In this completely updated sixth edition, Peretz offers a comprehensive introduction to the history, politics, and contemporary life of the Middle East. Peretz focuses on the major countries in the Middle East, placing emphasis on their political institutions, and reports on the most recent developments in a volatile region.
An introduction to the subject for those with little or no previous academic study of the region. The early chapters trace the historical background of the area generally; later ones focus on more specific contemporary consequences of past events. Based on original and secondary sources, as well as the author's personal experiences in the region as a journalist and researcher. The selected bibliography includes brief annotations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)