There was little rhyme nor reason to my book buying before moving to the Middle East. My mind and reading were still rather engaged with Sudan, and so I tended to pick up whatever I spotted in second hand book shops – mostly the Oxfam in Crouch End. So my little bookshelf in my friend’s apartment is filled with the following books:
The Siege by Conor Cruise O’Brien
Israel/Palestine: How to End the War of 1948 by Tanya Reinhart
Israel and Palestine by Bernard Wasserstein
What Went Wrong by Bernard Lewis
Six Days in June: Israel’s Fight for Survival by Robert J Donovan and the staff of the Los Angeles Times
These seem rather inadequate. And the holes are obvious. So what should I be reading? What are the best books to help me get up to speed on the Isreali-Palestinian conflict and the simmering tensions across the Middle East?