Title:Arabian Sands Author: Wilfred Thesiger Year: 1983 About: British adventurer, Wilfred Thesiger (1910-2003) tells his story of his travel through the Empty Quarter of Saudi Arabia.
Title:A History of the Modern Middle East Author: William L. Cleveland Year: 2004 About: An overview of changes in the Middle East over the past two centuries, taking in social, cultural, and economic developments.
Title:If Olaya Street Could Talk Author: John Paul Jones Year: 2007 About: Olaya Street is a major commercial street in Riyadh. The book looks at the past 25 years, and how Western perceptions of the country and how those perceptions were formed.
Title:The Great War for Civilisation: The Conquest of the Middle East Author: Robert Fisk Year: 2007 About: As Amazon describes, "A sweeping and dramatic history of the last half century of conflict in the Middle East from an award-winning journalist who has covered the region for over forty years, The Great War for Civilisation unflinchingly chronicles the tragedy of the region from the Algerian Civil War to the Iranian Revolution; from the American hostage crisis in Beirut to the Iran-Iraq War; from the 1991 Gulf War to the American invasion of Iraq in 2003. A book of searing drama as well as lucid, incisive analysis, The Great War for Civilisation is a work of major importance for today's world."
Title:The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy Author: John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt Year: 2008 About: Amazon says of the book, "...Now in a work of major importance, Mearsheimer and Walt deepen and expand their argument and confront recent developments in Lebanon and Iran. They describe the remarkable level of material and diplomatic support that the United States provides to Israel and argues that this support cannot be fully explained on either strategic or moral grounds."
Title:The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine Author: Ilan Pappe Year: 2007 About: Israeli historian, Ilan Pappe writes of the creation of the State of Israel between 1947 and 1949, when "over 400 Palestinian villages were deliberately destroyed, civilians were massacred and around a million men, women, and children were expelled from their homes at gunpoint. ... (H)ad it happened today it could only have been called "ethnic cleansing."