Anatomy of the Middle East Conflict

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Anatomy of the Middle East Conflict

By Y. M. Primakov
Nauka, 1979
330 pp.
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This account by one of the foremost Soviet authorities on the Middle East contains the usual explanations of the Arab-Israeli conflict in terms of imperialism, Zionism and national liberation movements, but it also displays a keen understanding of regional and international politics. Primakov's description of American policy, which takes up the second half of the book, has enough truth to be plausible and enough gaps and distortions to be a caricature.