Trying to take the long view on the fallout from the Arab Uprisings? Here’s my holiday reading. Paul Danahar’s “The New Middle East” uncovers the forces behind the turbulence – religious, economic, historic.
It also reads in part like a geopolitical thriller because, for much of the time, he was there – in Tahrir Square with the revolutionaries; in Libya talking to Gaddafi and then seeing the dictator’s brutalized body; witnessing the horror, hatred and hunger that’s destroying Syria.
He gets one thing wrong right away – courtesy of a publication date in summer 2013.