This in-depth study of U.S. involvement in the modern Middle East carefully weighs the interplay of domestic, cultural, religious, diplomatic, international, and military events in one of the world's most troubled regions.
* Hundreds of alphabetically organized entries on wars, political events, religious and cultural issues, and diplomatic initiatives, as well as in-depth essays on background material, area and regional analyses, and biographical entries
* An introduction by General Anthony Zinni, USMC (Ret), former commander in chief of U.S. Central Command
* A chronologically arranged final volume comprised of primary and contemporary documents with individual introductions
* A detailed chronology of events
* Cross-references and books for further reading appended to each entry
* A bibliography of over 450 books that are the latest in the field