Item description for The Israel-Arab Reader: A Documentary History of the Middle East Conflict: Sixth Revised and Updated Edition by Walter Laqueur...
The Israel-Arab Reader is a thorough and up-to-date guide to the continuing crisis in the Middle East. It covers the full spectrum of the Israel-Arab conflict-from the earliest days, through the wars and peacemaking efforts, up to the Israel-PLO and Israel-Jordan peace accords. This comprehensive reference includes speeches, letters, articles, and reports dealing with all the major interests in the area from all of the relevant political parties and world leaders. Completely updated, consolidated, and revised throughout, The Israel-Arab Reader contains new sections on the Wye River agreement, and other recent developments, making it the essential resource on the ongoing conflict.
Historians and Middle East specialists Walter Laqueur and Barry Rubin have arranged the material chronologically and without bias. All viewpoints-American, Arab, British, Egyptian, Israeli, Palestinian, and Russian-are accurately presented.
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Studio: Penguin (Non-Classics)
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.7" Width: 5.1" Height: 1.2" Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Release Date Aug 31, 2001
Publisher Penguin (Non-Classics)
ISBN 0140297138 ISBN13 9780140297133
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More About Walter Laqueur
Walter Laqueur, a professor of history and an expert commentator on international affairs, has written and edited more than twenty-five books. Barry Rubin is deputy director of the BESA Center for Strategic Studies and editor of theMiddle East Review of InternationalAffairs. He has written many books on Middle East politics."
Walter Laqueur was born in 1921 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington D.C. The Ce.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Israel-Arab Reader: A Documentary History of the Middle East Conflict: Sixth Revised and Updated Edition?
Almost the Perfect Reference Jul 9, 2003
I will not spend a lot of time writing about how valuable a reference this is - the other reviewers on this site have already more than done it justice. Aside from the relative lack of material on early Zionism (also pointed out by one of the other reviewers), this book has most if not all of the relevant documents. I have only one major criticism (the reason I gave the book four stars instead of 5): the almost complete lack of information about the original sources. Apart from a one-liner preceding each document, no information is given regarding 1) the citation of the original work, including page numbers, where appropriate; 2) the language in which the original work was written; 3) if the work was not written in English, credit for the translation, the date thereof, etc. While these may not be of interest to the casual reader, to anyone doing research in the field, if only for a college paper, these details are critical. Furthermore, in an area as controversial as the Arab-Israeli conflict, the ability to trace documents back to the original and verify translations is everything.
Every UN Document Apr 7, 2003
What else can be said about a book that contains every UN and League of Nations document about the Israel-Palestine conflict? It is a necessity as a reference for those engaged and a great book to learn about the conflict and its basic political evolution.
A book worthy of being called objective Mar 3, 2003
If one is a previously biased reader, this book will doubtlessly contain some documents that are upsetting to read on grounds of including inciteful material. However, the only real criticism that I have is that the 3rd edition has several documents that are of interest to those seeking to research the early Mandatory period, such as documents by Ze'ev Jabotinsky, the Revisionist Zionist and ideological founder of the Irgun Zvai Leumi. It is understanable though, that as future editions come out the length could get phrohibitively long without pruning some data. As a basic and intermediate level documentary text it is one of the best I have come across.
Essential reference to the whole Arab-Israeli issue. Oct 30, 2002
I write in relation to the sixth revised and updated version of this work. My purchase was based upon the recommendations of others here and I was certainly not disappointed with my acquisition of this book.
It really is a priceless reference and guide to the way in which the Middle East has taken shape and how the whole Arab-Israeli issue has developed since it's inception. Indeed, references are quoted with effect from 1882 through until the present day.
We are treated to a seemingly endless accurate list of letters, speeches, reports and articles from a considerable cross section of sources, both in the international arena and in the region itself. This latest version even contains sections on the Camp David negotiations and their subsequent failure in 2000/2001.
One is able to see from the direct quotes of the parties concerned, exactly what was said, and moreover in it's true context, making this an indisputably essential asset to understanding the conflicts and `peace-making' in the region. This level of understanding is made accessible not only to the Camp David talks but also to virtually every other episode of significance relative to this ongoing issue throughout the many decades.
A highly recommended read.
An excellent source of info May 19, 2002
The book is simply a collection of documents on the Arab-Israeli conflict, dating back to the British Mandate in Palestine. The editors included all the important papers such as the Balflour Declaration, the "White Paper," various UN declarations, and speeches made by both Arab and Israeli leaders. The latest documents it contains are those covering the Camp David meetings between President Clinton, barak, and Arafat near the end of Clinton's presidency. While it is not a history of the conflict (merely a collection of historical documents), it certainly can provide you with plenty of info on the subject.