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It is a thoughtful, insightful, informative book and an easy read.
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.
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 6 months ago by The Great Gazoo
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 7 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 9 months ago 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 18 months ago 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
Mr. MacFarquhar writes a compelling narrative of the Middle East. He has criss-crossed it and brings us a multitude of stories from many different regions. Read morePublished on March 13, 2011 by Mike B
The author of this book is a journalist for the New York Times. This fact alone might cause some readers to reject this book. Shame on them. Read morePublished on January 31, 2011 by Narut Ujnat