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Thousand Year War in the Mideast: How It Affects You Today (Uncle Eric #9)

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This book explains how events on the other side of the world a thousand years ago can affect us more than events in our own hometowns today. The Thousand Year War in the Mideast is a concise European/Mideast history course. Learn about the Russians, Serbs, Croats, the Balkans, Kosovo, the Ottoman and Mongol empires, Turkey, Greece, Iran, Iraq, Indonesia, Russia, Oman, ...more
Paperback, 270 pages
Published September 20th 2001 by Bluestocking Press (first published May 1st 1999)
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Feb 28, 2011 Tripleguess rated it it was ok
I read this years ago. At the time I was very impressed with it and thought that poor Islam was the most maligned and misunderstood religion in the world, and that the Islamic world had been treated very badly by the West, in particular Europe and America.

Now, having learned a bit more about the realities behind the PC image, I have to wonder why the author gives Muslims a free pass for all the bad things they did (and do) -- as though being Muslim and having suffered under the Crusades made the
Jun 25, 2011 Michelle rated it really liked it
LIke Maybury's other books, he doesn't intend to be objective, and he tries to add a perspective much needed. However, he cherrypicks something awful and rewrites things he wishes weren't so. Sigh. Still good for getting teens to think about things in new ways, but oh, do tell your teens that the "Barbary Pirates" did NOT only attack ships in the Gulf of Sidra! Maybury makes it sound like we picked on these nice little guys who only wanted to charge people for sailing in their own nice ...more
Dec 12, 2014 Marcus rated it really liked it
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A very interesting read. Much of this material was a "first time hear" for me so I have a lot to chew on. Overall it is shocking the U.S.'s history of involvement in the Middle East, and not in a good way. Many young German's grow up never learning the word "holocaust". In like manner, there is much we as Americans are not taught of America's history. Being written in the late 90s, I wish this book would be updated to address current events. I wonder if in light of 9/11 the author's view would ...more
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Sep 14, 2016 Beverli Haroldsen rated it liked it
Interesting and eye opening. He tells the story from a non-eurocentric viewpoint. He's not anti-American, but definitely anti-some decisions and actions of the government, along the lines of George Washington's advice in his farewell address, "Friendly relations with all, entangling alliances with none."
Jul 09, 2010 Alice rated it it was amazing
This book was the beginning of a new path I began to walk. It opened my eyes to seeing what was going on in the world through eyes other than my own - which were tuned to the news and only the present circumstances. This is an invaluable, easy to comprehend book about the history of where we are in our dealings with the Mideast today. In the back is research information dealing with the political systems of all countries from that area. This is filled with great quotations from our founding ...more
Dawn Roberts
Jun 01, 2014 Dawn Roberts rated it liked it
I am torn about this book. Most of what Maybury does, he does very well. And I would say that about 80% of this book. However, as an apparently a-religious person, he accurately observes that religion and politics are the same thing in the Middle East; but then he shows no interest in deeply understanding the beliefs of the world's major religions. He claims that the Jews who founded Israel were ignorant about Islam. He also believes that if the West simply leaves Islam alone, they won't be ...more
Celeste Batchelor
This is my least favorite Richard Maybury book so far. Generally I love what he has to say. My biggest complaint about this book is the author's complete lack of judging the Mideast from a "right" and "wrong" point of view. He only judges from what Arabs think and feel.

I have a hard time with anyone doing that for any reason. Everything is either right or wrong. It can't be kind of right because they feel cheated. Or, kind of right because they have a long history of violence. It just doesn't r
Jeanette Powell
May 28, 2015 Jeanette Powell rated it really liked it
Using this for part of World History class next year. Maybury is
open with his viewpoint as a libertarian, but he presents the information
clearly. I think this is an excellent starting point for learning about the
Middle East.
Oct 12, 2008 Bobby rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those interested in Middle East History
Overall the book is ok, but it is strange now to read a book warning against an Iraq invasion and what would happen after Saddam Hussein. More people should have read this before 2003.
Jan 13, 2013 Tami rated it it was amazing
Another great "Uncle Eric" book. This was a very informative explanation of war 1000 years ago and how it has been the reason for every since.
Sep 19, 2013 Lisa added it
I can not say enough positive things about this book. A must read for everyone. The best history & political book ever.
Jul 06, 2009 Delona rated it it was amazing
Another great one. This one, however, was written in 1999 so I wish he would update it with current info.
Feb 01, 2011 Dave rated it it was amazing
Eye-opening description about the consequences of our foreign policy and in contrast how our government should behave in the world.
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Richard Maybury, also known as Uncle Eric, is a world renowned author, lecturer and geopolitical analyst. He consults with business firms in the U.S. and Europe. Mr. Maybury is the former Global Affairs editor of “Moneyworld” and widely regarded as one of the finest free market writers in America. MR. Maybury’s articles have appeared in “The Wall Street Journal,” “USA Today,” and other major ...more
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