Magazine article New Internationalist

The Great War for Civilisation: The Conquest of the Middle East

Magazine article New Internationalist

The Great War for Civilisation: The Conquest of the Middle East

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The Great War For Civilisation: The Conquest of the Middle East by Robert Fisk (4th Estate ISBN 184511007 X)

Those who have read Pity the Nation, Robert Risk's epic chronicle of Lebanon's wars and invasions, will know that he does not favour the exquisite miniature or the understated aside. Hard facts are his stock in trade and it is to his eternal credit that, in his journalism, he consistently goes the extra mile to uncover information that those in power would rather keep hidden. It is no surprise that his new book is as ambitious as it is exhaustive.

Risk's thesis is that the chaos in the Middle East stems from the aftermath of the First World War - the Great War for Civilisation - and the accommodations and arbitrary borders that resulted from the dismemberment of the Ottoman Empire. As a war reporter for three decades, Fisk has spent his working life watching the people within these borders suffer and die, and he has poured all his research and experience into this massive tome. …

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