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Publisher's Summary

Acclaimed Israeli intelligence analyst Avi Melamed has spent more than 30 years interpreting Middle East affairs. His long-awaited Inside the Middle East challenges widely accepted perceptions and provides a gripping and uniquely enlightening guide to make sense of the events unfolding in the region.

Melamed considers all the major power players in the Middle East, explains the underlying issues, and creates a three-dimensional picture, an illustration that connects the dots and provides a fascinating road map. He elucidates developments such as the Arab Spring, the downfall of the Muslim Brotherhood, the rise of ISIS, the epic Sunni-Shiite animosity, the essence of the war in Syria, the role of the Caliphate and Jihad, and the looming nuclear arms race. He also provides a rare opportunity to journey into the psyche of Arab society.

This unparalleled volume is a milestone in our understanding of the Middle East. It is the untold story of the struggles that will shape the region, and the world, for decades to come, and a groundbreaking guide that will shake you to the core, force you to reevaluate your outlook, and give you tips to navigate the future.

©2016 Avi Melamed (P)2016 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Avi Melamed's inside knowledge of the Middle East makes him a vital resource for anyone striving to find accurate context for today's news from one of the world's most intractable battle zones." (Linda Solomon Wood, Editor-In-Chief at the National Observer)

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  • Lee
  • Sandia Park, NM
  • 06-25-17

Middle East

Extremely interesting. First account of the issues preventing peace that was substantive and insightful. Ought to be required reading for Congress and any President although I realize Trump doesn't read.

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  • Hunter
  • heber, UT, United States
  • 11-30-16

Inflammatory and racist

Pure. Racist. Trash.

In the foreword, the author describes himself as 'deeply humble' and claims this book will lead you on a journey of unbiased, thoughtful and carefully considered fact-based analysis of the situation of the Middle East. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Within 30 minutes it was obvious that this man has nothing but contempt for the Arab culture. He makes sweeping generalizations about the Arabs and Arab culture under the guise of 'fact', and backs them up with simple anecdotes or quotes from random sources - sometimes from Facebook!! of all places.

On numerous occasions he factually stated the reasons why various politicians made certain decisions - am I to believe that Muammar Gaddafi confided his private thoughts to the author?

I turned it off in Chapter 3 when he gloatingly contrasted the virtues of the Israeli culture to the shortcomings of the mindset of the Arab people.

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informative Israeli view.

A one sided, yet informative Israeli view provides a good analysis of the region but blinded with respect to Israel and particularly the Palestinian Authority.

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  • 06-14-17

Worth investing the time...needs to be balanced with other writers on the subject

Well narrated. The author challenges thinking and sets out arguments, which provoke thought. There is a biased view expressed here, given the subject matter it is difficult to find a body of work without such bias. Worth a listen/read as part of wider research in to the region. Keep an open mind.