What Every American Should Know About the Middle East

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Penguin, Dec 30, 2008 - History - 512 pages
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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.


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Contents

ArabIsraeli Wars and Treaties
Last Word
CHEAT SHEET 1
CHEAT SHEET 2
Leaders Corner
The Rise of Chalabi and the INC
Hotshots
Hot Spots
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Leaders Corner
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CHEAT SHEET 3
Leaders Corner
Last Word
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Last Word
Nasrallah versus Siniora
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Bibliography
Online Resources
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About the author (2008)

Melissa Rossi is an award-winning veteran journalist who has penned articles for Newsweek, Newsday, Esquire, George, MSNBC, The New York Observer, and, until recently, wrote a regular column for National Geographic Traveler. She has written extensively about Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, and has lived abroad for many years.


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