Book Notes

The New Middle East: What Everyone Needs to Know

The New Middle East: What Everyone Needs to Know by James L. Gelvin (New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2018) 191 pp. Reviewed by Berkay Gülen, PhD Candidate in International Studies, University of Washington   James L. Gelvin’s The New Middle East, a part of ‘What Everyone Needs to Know’ series of the Oxford University Press, [&hellip...    read more 

The Soviet-Israeli War 1967-1973: The USSR’s Military Intervention in the Egyptian-Israeli Conflict  

The Soviet-Israeli War 1967-1973: The USSR’s Military Intervention in the Egyptian-Israeli Conflict   By Isabella Ginor and Gideon Remez   (Oxford University Press, 2017.)  506 pp.    Reviewed by Prof. David A. Meier,  Dickinson State University Ginor and Remez drew positive acclaim for their book Foxbats Over Dimona...    read more 

Turkey’s July 15th Coup: What Happened and Why 

Turkey’s July 15th Coup: What Happened and Why  Edited by M. Hakan Yavuz and Bayram Balcı  (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2018), 344 pp.  Reviewed by Prof. Paul Kubicek, Department of Political Science, Oakland University   The attempted coup of July 15, 2016 constitutes a watershed in modern Turkey. Its failure, in part [&...    read more 

Understanding Zimbabwe: From Liberation to Authoritarianism

Understanding Zimbabwe:  From Liberation to Authoritarianism  by Sara Rich Dorman (New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2016,) pp. 347. Reviewed by Dr. Wyndham Whynot, Department of History and Political Science, Livingstone College Recently Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe, who ruled that country for the last several decades, was remove...    read more 

Israeli Peacemaking since 1967: Factors behind the Breakthroughs and Failures

Israeli Peacemaking since 1967: Factors behind the Breakthroughs and Failures by Galia Golan   (New York: Routledge, 2014) 246 pp. Reviewed by: Raphael BenLevi, Doctoral Candidate, Political Science Department, Bar-Ilan University   Galia Golan is a veteran of the Israeli academia known for connecting her scholarship to real-world action. Gola...    read more 

Iran in World History

Iran in World History  by Richard Foltz (New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2016), 151 pp. Reviewed by: Dr. Wyndham Whynot, Department of History and Political Science, Livingstone College Historically, particular countries often played a significant role within their geographical regions; in the Middle East, the 20th-century several countries such ...    read more 

The Government and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa

The Government and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa Edited by Mark Gasiorowski and Sean L. Yom (Boulder: Westview Press, 2017) Eighth Edition, 578 pp. Reviewed by: Dr. Shaul Bartal, Department of Political Science, Bar-Ilan University  This book sums up Middle Eastern politics, serves as an introduction for beginners on the government and [&...    read more 

The Ottoman Scramble for Africa: Empire and Diplomacy in the Sahara and the Hijaz

The Ottoman Scramble for Africa: Empire and Diplomacy in the Sahara and the Hijaz by Mostafa Minawi (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2016), p. 213. Reviewed by Wyndham Whynot, Ph.D., Professor of History, Livingstone College Major European participants of the 1884-1885 Berlin Conference signed a treaty establishing “ownership” of colonies curren...    read more 

Citizen Hariri: Lebanon’s Neoliberal Reconstruction

Citizen Hariri: Lebanon’s Neoliberal Reconstruction By Hannes Baumann (New York: Oxford University Press, 2016) 251 pp. Reviewed by: Natalie Ghosn, Esq., Attorney at Law, Ph.D. Candidate, International Studies, University of Miami On February 14, 2005, then Prime Minister of Lebanon Rafiq Hariri was assassinated when the motorcade he was travelling in was ...    read more 

Jihadism Transformed, Al-Qaeda and Islamic State’s Global Battle of Ideas

Jihadism Transformed, Al-Qaeda and Islamic State’s Global Battle of Ideas By Simon Staffell and Akil N. Awan (Editors) (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016) 273 pp. Reviewed by: Dr. Christine Sixta Rinehart, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of South Carolina Palmetto College Jihadism Transformed is a collection of essays that elu...    read more