In this much-needed and enlightening book Halliday debunks one hundred of the most commonly misconstrued 'facts' concerning the Middle East - in the political, cultural, social and historical spheres. He gets to the heart of each matter in a straightforward and simple manner that illuminates the issues without compromising their underlying complexities. The Israel-Palestine crisis, the Iran-Iraq war, the US-led Gulf invasions, the Afghan-Soviet conflict and other significant milestones in modern Middle East history come under scrutiny here, with conclusions that will surprise and enlighten many for going so seemingly and persuasively against the grain of commonly held (mis)perceptions.
Fred Halliday is professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and author of numerous books, including The World at 2000, World Politics and Two Hours that Shook the World. A leading authority on superpower relations, development issues, the Middle East and IR theory he is a prolific lecturer and broadcaster.