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Arab leaders are furious about this situation and want Israelis, 'wiped off the map' and their land given back to Palestinians, even though the real estate of the Holy Land looks something like rural Utah. And nearly all the world's leaders see fit to chime in on this dispute over the two tiny lands. To untangle the modern Middle East conflict and the 2, years behind it, this book is divided into 25 concise chapters.
Each one is devoted to a major theme in Middle East history, such as the beginning of Islam, the Crusades, Genghis Khan, and the beginning of Israel in They can be read in a few minutes, giving you a fast overview of the issues and help you to understand Middle East current events. By the end you will know as much about Middle East history and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as you would after a year-long college course.
You will also sound highly knowledgeable about world affairs to your friends and associates. If you want to understand this part of the world completely in as short a time as possible, then From Muhammed to Burj Khalifa is for you! I appreciate this approach: I like to hear plenty of these short, summarizing audiobooks. I didn't feel it lived up to the publisher's summary "By the end you will know as much about Middle East history and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as you would after a year-long college course".
That would be too much to expect, of course. But for slightly over 2 hours' length, I feel it was an alright introduction. What would have made From Muhammed to Burj Khalifa better? Perhaps a Foreword could say this book is aimed at high school History and Geography classes. He could also add as recommended reading, "The Great War for Civilization: Would you ever listen to anything by Michael Rank again? Not in the immediate future. How could the performance have been better?
That's a tricky question because the material to go on doesn't lend itself to a Shakespearean rendition, but this is only my opinion. If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from From Muhammed to Burj Khalifa? I wouldn't cut, but add some meat. This book is suitable for Junior High School.
Covers a lot of important content in reasonably short manner and in an organized way. What made the experience of listening to From Muhammed to Burj Khalifa the most enjoyable? Reader's voice was good with good intonation. The story is interesting and hits just the major highlights. Thank you for this crash course on middle east history. Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not? It's as clear and concise a work as any I have encountered for the 'non-expert' wanting to better understand what appears to be conflict without resolution.
It's also an easy listen. I'm on my third and the historical context is starting to sink in a bit. What was one of the most memorable moments of From Muhammed to Burj Khalifa? The chapter on Ghengis Khan, his Mongol horde and the strong possibility I might be a direct decendent! Seriously, I never realized the significance of Khan's conquests and his impact on world history. The reading sounded much like a computer generated voice. It was clear and technically correct but the emphasis and intonation often sounds misplaced and uncomfortably artificial. Who should the stars be?
Interesting idea for this book. Dramatization of such a condensed history might make a compelling series. I'm not sure if it is my own or the author's objectivity that influences this impression but I often felt in the reading as if there was sympathy for the underlying causes of Islamic extremism and hatred of Israel. Nothing wrong with that if true but then there was nothing in the book to influence me to that perspective.
The author tells us Palestinians have failed to create a state for themselves for an even longer period of time than modern day Israel has existed. I know there is so much more to learn but this is something I find hard to understand. The book gave me what I was looking for and more.
I plan to use each chapter as a jumping off point for deeper exploration and understanding. Do not waste your money on this trash!!! Overall great, wish it was a bit longer though. Very much and overview but bounded in facts. A great crash course introduction into the Middle East. I'll listen to this one more than once to continue solidifying my understanding. Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? I would, as it's a good starting point to be able to get discussions moving - and it's so short! Simply ease of understanding. Another review mentions that he sounds like a robot. I noticed this as well at the very beginning, but that seems to go away quickly or at least becomes less noticeable.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you? Learning about the formation of modern Israel was very surprising. This books presents everything very even-handedly from all that I can tell and I plan on looking into this more. Return to Book Page. From Muhammed to Burj Khalifa: Veteran journalist and Ottoman historian Michael Rank brings you a concise history of 2, years of Middle Eastern war, peace, religious upstarts, and social breakdowns in this exciting new book.
Palestinians want to bomb Israelis that force them at gunpoint to live in rest Veteran journalist and Ottoman historian Michael Rank brings you a concise history of 2, years of Middle Eastern war, peace, religious upstarts, and social breakdowns in this exciting new book. Palestinians want to bomb Israelis that force them at gunpoint to live in restricted parts of the country.
To untangle the modern Middle East conflict and the 2, years behind it, this book is divided into 25 concise chapters. Each one is devoted to a major theme in Middle East history, such as the beginning of Islam, the Crusades, Genghis Khan, and the beginning of Israel in They can be read in a few minutes, giving you a fast overview of the issues and help you to understand Middle East current events.
By the end you will know as much about Middle East history and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as you would after a year-long college course. You will also sound highly knowledgeable about world affairs to your friends and associates.
