Schneer sorts out the political machinations, mostly during World War I, that produced a redrawn map of the middle east in the 1920s. While it is unde...moreSchneer sorts out the political machinations, mostly during World War I, that produced a redrawn map of the middle east in the 1920s. While it is understandable that British leaders would say anything to end the appalling loss of life on the western front (other than, apparently, 'hey, let's try something different than this trench warfare approach'...), the duplicity (triplicity? quadruplicity?) of pretty much everyone involved in the negotiations is breathtaking.
Schneer explains things clearly and brings the principle players to life. Because he moves back and forth between the Arab aspects, the Jewish aspects, and the Ottoman aspects of British policy, events are not always presented chronologically. However, Schneer does a good job of reminding the reader what is going on elsewhere at the same time. The few maps are very helpful and easy to read in the hardback edition.(less)