The Making of the Modern Middle East : A Personal History
Author: Bowen, Jeremy Published 14/09/2023 | Paperback / softback
130 x 198 x 27 | 280g
A Sunday Times Paperback of the YearA Spectator and New Statesman Book of the Yearâ€˜An illuminating and riveting read.â€™ – Jonathan DimblebyJeremy Bowen, the International Editor of the BBC, has been covering the Middle East since 1989 and is uniquely placed to explain its complex past and its troubled present. Here, Bowen offers readers a gripping and invaluable guide to the modern Middle East, how it came to be and what its future might hold.
In The Making of the Modern Middle East â€“ in part based on his acclaimed podcast, â€˜Our Man in the Middle Eastâ€™ â€“ Bowen takes us on a journey across the Middle East and through its history. He meets ordinary men and women on the front line, their leaders, whether brutal or benign, and he explores the power games that have so often wreaked devastation on civilian populations as those leaders, whatever their motives, jostle for political, religious and economic control.
Clear throughout is Bowen’s deep understanding of the political, cultural and religious differences between countries as diverse as Erdoganâ€™s Turkey, Assadâ€™s Syria, Netanyahuâ€™s Israel, and Palestine, whether Hamas-controlled Gaza or the West Bank, and his long experience of covering events in the region.