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What Every American Should Know About the Middle East by Melissa L. Rossi
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Jun 24, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: non-fiction, recommended
Read from June 04 to 21, 2010

This is the fourth "What Every American Should Know About..." book I've read and just as fascinating as the others. Published in 2008, this book is filled with facts, history, and the current state of affairs of the countries which comprise the Middle East. Although it's not the sexiest title in the world, it's a book that I read like a page-turning thriller. I kept putting down the fiction titles I've been reading and reading this instead. Before this book, I only had vague notions of what what was going on in this part of the world, and little idea of how it got that way. But after reading this, I've got a much better understanding of the area, it's diverse people, and how they got there. One thing that stands out is how you just can't paint these Middle Eastern countries as simply good and bad, black or white. They all have their good and bad points. And the USA is included in that assessment since the USA has had a big hand in shaping Middle Eastern affairs and it's not always been a helping hand. Nobody comes away cleanly from this book. Not the USA, the British, the French, or the many characters in the Middle East. It's a messy world and this book helped me put it in context. This is just fascinating stuff.

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Reading Progress

06/04/2010 page 57
06/10/2010 page 120
23.44% "Fascinating."
06/14/2010 page 222
56.0% "thoroughly fascinating"
06/16/2010 page 295
74.0% "Qatar doesn't sound so bad."
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