Middle East Conflicts and America
Edited by Daniel Pipes
Lanham, Md.: University Press of America, 1993. Cloth and paper
As one of the world's most volatile areas, the Middle East receives disproportionate media coverage. But this coverage almost invariably presents the events of the day without providing the context needed to understand the implications and meaning of those events. The eighteen articles in this volume, which originally appeared in Orbis: A Journal of World Affairs in 1990 and 1991, provide insight into the context of Middle Eastern events. Arab politics, the Arab-Israeli conflict, the Persian Gulf, and U.S. policy are examined in detail. The main themes covered are security issues such as wars, terrorism, and hostage-taking, and attitudes, including public opinion in Lebanon and the United States and the Israeli security dilemma.
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Critics on Sandstorm
"The 18 chapters of the book were originally published as articles in Orbis: AJournal of World Affairs between 1986 and 1991. Together they provide an excellent background for Middle East topics of current interest. Written by established Middle East experts, the chapters cover a wide range of topics."
- R. M. Bigler, Choice, January 1994
"Definitely, one of the most informed, intellectually original and stimulating anthologies ever written about the Middle East. Each chapter by itself stands head and shoulders above the pedestrian writings in most of the 'establishment' journals and books published today. As a whole, this book is absolutely indispensable to anyone studying the Middle East. It should become required reading at the State Department and CIA. Even for the general public, this book should be owned by anyone who really wants to understand the Middle East. Bravo to the editors and authors of this masterpiece!
- Steven Emerson
"One of the more fascinating pieces included here is the editor's own "Declaring Independence." Each of the rest of the articles assembled here has something of interest to impart to the general reader as well as to the specialist.
- Nissim Rejwan
"This book goes beyond discussing the traditional US-Israel relations and brings out the rarely known facts of US reliance on Israeli combat experience in upgrading and redesigning its military potential."
- Col. Ramesh Davesar