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What Every American Should Know About the Middle East Paperback – December 30, 2008
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aA funky foreign affairs seminar.a
aFun and informativea] absorbing on many levels.a
a"The Chicago Tribune"
a[An] engaging travel guide complete with the basicsa demographics, history, hot spots, and notable natives.a
aIf there is a livelier, less ponderous, more agenda-free, better researched, more relevant publication that provides such a wealth of historic and incidental information alongside all the aneed to knowa stuff on this complex part of the world, I would like to find it.a
aPat Lancaster, editor of "Middle East Magazine"
?If there is a livelier, less ponderous, more agenda-free, better researched, more relevant publication that provides such a wealth of historic and incidental information alongside all the ?need to know? stuff on this complex part of the world, I would like to find it.?
?Pat Lancaster, editor of "Middle East Magazine"
"If there is a livelier, less ponderous, more agenda-free, better researched, more relevant publication that provides such a wealth of historic and incidental information alongside all the 'need to know' stuff on this complex part of the world, I would like to find it."
-Pat Lancaster, editor of "Middle East Magazine"
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1) America is dominated by a neo-conservative conspiracy that is both blood and jew thirsty- rightly so, Rossi blames a lot of the region's problems on a Western foreign policy hellbent on pursuing stable access to energy resources and/or fulfilling a Zionist Christian belief that populating the Middle East with Jewish citizens will lead to the second coming of the messiah. The point is well articulated early in the text, but gets redundant as she KEEPS REFERRING TO IT IN ALMOST EVERY CHAPTER, and in some cases, reexplains the foundations of her argument in the same terms.
2) Religious divides are problematic, though no one really knows why- Rossi does an excellent job deciphering the various sects of Islam (I learned what makes a Sunni different than a Shia, for example, and it has a lot to do with the line of ascensions for Muslim prophets in the 600s). What she doesn't explain is how these religious tensions manifest into new conflicts and why anyone continues to care about these tensions today. Rossi also blames a lot of problems in the region on the 1979 Iranian revolution, but needs to do a better job specifically linking the revolution's unique manifestations in each country.Read more ›
Most impressive: evidencing a fair amount of courage, in that Ms Rossi says things/truths that typically get stifled/censored. I like literary courage.
However, most facts go unsupported and many I know for myself are not entirely accurate. The author essentially just word vomits for nearly 500 pages with a prevalent leftist undertone: America is wrong, Israel is bad, the Middle East is just fine the way it is, blah blah blah... I know this was published in 2008 but my god, she describes the region as it was back in the 70s.
I like all the research, accurate I can use some of it when I speak about the Middle East. I think that it is a very good book.
Orit Murad Rehany Author of
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Bought this book at a bookstore hoping to learn about the Middle East. Instead I'm reading more about the author.s bias against America. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Sarah Dausch
This book should be titled: "Some Writer's Opinion About Some Issues in the Middle East." It's basically a VERY biased account of some of the current issues surrounding the... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Matt
When I bought this book, I was looking for a basic guide to Middle East politics, history and culture. Read morePublished on August 18, 2014 by Guido
While dated, it is very informative and helpful in trying to understand the current ME situation. Great reference and hope it will be updated.Published on October 2, 2013 by ilovedogs
Sure, this book is a little dated now, but as a frequent traveler in the Middle East, I have found it extremely helpful.Published on September 5, 2013 by Stephanie G