My Middle Eastern Education

A Listmania! list by James D. Crabtree "Doc Crabtree" (North Carolina)
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The list author says: "I've spent significant time in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Qatar, Kuwait, Iraq and Israel. I've also studied, both on my own and at university, the history of the Middle East and the various turns it has taken. I hope sometime to teach Middle Eastern History myself."
Republic of Fear: The Politics of Modern Iraq, Updated Edition
1.  Republic of Fear: The Politics of Modern Iraq, Updated Edition by Kanan Makiya
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  "Not an easy book to get into but it explains the nature of Saddam's fascist regime."
$28.73   Used & New from: $0.29
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

One Palestine, Complete: Jews and Arabs Under the British Mandate
2.  One Palestine, Complete: Jews and Arabs Under the British Mandate by Haim Watzman
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  "A study of Palestine during the pre-Independence Mandate and the relationship between the British, the Arabs and the Jewish settlers."
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The Lessons of Modern War, Vol. 2: The Iran-Iraq War
3.  The Lessons of Modern War, Vol. 2: The Iran-Iraq War by Anthony H Cordesman
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  "An important study. The Iran-Iraq War helped to shape the later Gulf War conflicts and also set the stage for Iran's efforts to export Islamofascism."
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A Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East
4.  A Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East by David Fromkin
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  "To understand the modern Middle East begin with this book and the explaination of how the current states were created."
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Arafat's War: The Man and His Battle for Israeli Conquest
5.  Arafat's War: The Man and His Battle for Israeli Conquest by Efraim Karsh
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  "The role of Arafat in the destabilization of the Middle east and the blocking of a permanent peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians cannot be overestimated."
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The Crisis of Islam: Holy War and Unholy Terror
6.  The Crisis of Islam: Holy War and Unholy Terror by Bernard Lewis
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  "Discusses the state of religion in the modern Middle East and its relationship to social structures in the region."
$12.50   Used & New from: $0.01
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (182 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Israel: Birth of a Nation
7.  Israel: Birth of a Nation DVD ~ Martin Gilbert
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  "An easy video to watch, this program discusses the creation of the Israeli state."
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The Lessons Of Modern War: Volume I: The Arab-israeli Conflicts, 1973-1989
8.  The Lessons Of Modern War: Volume I: The Arab-israeli Conflicts, 1973-1989 by Anthony H. Cordesman
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  "If you can find it this is a strictly military look at the wars fought between Israel and its neighbors, from the creation of Israel to the 1980s. Instrumental in understanding the security concerns and postures of the major states in the region."
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Al Manar TV: In the Name of the Hezbollah
9.  Al Manar TV: In the Name of the Hezbollah DVD ~ Olivier Ferraro
The list author says:
  "This gives you a mercifully short sample of the sort of Islamofascist propaganda which spews hate all over the Middle east."
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Parting the Desert : The Creation of the Suez Canal
10.  Parting the Desert : The Creation of the Suez Canal by Zachary Karabell
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  "For almost a century the Suez Canal was the most important strategic feature of the Middle East. Learn how it was built."
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Baghdad: The Bradt City Guide (Bradt Mini Guide)
11.  Baghdad: The Bradt City Guide (Bradt Mini Guide) by Catherine Arnold MPhil.
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  "A small book but very helpful if you anticipate going to Baghdad. Interesting reading if you do not."
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Bin Laden: The Man Who Declared War on America
12.  Bin Laden: The Man Who Declared War on America by Yossef Bodansky
The list author says:
  "Discusses how bin Laden became the enemy of America and indeed of the thinking world."
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The Crossing of the Suez, Revised Edition
13.  The Crossing of the Suez, Revised Edition by Saad Shazly
The list author says:
  "The 1973 War and the Egyptian crossing of the Suez marked the high point of Arab military fortunes in the Middle East. A good book for putting later events into context."
$27.00   Used & New from: $14.99
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

Ataturk: The Biography of the founder of Modern Turkey
14.  Ataturk: The Biography of the founder of Modern Turkey by Andrew Mango
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  "Turkey managed to build a secular republic, even though it emerged from the seat of the Caliphate. Read this and see the alternative to Islamofascism."
$18.91   Used & New from: $8.12
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Inside Egypt: The Land of the Pharaohs on the Brink of a Revolution
15.  Inside Egypt: The Land of the Pharaohs on the Brink of a Revolution by John R. Bradley
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  "Modern Egypt is rife with corruption, torture and hopelessness. Read about the failure of one of the Middle Eastern states."
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Unholy Business: A True Tale of Faith, Greed and Forgery in the Holy Land
16.  Unholy Business: A True Tale of Faith, Greed and Forgery in the Holy Land by Nina Burleigh
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  "The sad but true story of rampant looting and forgery of relics from the Holy Lands."
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Israeli Fortifications of the October War 1973 (Fortress)
17.  Israeli Fortifications of the October War 1973 (Fortress) by Simon Dunstan
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  "A fascinating look at the fortifications built by Israel on the east bank of the Suez Canal between 1967 and 1973. I only added this one because I've been to the canal zone and find the subject fascinating."
$15.97   Used & New from: $10.47
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The Complete Infidel's Guide to the Koran
18.  The Complete Infidel's Guide to the Koran by Robert Spencer
The list author says:
  "This book raises serious issues about Islam and dispels rather dangerous misconceptions about the dominant religion in the Middle East"
$13.41   Used & New from: $6.24
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James D. Crabtree "Doc Crabtree" (North Carolina)
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Last updated: 12/22/10
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