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This second edition of the Westview press reader is an almost completely reworked volume reflecting new scholarship and a narrowing world focus since its original printing in 2005. Presenting thirty-one articles of contemporary analysis of Middle Eastern politics from academics, journalists, diplomats and politicians, the new edition reduces the scope of coverage to two political pairings, Israel and Palestine and Iran and Iraq and includes new primary documents such as recent speeches about the region by Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu. Also new to this volume are an introduction by Middle Eastern scholar Arthur Goldschmidt Jr. (history, Penn St. U) and a conclusion by Shibley Telhami a professor, commentator and senior fellow at the Brookings institution. The volume includes numerous maps and a comprehensive bibliography of further reading. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc. , Portland, OR (booknews. com)
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