'This book does a wonderful job of explaining the tragedy of U.S. policy in the Middle East. Professor Zunes powerfully illustrates how the more the United States has militarized the region, the less secure we have become. Perhaps more importantly, he shows how we have become the target of terrorists not because of our values but because our foreign policy has strayed from those values. It is particularly refreshing to find someone who not only recognizes that Palestinian rights and Israeli security are dependent on each other, but understands how U.S. policy has harmed the prospects for both. The list of tragic blunders and policy debacles Zunes details is a long one, yet he concludes with clear policy alternatives and a sincere hope that, through citizen action, our government's pursuit of Pax Americana will some day be replaced by a quest for justice and sustainable peace.' - Rabbi Michael Lerner, Editor, TIKKUN Magazine 'This is the book that Americans should read to really find out "why they hate us". An essential guide, perhaps the most useful book on the actual record of US foreign policy in the region.' - As`ad AbuKhalil, author of Bin Laden, Islam, and America's New "War on Terrorism" 'A careful, informed and perceptive reconstruction of major historical forces in the Middle East and the world power nexus in which it is enmeshed. Zunes provides very valuable background for analysis and comprehension of what is at stake and where policy choices can be expected to lead. A very useful handbook to the complexities of this disturbed and fateful region.' - Noam Chomsky 'Prescient.' - Richard Falk, Princeton 'Nobody has a better grasp of the impacts of US policies and practices on the Middle East than Stephen Zunes. Nobody states the case for a fundamentally different US policy in a more compelling way.' - Scott Kennedy, Chair, National Council Fellowship of Reconciliation 'His clear exposition exposes the fallacies and contradictions of U.S. Middle East policy and suggests reasonable alternatives.' - Joel Beinin, Professor of Middle East History, Stanford University, and President, Middle East Studies Association of North America 'A holistic and multi-faceted interpretation of the failures and follies of U.S. policy by one of the most insightful, independent-minded, and prolific Middle East analysts in the United States today.' - Martha Honey, Co-Director, Foreign Policy In Focus Project Fellow, Institute for Policy Studies 'Scholarly analysis at its best. Provocative and perceptive.' - Naseer Aruri, Chancellor Professor (Emeritus), University of Massachusetts 'A rare service combining insights on U.S. policy in the Middle East with a cogent analysis of the current war against terrorism, this book should serve as a textbook for students and a guide for citizens.' - Saul Landau, Director of Digital Media and International Outreach Programs, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona 'Zunes has a scope and sweep that are impressive. A must read for anyone who would understand how others see us, the negative impact of many of our policies in the Middle East, and the root causes of terrorism against us.' - Kathleen Christison, author of Perceptions of Palestine: Their Influence on U.S. Middle East Policy 'Clearly written, timely, and wise, making complex history understandable even for those without previous background on these issues. For years, Stephen Zunes has been ahead of the curve. We need to listen to him now more than ever.' - Paul Loeb, author of Soul of a Citizen: Living With Conviction in a Cynical Time 'Tinderbox is exactly what we have needed - a concise, intelligent account of American policy in the Middle East. Bold and persuasive, buttressed by careful research.' - Howard Zinn
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From the Publisher
Stephen Zunes is an associate professor of Politics and chair of the Peace & Justice Studies Program at the University of San Francisco. He lives in Santa Cruz.