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The What Every American Should Knowseries 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 highly informative and entertaining 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. Rossi’s comprehensive and engaging guide covers countries such as Israel, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, and much more. Topics include: • Why Iran is viewed as a threat by most Middle East countries • Why the U.S. is turning the Persian Gulf into an armed fortress • 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 • Which countries are modern, forward-thinking, stable and increasingly democratic • 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 Eastis a must-read introduction to the most critical region of the 21st century.
Melissa Rossi is an award-winning journalist who has written articles for Newsweek, National Geographic Traveler, Newsday, Esquire, MSNBC, and The New York Observer. She has written extensively about the Middle East, Europe, and Asia, and has lived abroad for many years.
Table of Contents
Misunderstanding the Middle East
Basic Concepts and Building Blocks
Jogging Through the Millennia
Pulling the Pieces Together
European Designs: Hacking Up the Middle East
1979 and Beyond: A Quick Look at the Issues
Iraq: Pardon Our Mess
Iran: Isn't the Party Over Yet?
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Splitsville
Kuwait: Lines in the Sand
Yemen: In Another World
The United Arab Emirates: The Land of Possibilities
Qatar: Trail Blazing
Bahrain: A New Profile
Oman: Awake at Last
Israel: Fulfilling Prophecies
Disappearing Act: The Palestinian Territories-the West Bank and Gaza
Lebanon: The Cedar Devolution
Syria: Crumbling Support
Jordan: Stuck in the Middle
Egypt: Secret Society
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