Review by: Joseph Stiglitz, Winner of the Nobel Prize - January 1, 2005
"Rashid Khalidi's extraordinary book is enormously relevant for our times, especially in light of America's growing involvement in the Middle East."
Review by: John Mearsheimer, Author of The Tragedy of Great Power Politics - January 1, 2005
"If you are wondering why the United States is up to its ears in alligators in Iraq and is widely hated in the Arab world, read this impressive book."
"Unlike most so-called Middle East experts, Khalidi actually knows a great deal about that region, which allows him to make a sophisticated and persuasive case that the Bush administration's plan to re-make the Middle East at the end of a rifle barrel is delusional."
Review by: Warren Cohen, Los Angeles Times - January 1, 2005
"Khalidi makes a powerful case for a more evenhanded policy toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict-and for the rejection of the dangerous ambition of making the United States an imperial power in the Middle East."
Review by: Chris Hedges, New York Times - January 1, 2005
"Khalidi's role is as a historian, working to show how historical forces, largely ignored in the U.S., have shaped the modern Middle East. He takes particular delight in demolishing the various clichés used to describe the Middle East, bred out of what he terms 'America's historical amnesia.'"
Review by: Ronald Steel, The Nation - January 1, 2005
"With a deep knowledge of the Middle East and a felicitous literary style, Khalidi . . . examines the history of U.S. involvement in the area against the backdrop of European colonialism and shows why an assertion of our good intentions has little meaning for peoples who have known two centuries of foreign occupation and domination."