Middle East Rules of Thumb is of interest to anyone that seeks a better understanding of the complexities of the Middle East-its history, politics, diplomacy, and culture. Through the 50 rules and their appendices, Professor Steven Carol offers a realistic historical perspective on this important region. As has been constantly pointed out by such media monitors as Honest Reporting, Palestine Media Watch, and CAMERA, Middle East issues can often become muddled and confusing, particularly since the mainstream media often commits sins of biased omission-leaving out important information that can help the public comprehend the entire picture. The highly reliable information presented in Middle East Rules of Thumb seeks to counteract these inaccuracies. Readers will gain insight by applying these rules when hearing or reading news or commentaries on these subjects. Middle East Rules of Thumb is the product of many years of academic research. It will not be readily dated, like many other books in the field, because the underlying principles compiled here are valid and immutable. It belongs in the "reference" category for anyone concerned with war and peace in the Middle East.
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Published July 28, 2008