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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (197 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter Mansfield Narrator: Richard Brown Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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For more than four thousand years, the Middle East has provided a setting for titanic struggles between great civilizations and religions. In the twentieth century it became the focus of rivalry between the European powers as the last major Islamic empire of the Ottoman Turks crumbled and collapsed. The discovery of the world’s greatest oil reserves gave the region global economic importance as well as a unique strategic value.

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.

Incisive and illuminating, A History of the Middle East is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand what is perhaps the most crucial and volatile nerve center of the modern world.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The best overall survey of the politics, regional rivalries, and economics of the contemporary Arab world.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “An excellent political overview.”

    Guardian (UK)

  • “A brilliantly deft and well-informed guide…Coherent, dispassionate, and remarkably inclusive.”

    Times Educational Supplement

  • “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

  • “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

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ahsun | 1/15/2014

    " Peter Mansfield gives a good account of the history of the middle east focusing mainly on the events since the napoleonic era. I recommend everyone who cares about the history of the middle east to get a copy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mary | 1/11/2014

    " Read the few chapters I wanted to- interesting and generally unbiased and offering multiple perspectives. But you know, not exactly summer pleasure reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mary | 1/7/2014

    " Read the few chapters I wanted to- interesting and generally unbiased and offering multiple perspectives. But you know, not exactly summer pleasure reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dan Murphy | 12/21/2013

    " - good book for beginners interested in the ME "

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About the Author

Peter Mansfield (1928–1996) was born in Ranchi, India and was educated at Winchester and Cambridge. For over thirty years, he wrote and broadcasted about the contemporary affairs and history of the Middle East, corresponding regularly for the Financial Times, Economist, and London Sunday Times. His books include Who’s Who in the Arab World and The Arabs.