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The New Middle East: The World After the Arab Spring Paperback – 18 Sep 2015

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“Danahar weaves a complex narrative into a lively, accessible read, much of which should withstand the passage of time . . . A solid but easygoing compendium for anyone who wants a read beyond the headlines, done with a journalistic lightness of touch.” ―Daily Telegraph

“The optimistic take on the Arab revolution, though, is that the coups and massacres are part of a messy process that will eventually lead to more democratically responsive societies. This argument threads its way through Danahar's remarkable analysis of the Arab Spring . . . This is a book that tries to engage with people who can speak for everyone in the Spring, from Brotherhood activists . . . to Israeli and Egyptian generals. It is written in a spirit of adventure . . . And is all the better for it.” ―The Times

“A timely exploration of an unstable region still on the brink of change and revolution.” ―Traveller

“Are you confused by the welter in the Middle East, headlines crowded with revolution and coup, Islamism, civil war and resurgent jihad? May I recommend Paul Danahar's excellent regional survey, The New Middle East: The World After the Arab Spring? Danahar is the BBC's Middle East bureau chief, experienced and clear eyed. His style is crisp and elegant, equally adept at telling human portraits as interviewing generals and presidents and sketching historical context . . . The events of the Arab Spring and its aftermath will continue to defy prediction; but in the meantime, it's worth reading Danahar to take stock of some of the geopolitical tectonic shifts and the forces that are remaking our old assumptions.” ―Prospect

“He reports perceptively on the internal contradictions of the Jewish state, from militant settlers to the ultraorthodox Haredim.” ―Guardian

About the Author

Paul Danahar is the BBC's Middle East Bureau Chief and ran the organization's news coverage of the Arab Spring. He has reported from Iraq, Iran and North Korea--every nation in the "Axis of Evil." In 2013 he was appointed the BBC's North America Bureau Chief, based in Washington, DC. Follow him at @pdanahar.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks; Revised edition (18 September 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408870177
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408870174
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.2 x 20.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #67,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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