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Joshua Landis recommends books on the Middle East

Joshua M. Landis "Joshua Landis"
The list author says: "Some classics and recent publications that I particularly value and enjoy."
The Fall of the Ottomans: The Great War in the Middle East
The Fall of the Ottomans: The Great War in the Middle East
"This is the best book of WWI in the Middle East. Engaging and well written. It gives you the big picture, while indulging the reader in some good story telling."
Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East
Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East
"Well worth the read."
The Struggle for Arab Independence: Riad el-Solh and the Makers of the Modern Middle East
The Struggle for Arab Independence: Riad el-Solh and the Makers of the Modern Middle East
"Seale's third installment on Arab nationalism is a winner. Seale is the master of the Levant's modern history. Rigorous and beautifully written, it is one of the best accounts of the complex reality of the Middle East in the first half of the twentieth century."
The Arabs: A History
The Arabs: A History
"This is THE single volume history of modern Arab history for laymen and professors. Rogan has catapulted himself to the top rung of Middle East Historians; he writes in the grand style and covers the great sweep of history. It deserves the accolades."
Osman's Dream: The History of the Ottoman Empire
Osman's Dream: The History of the Ottoman Empire
"Finally, a sweeping history of the Ottoman Empire that is at once scholarly and fun to read. What a joy."
Gertrude Bell: Queen of the Desert, Shaper of Nations
Gertrude Bell: Queen of the Desert, Shaper of Nations
"A great tale and you learn a lot about the Middle East."
America's Misadventures in the Middle East
America's Misadventures in the Middle East
"Chas Freeman is excellent: argumentative, opinionated and smart."
The International Relations of the Persian Gulf
The International Relations of the Persian Gulf
"Greg Gause is America's leading political scientist on the Gulf. This is a grand overview of America's entanglement in the region since taking over from the British in 1970. Many have been waiting for this book for a long time."
Once Upon a Country: A Palestinian Life
Once Upon a Country: A Palestinian Life
"A fresh and subtle approach. Nusseibeh dramatizes recent history in Palestine as few others have done. As Amos Elon has written, "His book has the ring of hard truth that no other Palestinian I know of has been willing to express with comparable eloquence and courage."
A History of the Modern Middle East
A History of the Modern Middle East
"The best one volume history of the Middle East. Readable and reliable."
Dreams and Shadows: The Future of the Middle East
Dreams and Shadows: The Future of the Middle East
"Wright has been covering the Middle East for 30 years and is one of the best-informed American journalists. She interviews Syria's top opposition leaders - Riad al-Saif and Michel Kilo -only weeks before they were arrested and locked up. Her interview with Riad al-Turk is classic."
The Places In Between
The Places In Between
"The one book to read on Afghanistan. Rory has insight to spare and the leanest of British styles. A jewel."
The Shia Revival: How Conflicts within Islam Will Shape the Future
The Shia Revival: How Conflicts within Islam Will Shape the Future
"A fast romp through Shi'i-Sunni relations. A timely overview by one of America's best experts."
The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy
The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy
"This book by two of America's best scholars has been at the center of national debate on the power of the Israel Lobby. Are they courageous and speaking truth to power? Or are they bigots, inflaming anti-Semitism with shoddy scholarship? Find out."
The Prince of the Marshes: And Other Occupational Hazards of a Year in Iraq
The Prince of the Marshes: And Other Occupational Hazards of a Year in Iraq
"Do you want to know what went wrong in Iraq? Take it from a young administrator of a province. He can write and he had already travelled across Afghanistan on foot."
All the Shah's Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror
All the Shah's Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror
"How it all started. Kinzer makes history read like a mystery novel. He has also done his homework and interviewed everyone. He writes like a dream. Provocative and fun."