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ivar

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  • A Concise History of the Middle East, Ninth Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Arthur Goldschmidt, Lawrence Davidson
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
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    The ninth edition of this widely acclaimed text has been extensively revised to reflect the latest scholarship and the most recent events in the Middle East. As an introduction to the history of this turbulent region from the beginnings of Islam to the present day, the book is distinguished by its clear style, broad scope, and balanced treatment.

    Magnus Odeen says: "An honest, detailed and well written history"
    "Very biased story of the Middle East"
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    The message of the book is highly biased and the authors make no effort to hide their fringe left-wing agenda. Be it the selection of facts, the depictions of historic personalities or the overall tone of the story, its _very_ pro-Arab, especially when it comes to the Israeli-Arab conflict, and "anti-imperialist" (the West is always there to blame for everything bad that has ever happened in the Middle East) and pro-socialist elsewhere. Quick summary: everything Israeli/British/French/American = bad and greedy, Arab=good or at least well-intended.
    In short, if you are looking for truth - please look elsewhere. The "history" as relayed in this book has never existed except in Arab nationalists' and, well, a few Western professors' minds.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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