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I thought this book was very well written and interesting.
MacFarquhar's book manages to both educate and entertain, and is a must read for anyone who wants to gain a deeper understanding of the Middle East.
Start with the first chapter, then proceed to the epilogue, then return and read the rest of the book in order.
I bought this copy for an acquaintance who's interested in this part of the world. I read the book a few years ago and thought it was wonderful.Published 2 days ago by M. Klett
A couple of fun anecdotes - my favorite was the efforts of his group to put together a Thanksgiving dinner in a country very foreign to this tradition indeed.Published 25 days ago by Camille
So my lawyer says "look I got some good news for you they're only going to chop off your head not your hand", How's that good news? "They were going to chop your hand off first! Read morePublished 21 months ago
A very interesting read. The author grew up in Libya and has covered the Middle East region for many years as a journalist. Read morePublished 23 months ago by margaret black
Having a hard time concentrating on this one, would rather comment when I am through! Not really giving me what I was looking for!Published on March 15, 2013 by balc
So many books about the Mideast show a narrow point of view, from someone who spent a few years in one or two countries. Mr. Read morePublished on June 24, 2012 by kidtree
This is my favorite book on the Middle East. I almost can't imagine a more insightful, informative, and enjoyable exploration of the Gulf States and their politics. Read morePublished on July 16, 2011 by Sean Carman
I don't review items very often on Amazon, but I felt Neil MacFarquhar's book justified it.
The author draws upon his experience growing up in Libya to feed his passion... Read more
From his days as a child in an oilfield compound in Libya, to his days as a foreign correspondent for a variety of outlets including the New York Times reporting on several... Read morePublished on March 16, 2011 by N. Vaughn