Arabs & Israel for Beginners

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Writers and Readers, 1993 - History - 210 pages
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The history of the Middle East goes back about 12,000 years, most of which was not marked by fighting between Arabs and Jews.
Documenting the Middle East from ancient times to present, Arabs & Israel for Beginners is one of few books cover the issues of both Jews and Arabs objectively, insightfully and in an easy-to-read style. Some of the provocative issues and topics that the book covers are the birth of "Western" civilization in the Middle East and Africa; the truth about ancient Israel from birth to destruction; the building of the "Walled" city of Jericho; the origin of Christianity; the real story of modern Israel's birth; Jewish history beginning with Abraham [c.2000 BC] & Moses [c. 1350 BC]; documented facts on the Arab-Israeli wars; the lowdown on the PLO, Intifada, US Money; Desert Storm and Terrorism; and the September 1993 PLO/Israel peace talks.
In the tradition characteristic of the "Beginners Series", Arabs & Israel for Beginners is written for two vastly different types of readers; those who are new to the Arab-Israel discussion and those submersed in it and perhaps confused by facts that just don't seem to add up.

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I remember first reading this book many many years ago. After reading it I ended up taking several courses in Political Science and Middle East history at university, and have read all of the classic ... Read full review

I think I am starting to get it

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This book is a great starting off point from for a person that really had no concept of the nuances and complications of this confusing part of the world. Author does an amazing job of looking at the ... Read full review


chapter 1lntroductionWhere ls This Book Heading? chapter 2Basic Questions
The Middle East in the Good 01 Days
chapter 4lnventing CivilizationAncient Cities of Mesopotamia

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Ron David grew up in Detroit, attended Wayne State University and the Detroit Society of Arts & Crafts and served three years in the Army. For years he earned his living as an industrial clay sculptor (Detroit, New York, California and Sweden) and spent 20-30 hours per week writing books. Ron was awarded a Grant from the New Jersey Council on the Arts for one of his novels. He also spent four years as Editor-in-Chief at Writers and Readers Publishing. He is the author of four published books including "Toni Morrison Explained: A Reader's Road Map to the Novels" (Random House). Ron David has been married to Susan David (an artist/designer at Tiffany & Co.) for 30 years.

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