I admit that I do get a lot of "duds" on audible: Books that seem promising but never deliver. This is not one! Almost like a textbook, it really moves fast. Some people who are not familiar with the area will have to rewind quite a bit like I did, but it's worth it.
As for those who say it is too "liberal" or too "pro islam or arab" I say that I'm glad to see a counterweight to the "pro american/Israeli" perspective we see so often in the mainstream media. We need to pay more attention to this part of the world if we are ever going to be the super power we claim to be.
I loved this book, but the final chapter on the modern era is missing on the audio version
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