What Every American Should Know About the Middle East

What Every American Should Know About the Middle East

Book - 2008
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Penguin Putnam
The What Every American Should Know series returns with a timely guide to the region Americans need to understand the most (and know the least)

The latest edition of Melissa Rossi's popular What Every American Should Know series gives a crash course on one of the most complex and important regions of the world. In this comprehensive and engaging reference book, Rossi offers a clear analysis of the issues playing out in the Middle East, delving into each country's history, politics, economy, and religions. Having traveled through the area over the past year, she exposes firsthand the U.S.'s geopolitical moves and how our presence has affected the region's economic and political development. Topics include:

· Why Iran is viewed as a threat by most Middle East countries
· What resource is more important than petroleum in regional power plays
· What's really behind the fighting between Sunni and Shia
· How Saudi Arabia inadvertently feeds the violence in Iraq and beyond
· How monarchies like those in Jordan and Qatar are more open and progressive than the so-called republics

With answers that will surprise many Americans, and covering a vast history and cultural complexity that will fascinate any student of the world, What Every American Should Know About the Middle East is a must-read introduction to the most critical region of the twenty-first century.

Baker & Taylor
Offering a crash course in one of the world's most complex and least understood regions, a timely guide to the Middle East furnishes essential information about the history, politics, economy, cultures, religions, and social institutions of Israel, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, and other nations in the region. Original.

Book News
American journalist Rossi continues her series of books setting out basic facts and history about various aspects of modern society which have somehow eluded the news media that most of her compatriots consult. Her topics include jogging through the millennia, European designs to hack up the Middle East, pardon our (the US) mess in Iraq, the United Arab Emirates as the land of possibilities, the disappearing Palestinian Territories, the Cedar Devolution in Lebanon, and Egypt's secret society. Sidebars, charts, maps, and monochrome photographs help tell the stories. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: New York : Plume, 2008
ISBN: 9780452289598
Characteristics: x, 493 p. : ill., maps


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