In This Review

The United States in the Middle East
The United States in the Middle East
By Seth P. Tillman
Indiana University Press, 1982, 333 pp.

For an understanding of America's role in the Middle East in the past decade this is the best book available: informed, carefully documented, objective. It does not dodge the tough questions. Tillman served on the staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and the book is excellent in covering the legislative side of U.S. policy, less intensive on the executive side. The focus is always on the Arab-Israeli problem; accordingly, areas such as the Northern Tier and the Gulf, which are important for U.S. policy but peripheral to the Arab-Israeli problem, get peripheral treatment.