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    Book Review – ‘Moment of Truth: Tackling Israel–Palestine’s Toughest Questions’ by Jamie Stern-Weiner

Book Review – ‘Moment of Truth: Tackling Israel–Palestine’s Toughest Questions’ by Jamie Stern-Weiner

by Yoav Kapshuk

What more could be written about the Israeli–Palestinian conflict that has lasted over a century with no solution in sight? The Oslo process ended a long time ago, settlements continue to develop and the prospects for a two-state solution do not seem realistic. Jamie Stern-Weiner’s Moment of Truth comes around 50 years after the 1967 war. In […]

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    Book Review – ‘From the River to the Sea: Palestine and Israel in the Shadow of “Peace”‘ by Mandy Turner

Book Review – ‘From the River to the Sea: Palestine and Israel in the Shadow of “Peace”‘ by Mandy Turner

by Ian Black
A ‘rigorously analytical’ new collection of essays, edited by the Kenyon Institute’s Mandy Turner, seeks to explain what has happened during (and since) the long and dubious Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Grim insights into the Palestinian condition are followed by the hopeful vision of a single democratic state, but is such a solution feasible?
Correction: This review initially implied […]

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    Book Review – ‘Assad or we Burn the Country: How One Family’s Lust for Power Destroyed Syria’ by Sam Dagher

Book Review – ‘Assad or we Burn the Country: How One Family’s Lust for Power Destroyed Syria’ by Sam Dagher

by Joey Ayoub
A powerful new chronicle of the Syrian tragedy, based on interviews with regime insiders and rebel activists, seeks to explain the Assad government’s successful grip on power and the lengths to which it will go to maintain this.

‘Assad or we burn the country’ has become the most notorious slogan associated with the Assad regime and its supporters […]

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    Book Review – ‘Iran: A Social and Political History since the Qajars’ by Yann Richard

Book Review – ‘Iran: A Social and Political History since the Qajars’ by Yann Richard

by Marc Martorell Junyent
For the first time, groundbreaking French Iranologist Yann Richard’s history of Iran since the Qajar period has been published in English. In this remarkable book, Richard provides us with a comprehensive and coherent account of more than two centuries of Iranian history built upon a single narrative.

Yann Richard, Professor Emeritus at the Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle–Paris […]

October 4th, 2019|Book Reviews, Iran|0 Comments|

Book Review – ‘Lords of the Desert’ by James Barr

by Jim Muir
James Barr has produced a worthy successor to ‘A Line in the Sand’, his masterly study of collusion, rivalry and skulduggery as the British and French wrestled to carve up the Middle East to their own benefit in the early decades of the 20th century. Here he carries forward the story, showing how the Americans, far from […]

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