From author Avi Melamed: The conflicts in the Middle East grow more confusing and dangerous every day. My new book, Inside the Middle East: Making Sense of the Most Dangerous and Complicated Region on Earth is based on my decades of advisory, counterterrorism, education, and intelligence — positions - as well as my intimate connections throughout the Arab world.
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Be the first to ask a question about Inside the Middle East. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Avi Melamed provides a critical look at the Arab world in his book " Inside the Middle East ", as told by an Israeli intellectual. Accordingly, as impartial as the author may hope to be, I can't imagine many in the Arab world will find this book much to their liking.
I found some of these sections somewhat repetitive, since some of the regional issues can be considered applicable to several Countries in the Middle East, and as a result, some of the same topics are covered more than once. Aug 14, Peter Mcloughlin rated it really liked it Shelves: to , to , european-history , general-history , middle-east , media , nonfiction , politics , religion-or-not , world-history.
Fairly good guide to the forces and movements colliding in this part of the world. Gives a fairly detailed picture of the players both the countries and people and ideologies driving events in this part of the world. I am not sure anyone will walk away with definite solutions to the problems of the region but one will have a much better understanding of what is going on there. View 1 comment. Jun 29, Tadas Talaikis rated it liked it.
Aug 29, Arvind rated it really liked it Shelves: current-affairs-analysis. The book was published in and hence presents a recent picture. It is more about analysis than historical events. However, this book is not a polemic, far from it - it tries to understand and explain the motivations of each of the stakeholders in the Middle East. A good read both The book was published in and hence presents a recent picture. A good read both for those seeking an introduction and those who have read a bit on it.
Jan 04, John rated it it was amazing.
Melamed provides an excellent summary and chronology of the Middle East. The glossary alone distinguishing between the different tribes, creeds, actors and followers is worth the price of the book. The Mideast is a complicated maze of warring factions where yesterday's enemies become today's allies. Melamed discloses his orientation and bias pro-Israeli at the outset but remains fairly objective and focused in tracing the history and evolution of the Mideast conflict. The mildest criticism is f Melamed provides an excellent summary and chronology of the Middle East.
The mildest criticism is for something that is unavoidable and embedded in the mayhem of the Mideast. Only a couple of years old, this book is slightly outdated. There is no mention of Mohamed bin Sultan or Jamal Khashoggi; however, as a general introduction, overview and resource on the Mideast, I have yet to find a better book. View all 3 comments.
Sep 07, Lee Nave Jr. I thoroughly enjoyed the first pages of this book.
The author gave well researched responses, tons of valuable information, and really made this book feel like a primer for someone new to studying the Middle East. Then the Israel chapter begun. The author turned a well researched piece of work, into a bias, Zionist, propaganda piece. The author spent pages giving his opinion with a very pretentious tone, essentially saying all western journalist, researchers, and college students are just misi I thoroughly enjoyed the first pages of this book. The author spent pages giving his opinion with a very pretentious tone, essentially saying all western journalist, researchers, and college students are just misinformed and that Israel had not committed the war crimes it is accused of.
Even if that is true, attempting to silence the discourse does more to harm Israel than helps. All the author had to do was provide real and well backed data on what Israel has done to improve the lives of average Palestinians. Instead the author blamed Hamas and Palestine for almost every conflict that has happened.
The author also seems to have a real issue with college groups like Justice for Palestine, which I really didn't get. If you want a well written general overview of the Middle East, read up to page The last 46 pages are bias rants that hurt the overall quality of the book. Dec 26, Michael rated it it was amazing.
Author explains all the intricate power struggles and alliances between Middle East regional powers. Describes every player in the complex Syrian civil war.
Outlines Persian regional ambitions and its power plays in eight different region thru its proxies. Explains obama administration's misunderstanding of iran's aspirations and Sunni dynasties' security concerns. Apr 06, Kathrin rated it it was ok Shelves: non-fiction. The book makes a well researched impression. I don't think the author is as objective as he thinks he is. Eventually only a 2 star review from me, because it read more like a political science text book. I read a lot of non-fiction, but this was too dry for me. Jan 19, Ron W.
If one is not totally literate on Middle East affairs, Melamed opens the reader's mind to many unknown facts affecting this ancient region, and then draws conclusions to highlight how tensions in the region have been simmering for centuries. I read about things I was not completely sure about and was informed of events that have closed many loops of knowledge for me. One such facet is the war in Syria. I knew the civil war was complex, but I just didn't know how complex until I read of all the v If one is not totally literate on Middle East affairs, Melamed opens the reader's mind to many unknown facts affecting this ancient region, and then draws conclusions to highlight how tensions in the region have been simmering for centuries.
I knew the civil war was complex, but I just didn't know how complex until I read of all the vested interests, such as Iran's mullah regime piling huge funds propping up the Assad regime. Then there is Russia, the US, Saudi Arabia, Turkey - all vying for political pole position based upon religious and ethnic biases at the expense of many affected by the war.
I'm so glad I read this book, and ironically it ended right at the point where we are now - awaiting the end of the wars in both Syria and Yemen.
So, another book need to be written soon to further explain this ongoing saga which never seems to end. I highly recommend it. Apr 11, Eurydicegirlgmail. Com rated it it was amazing. Then continue to bumble about. Apr 20, Jerry rated it really liked it. Very dense at times with many figures and names of groups I've never heard of before.
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Repeats much of the information over and over. That being said, the book offers a deep insight into the current situation in the Middle East. Worth the effort. Sep 17, Tom rated it liked it Shelves: commentary , history , non-fiction.
This is an important and useful book for anyone who is interested in the tensions and wars in the Middle East. Written by a former Israeli intelligence officer it provides insights into the current struggle within Islam. He sees the war going on in Syria as a fight to the death between Shiites and Sunnis. Iran supported by Russia , a predominately Shiite nation is striving to develop a Shiite arc all the way to the Mediterranean. This involves linking through Syria, Lebanon and Palestine. Again This is an important and useful book for anyone who is interested in the tensions and wars in the Middle East.
Against this movement are Sunni Muslims, principally Saudi Arabia. Viewed in this way, the Syrian situation and the consequences, such as mass killings, and migration and its secondary effects in Europe is one that will not be resolved soon.
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