How the West Created the Unending Turmoil in the Middle East

Review by Black, Matthew:

As a x2 Iraq vet, I was always troubled and interested in the modern history of the middle east. If you want a really gut-wrenching account of how the west completely screwed up an entire region, look no further. The incompetence of civic leaders, their blatant arrogance and greed, their backdoor dealings and re-dealings, the political swings, the sheer luck of some incidents, and the silliness of so-called “intellectuals”, comes to the fore in this great book. If you have dreams of quality international politics or agreements, this book will shatter them. Many of the accounts could easily have been written today and be believable.

The book is well divided into chapters, but requires careful reading to keep up with the people, places, and politics. A quick bio of key players right at the outset would have been quite beneficial.

Only giving it four stars because it really needs some full-page maps, particularly for the campaigns and showing national boundaries in the 1918s. Finding a quality map of the late Ottoman Empire and modern middle east is essential if you’re going to follow the campaigns, as the map is unfortunately devoid of any maps. GoogleEarth was a great help, and you can also get an idea for the key terrain (Hejaz for example)

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Review by Barry Melius

Lord Byron wrote a poem describing how seeing a small thing in depth allows you to see the grand whole. For me A Peace to End All Peace is that to the Mid East. Reading this has taught me more about why the Mid East is the way it is than decades of reading newspapers in the mistaken idea I was being informed. Researched over a ten year period…

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