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If you want to understand this part of the world completely in as short a time as possible, then "From Muhammed to Burj Khalifa" is for you! Paperback , pages. Published March 27th by CreateSpace first published December 12th To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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I've described this book to others as "simple without being simplistic. From Muhammed to Buri Khalifa offers - in a readable, non-academic style - a solid handhold to the story of the Middle East and what it means for today. Jul 17, Juanita rated it liked it Shelves: This is a very manageable book relating to the history of the Middle East.
It addresses major events and is great for someone who is curious or someone considering studying the area. It is about pages, divided into small chapters that are quick and easy to read. This would be a great resource for homeschoolers and public school students. Great overview, but some of the important points were, in my opinion sketchy for instance: The primary idfference between Sunni and Shi'ah.
I did learn some things, but feel I now need to verify some of the facts. Which isn't a bad idea for something as complex as Middle Eastern history I would recommend this as a starting place, not an overall authority on the subject. Aug 27, Carmen rated it really liked it. Didactic and to the point. Gives a perfect macro-view for beginners. Good Starter A good overview but its brevity is also its downfall.
With his 10 years in Turkey, some explanation of Turkey's quagmire would have been very helpful. May 13, Rob Slaven rated it liked it Shelves: First and as always, this arrived on my doorstep for free, this time courtesy of a GoodReads giveaway. Despite that very kind consideration, I will review it with absolute and dispassionate candor. When I signed up for this book I didn't read the description very closely and I expected a large, hardcover book that would take a few weeks to slog through. Honestly I was rather excited at the prospect so when this teeny thing showed up I was a bit put off.
To its credit, it certainly is brief. No to First and as always, this arrived on my doorstep for free, this time courtesy of a GoodReads giveaway.
From Muhammed to Burj Khalifa: A Crash Course in 2, Years of Middle East History by Michael Rank
No topic, no matter how complicated, takes more than pages to be laid out in its entirety. It's simple, readable and accessible to anyone over the age of On the negative side of things, I would have been horrified had I paid for this. While it is simple, it is also in need of some editing.
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At the beginning particularly there are several simple typos and at one point it seems that a page might be missing. Further, the text is SO boiled down that one begins to doubt the veracity and completeness of what is being presented. This is a great overview but a rather terrifying one.
The back of the book says, "by end you'll know as much as you would after a year-long college course. In summary, this is about as much history as you could pack into an hour of reading. Informative to be sure, but disappointing to anyone wanting something with a bit more meat on it. Nov 11, Robert Bannon rated it really liked it. The sub title says it all, "A crash course in 2, years of middle east history. My next door neighbors are a wonderful couple who grew up, and still have family, in Cairo. The news reports are confusing at best since my understanding of the politics and religion of the region is limited.
I simply want to have enough information to be able to understand what is going on. What is going on is rooted in a long and convoluted The sub title says it all, "A crash course in 2, years of middle east history. What is going on is rooted in a long and convoluted history. Rank does not attempt to explain every detail or nuance, but rather gives the reader an overall understanding of the long and varied past that has exploded onto today's front pages. I enjoyed and appreciate this quick look at the Middle East and while I am not about to enter into an argument about the relative merits of any of the participants, I do have a much better understanding of who they are and what motivates them.
Thank you to the author for presenting a difficult to understand area of the world in a way that helps me to be more informed. Very few opinions are expressed, so I can at least weigh the merits of the various activities and the influence the Middle East has on the rest of the world. Jul 06, Claire rated it liked it. This small tome includes 25 short lessons on the Middle East, from its origins as a cultural and economic crossroads, through the rise of Islam, religious warfare, intervening periods of European and Ottoman imperialism, the establishment of Israel and resulting conflicts, and the rise of Islamic fundamentalism and totalitarian governments.
At pages, it's hardly an exhaustive history--author Rank notes that it's approxim I received From Muhammed to Burj Khalifa as part of a Goodreads giveaway. At pages, it's hardly an exhaustive history--author Rank notes that it's approximately equal to an introductory college course, and much of the material was not new to me, despite my relatively limited knowledge of this extraordinarily complex region.
That said, Rank does a lot with little space. The chapters are short and easy to read for novices while remaining insightful. With the tendency for propaganda and black-and-white viewpoints by all sides, particularly in the mass media, he does an effective job of describing or at least beginning to describe the multifaceted views at work. I will note that there were a few editing errors--for instance, I believe the first page of one chapter was omitted toward the beginning of the book--the following page picked up mid-sentence.
Recommended for novices to Middle Eastern history, culture, and politics. Jul 10, Lacie rated it liked it. I received this book through the goodreads. Honestly, I would've expected a bit more from an author who has experience working as a journalist. It was a tad bit distracting at times but I'm a bit OCD like that. As far as the content, this is not a comprehensive, in-depth history. You have quick, short chapters that begin with a key idea, why it matters to you, and then an I received this book through the goodreads.
You have quick, short chapters that begin with a key idea, why it matters to you, and then an explanation about that main point. The explanations are not as extensive as one would hope and leave you wanting to learn a bit more. This book is great for someone looking for a very general overview.
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