I have already got a copy of this book & this edition.I bought a second one for my grandson
This is an excellent but complex account of events that followed the Paris Peace Conference in the Hall of Mirrors, at which the creation of the various countries after WW1 was implemented following the break up of the Ottoman Empire.
The chapters covering the Sykes-Picot agreement are well drafted. The book gets more complicated after that and is heavy going. It is not the best book I have read on the politics of the middle east, but it is still worthwhile.
The USA, Britain, France and all the other countries who invaded the Middle East should read this book. It explains the background and outlines the reasons for all the current wars in Iraq, Israel and the Arab world.
Lawrence of Arabia promised the Arabs their own country after the break up of the Ottoman Empire. They now hate the west because of being betrayed by the outcome of the Treaty of Versailles. We need to address the perceived injustices that have created Al Queda.
Unfortunately, as with Northern Ireland and the Israeli-Palestine conflict the West has tried to enforce their solutions on the Arabs. I fear matters have gone too far with the cascading of conflict down the generations.
I think this may lead to WW 3 with Al Queda.