In this masterly work of synthesis, Peter Mansfield draws on his experience as a journalist and historian to form a picture of the political and social history of the meeting point of Occident and Orient over the last two centuries, from Bonaparte's marauding invasion of Egypt to the start of the Gulf War. In two penetrating final chapters, Peter Mansfield discusses Saddam Hussein and the prospects for the future.
©1991 Peter Mansfield; (P)1991 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"Brown's masterful reading of this book is fluid and pleasing, enlivening what could have easily come across as a monotonic lecture in the hands of the wrong reader. Brown's skillful reading compliments an already superb book." (Large Print Reviews)
"It is the kind of work that clarifies a person's perspective...it gives the listener insight into how Gamal Nassar, Anwar Sadat, Col. Qaddafi, and Saddam Hussein came to power." (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
Helps put the Middle East in perspective. Useful that it was written in the 1990s so it isn't tainted with 9/11 hindsightism.
I am sorry to report that although I love history and am really interested in the topic, this is among the most boring books I have ever listened to. The book is written without wit or style, and the reader drones on, making the total package almost impossible to listen to. Stay away from this book.
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