Mideast Reading List

Fateful Triangle

Noam Chomsky, South End Press
Noam Chomsky has added several chapters, bringing his classic study of Mideast politics completely up to date. Chomsky assesses the ongoing peace process between Israel and the PLO, while tracing the continuities in U.S. foreign policy. With a new preface and three new chapters by Chomsky and a new foreword by Edward W. Said.

The Obstruction of Peace

Naseer Aruri, Common Courage
“Aruri’s book is the first of its kind: an indispensable, hard-hitting, well-documented account of why the tragic unrest in Gaza is a portent of what is yet to come. No student or scholar of the Middle East, and no concerned citizen, should pass up the opportunity to read this remarkable work of scholarship and intellectual courage.” –Edward Said


Image and Reality in the Israel-Palestine Conflict

Norman Finkelstein, Verso 
First published in 1995, this polemical study challenges generally accepted truths of the Israel-Palestine conflict as well as much of the revisionist literature. This new edition critically reexamines dominant popular and scholarly images in the light of the current failures of the peace process.

The Politics of Dispossession

The Struggle for 
Palestinian Self-Determination : 1969-1994
Edward Said, Pantheon
Ever since the appearance of his groundbreaking The Question of Palestine, Edward Said has been America’s most outspoken advocate for Palestinian self-determination. As these collected essays amply prove, he is also our most intelligent and bracingly heretical writer on affairs involving not only Palestinians but also the Arab and Muslim worlds and their tortuous relations with the West.

The End of the Peace Process

Edward Said, Pantheon
Edward Said demonstrates why he is considered the preeminent observer and critic of the Middle East peace process in this collection of fifty essays, written mostly for Arab and European newspapers in the last five years and previously not readily available to American readers.

Iraq Under Siege

The Deadly Impact of Sanctions and War 
Edited by Anthony Arnove, South End
“Here is a brilliantly collated body of unrelenting, undeniable evidence of the horrors that the U.S government sanctions are visiting upon the people, in particular the children, of Iraq. For ordinary citizens sanctions are just another kind of dictatorship. Remote-controlled, seemingly civilized, they actually, literally, squeeze the very breath from babies’ bodies.” —Arundhati Roy, author of The God of Small Things

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