M. Landis "Joshua Landis" (Oklahoma)
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The Fall of the Ottomans: The Great War in the Middle East
1.  The Fall of the Ottomans: The Great War in the Middle East by Eugene Rogan
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  "This is the best book of WWI in the Middle East. Engaging and well written. It gives you the big picture, while indulging the reader in some good story telling."
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Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East
2.  Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East by Scott Anderson
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  "Well worth the read."
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The Struggle for Arab Independence: Riad el-Solh and the Makers of the Modern Middle East
3.  The Struggle for Arab Independence: Riad el-Solh and the Makers of the Modern Middle East by Patrick Seale
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  "Seale's third installment on Arab nationalism is a winner. Seale is the master of the Levant's modern history. Rigorous and beautifully written, it is one of the best accounts of the complex reality of the Middle East in the first half of the twentieth century."
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The Arabs: A History
4.  The Arabs: A History by Eugene L. Rogan
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  "This is THE single volume history of modern Arab history for laymen and professors. Rogan has catapulted himself to the top rung of Middle East Historians; he writes in the grand style and covers the great sweep of history. It deserves the accolades."
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Osman's Dream: The History of the Ottoman Empire
5.  Osman's Dream: The History of the Ottoman Empire by Caroline Finkel
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  "Finally, a sweeping history of the Ottoman Empire that is at once scholarly and fun to read. What a joy."
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Gertrude Bell: Queen of the Desert, Shaper of Nations
6.  Gertrude Bell: Queen of the Desert, Shaper of Nations by Georgina Howell
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  "A great tale and you learn a lot about the Middle East."
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America's Misadventures in the Middle East
7.  America's Misadventures in the Middle East by Charles W. Freeman
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  "Chas Freeman is excellent: argumentative, opinionated and smart."
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The International Relations of the Persian Gulf
8.  The International Relations of the Persian Gulf by F. Gregory Gause
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  "Greg Gause is America's leading political scientist on the Gulf. This is a grand overview of America's entanglement in the region since taking over from the British in 1970. Many have been waiting for this book for a long time."
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Once Upon a Country: A Palestinian Life
9.  Once Upon a Country: A Palestinian Life by Sari Nusseibeh
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  "A fresh and subtle approach. Nusseibeh dramatizes recent history in Palestine as few others have done. As Amos Elon has written, "His book has the ring of hard truth that no other Palestinian I know of has been willing to express with comparable eloquence and courage."
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A History of the Modern Middle East
10.  A History of the Modern Middle East by William L. Cleveland
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  "The best one volume history of the Middle East. Readable and reliable."
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Dreams and Shadows: The Future of the Middle East
11.  Dreams and Shadows: The Future of the Middle East by Robin B. Wright
The list author says:
  "Wright has been covering the Middle East for 30 years and is one of the best-informed American journalists. She interviews Syria's top opposition leaders - Riad al-Saif and Michel Kilo -only weeks before they were arrested and locked up. Her interview with Riad al-Turk is classic."
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The Places In Between
12.  The Places In Between by Rory Stewart
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  "The one book to read on Afghanistan. Rory has insight to spare and the leanest of British styles. A jewel."
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The Shia Revival: How Conflicts within Islam Will Shape the Future
13.  The Shia Revival: How Conflicts within Islam Will Shape the Future by Seyyed Vali Reza Nasr
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  "A fast romp through Shi'i-Sunni relations. A timely overview by one of America's best experts."
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The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy
14.  The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy by Stephen M. Walt
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  "This book by two of America's best scholars has been at the center of national debate on the power of the Israel Lobby. Are they courageous and speaking truth to power? Or are they bigots, inflaming anti-Semitism with shoddy scholarship? Find out."
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The Prince of the Marshes: And Other Occupational Hazards of a Year in Iraq
15.  The Prince of the Marshes: And Other Occupational Hazards of a Year in Iraq by Rory Stewart
The list author says:
  "Do you want to know what went wrong in Iraq? Take it from a young administrator of a province. He can write and he had already travelled across Afghanistan on foot."
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All the Shah's Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror
16.  All the Shah's Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror by Stephen Kinzer
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  "How it all started. Kinzer makes history read like a mystery novel. He has also done his homework and interviewed everyone. He writes like a dream. Provocative and fun."
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Joshua M. Landis "Joshua Landis" (Oklahoma)
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Qualifications: I teach Middle East history: Harvard and Princeton educated
Last updated: 3/30/15
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