"From the Hardcover edition."
Milton Viorst has covered the Middle East as a journalist and scholar since the 1960s. He was The New Yorker's Middle East correspondent, and his work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and The Wall Street Journal. He has written six books on the Middle East and lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, the poet Judith Viorst. From the Hardcover edition.
Viorst (In the Shadow of the Prophet: The Struggle for the Soul of Islam), a veteran writer on the Middle East, presents a regional overview, focusing mainly on the 20th century. He finds nothing new in the current conflict and explains Middle Eastern reluctance to embrace democracy as the result of decades of broken Western promises. This is a good summary for the general reader in search of historical background to today's news. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.