The Media Relations Department of Hizbollah Wishes You a Happy Birthday: Unexpected Encounters in the Changing Middle East (Anglais) Broché – 23 mars 2010
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Well-written and highly recommended.
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Neil's explanations about the 1967 Israeli victory in the Six-Day War as being the start of Muslim fundamentalism's rise throughout the Middle East is very useful for understanding how things moved to where they are now in most Middle Eastern countries. Neil's explanation of how the mukhabarat - the security services - in Middle Eastern countries have taken on unprecedented power in each country for defending the status quo is extremely valuable. Neil provides numerous encounters with these security services. As a result, I now feel that I have gained an awareness for a dimension of life in Middle Eastern countries that I did not have when I was a tourist or occasional sojourner in the Middle East. I now better appreciate what citizens of Middle Eastern countries must think about on an ongoing basis - whether one's actions or words will prompt an "invitation" to come speak with the mukhabarat.
The book moves fast and includes humorous episodes (in the midst of daunting circumstances). I would recommend this book highly to those who are just beginning a relationship with the Middle East, those that want to know if there is hope for the Middle East, and those who have years of direct experience with the Middle East. The scope of Neil's coverage would help any veteran of the Middle East know about what is happening across the thousands of miles of this region.
The excellent reviews the book has received will tell you about the wonderful character sketches he draws from across the region. What I can tell you is that this is the book I am buying to give to my friends. After Obama's speech in Cairo, reading this book is a must...and a treat.
I originally checked this book out from the library, but after reading it, I went out and bought it in hardcover as an investment. I know that I will return to it many times, and will lend it to friends eager for a keen-eyed assessment of the Middle East.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys good writing, as MacFarquhar is a master storyteller, but I ESPECIALLY recommend it to anyone interested at all in Middle East politics. Most of all, if you are going to study abroad or you are returning from a study abroad in the Middle East, YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK. It taught me more than any intro session ever could and put into words my reflections on my time there better than I ever could have.
I don't know if you read these, but keep 'em comin', Neil. I can't stop reading whatever you write (anyone who likes this book should also read The Sand Café and Neil's work for the New York Times). Your style is unmatched by anyone I've read. Thanks for the joy I got reading this book!
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