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The William Stewart Tod professor of Politics and International Affairs emeritus at Princeton University selects the most important books on the Middle East reviewed during the last year. Here are his reviews, culled from recent issues of the magazine.
Click here to see all of the best books on international relations of 2013.
From his experience as a senior adviser on the U.S. National Security Council, Abrams provides an intelligent and astonishingly detailed chronicle of the George W. Bush administration’s failed attempts at solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He is an eloquent and unapologetic advocate for Israel and for American neoconservatism.
In the aftermath of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, Malkasian spent two years in Garmser as a State Department political officer. His rich, shrewdly constructed history of the area shows how tribal elders used the United States and the Taliban as resources in their own turf battles, which often revolved around access to irrigated land.
This book will be read carefully in Tehran, Washington, and Tel Aviv; Pollack lays out the strategic factors the United States must take into account when deciding how to deal with Iran’s nuclear program.