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The Making of the Modern Middle East: A Personal History (Paperback)Jeremy Bowen (author)
Based on Bowen's own extensive knowledge of the region from his role as International Editor of the BBC, The Making of the Modern Middle East is a revelatory account of power games between competing strongmen.
Jeremy Bowen, the International Editor of the BBC, has been covering the Middle East since 1989 and is uniquely placed to explain its complex past and its troubled present. In The Making of the Modern Middle East - in part based on his acclaimed podcast, 'Our Man in the Middle East' - Bowen takes us on a journey across the Middle East and through its history.
He meets ordinary men and women on the front line, their leaders, whether brutal or benign, and he explores the power games that have so often wreaked devastation on civilian populations as those leaders, whatever their motives, jostle for political, religious and economic control.
With his deep understanding of the political, cultural and religious differences between countries as diverse as Erdogan's Turkey, Assad's Syria and Netanyahu's Israel and his long experience of covering events in the region, Bowen offers readers a gripping and invaluable guide to the modern Middle East, how it came to be and what its future might hold.
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 282 g
Dimensions: 197 x 131 x 34 mm
'Jeremy Bowen is one of the finest journalists and broadcasters of our age - qualities which shine through every page of this superb book. Written with modesty, grace and compassion, his account of 30 years working in the Middle East for the BBC combines his own personal experience with and a rare understanding of what makes this tortured region so dangerously combustible. His judgements are invariably balanced but when they are due he does not shrink from scathing criticisms of the key actors. The result is an illuminating and riveting read.' - Jonathan Dimbleby, broadcaster, author and historian
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“A frightening explanation”
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“Written in a hurry?”
I’d expected this to be good but am finding it very hard-going. It is full of biased opinion, sweeping statements and is badly-written to boot. I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised given that the BBC has recently... More
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