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William

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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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (276)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (179)

    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"
    "Good Book hijacked by Politics"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Removed the politics from the section starting in 1945 and make it a history book vs. the political statement they are trying to make.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Arthur Goldschmidt and Lawrence Davidson again?

    After listening, I couldn't figure out why it changed. I researched the authors and found Goldschmidt to be the historian and Daivdson to be some type of radical political type. Why would Goldschmidt let Davidson obviously takeover everything after 1945 and turn it into a weird personal political statement .


    What about Tom Weiner’s performance did you like?

    Good, easy to listen to , Didn't attempt to dramatize the book (which is a good thing)


    What character would you cut from A Concise History of the Middle East, Ninth Edition?

    After research. It seems to be Davidson


    Any additional comments?

    The title and career of Goldschmidt deserves better than to allow real work be skewed by a radical political agenda. Too bad.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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