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My Middle Eastern Education

James D. Crabtree "Doc Crabtree"
The list author says: "I've spent significant time in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Qatar, Kuwait, Iraq and Israel. I've also studied, both on my own and at university, the history of the Middle East and the various turns it has taken. I hope sometime to teach Middle Eastern History myself."
Republic of Fear: The Politics of Modern Iraq, Updated Edition
Republic of Fear: The Politics of Modern Iraq, Updated Edition
"Not an easy book to get into but it explains the nature of Saddam's fascist regime."
One Palestine, Complete: Jews and Arabs Under the British Mandate
One Palestine, Complete: Jews and Arabs Under the British Mandate
"A study of Palestine during the pre-Independence Mandate and the relationship between the British, the Arabs and the Jewish settlers."
The Lessons of Modern War, Vol. 2: The Iran-Iraq War
The Lessons of Modern War, Vol. 2: The Iran-Iraq War
"An important study. The Iran-Iraq War helped to shape the later Gulf War conflicts and also set the stage for Iran's efforts to export Islamofascism."
A Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East
A Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East
"To understand the modern Middle East begin with this book and the explaination of how the current states were created."
Arafat's War: The Man and His Battle for Israeli Conquest
Arafat's War: The Man and His Battle for Israeli Conquest
"The role of Arafat in the destabilization of the Middle east and the blocking of a permanent peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians cannot be overestimated."
The Crisis of Islam: Holy War and Unholy Terror
The Crisis of Islam: Holy War and Unholy Terror
"Discusses the state of religion in the modern Middle East and its relationship to social structures in the region."
Israel: Birth of a Nation
Israel: Birth of a Nation
"An easy video to watch, this program discusses the creation of the Israeli state."
The Lessons Of Modern War: Volume I: The Arab-israeli Conflicts, 1973-1989
The Lessons Of Modern War: Volume I: The Arab-israeli Conflicts, 1973-1989
"If you can find it this is a strictly military look at the wars fought between Israel and its neighbors, from the creation of Israel to the 1980s. Instrumental in understanding the security concerns and postures of the major states in the region."
Al Manar TV: In the Name of the Hezbollah
Al Manar TV: In the Name of the Hezbollah
"This gives you a mercifully short sample of the sort of Islamofascist propaganda which spews hate all over the Middle east."
Parting the Desert : The Creation of the Suez Canal
Parting the Desert : The Creation of the Suez Canal
"For almost a century the Suez Canal was the most important strategic feature of the Middle East. Learn how it was built."
Baghdad: The Bradt City Guide (Bradt Mini Guide)
Baghdad: The Bradt City Guide (Bradt Mini Guide)
"A small book but very helpful if you anticipate going to Baghdad. Interesting reading if you do not."
Bin Laden: The Man Who Declared War on America
Bin Laden: The Man Who Declared War on America
"Discusses how bin Laden became the enemy of America and indeed of the thinking world."
The Crossing of the Suez, Revised Edition
The Crossing of the Suez, Revised Edition
"The 1973 War and the Egyptian crossing of the Suez marked the high point of Arab military fortunes in the Middle East. A good book for putting later events into context."
Ataturk: The Biography of the founder of Modern Turkey
Ataturk: The Biography of the founder of Modern Turkey
"Turkey managed to build a secular republic, even though it emerged from the seat of the Caliphate. Read this and see the alternative to Islamofascism."
Inside Egypt: The Land of the Pharaohs on the Brink of a Revolution
Inside Egypt: The Land of the Pharaohs on the Brink of a Revolution
"Modern Egypt is rife with corruption, torture and hopelessness. Read about the failure of one of the Middle Eastern states."
Unholy Business: A True Tale of Faith, Greed and Forgery in the Holy Land
Unholy Business: A True Tale of Faith, Greed and Forgery in the Holy Land
"The sad but true story of rampant looting and forgery of relics from the Holy Lands."
Israeli Fortifications of the October War 1973 (Fortress)
Israeli Fortifications of the October War 1973 (Fortress)
"A fascinating look at the fortifications built by Israel on the east bank of the Suez Canal between 1967 and 1973. I only added this one because I've been to the canal zone and find the subject fascinating."
The Complete Infidel's Guide to the Koran
The Complete Infidel's Guide to the Koran
"This book raises serious issues about Islam and dispels rather dangerous misconceptions about the dominant religion in the Middle East"