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Neue Herren in Mittelost
Neue Herren in Mittelost
By Lily Abegg
Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt, 1954, 558 pp.

A Swiss journalist who has written some penetrating interpretations of the Far East here turns her attention to the Arab world. Though not an Arabist, she has recently spent two years to excellent advantage travelling about the Middle East and North Africa. The first half of the book is devoted to an introductory tour of the Arab countries and to portraits of the leading personalities. In the second half she tackles some of the major issues besetting the area: social tensions and nationalism, the conflict with Israel, Suez and the Sudan, the abundance of oil and the paucity of water, and the problem of defense.