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  • Published: 1 September 2005
  • ISBN: 9780792265979
  • Imprint: National Geographic
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 224

Cradle And Crucible

History And Faith In The Middle East



Through photographs, maps, and the writings of highly respected authors such as David Fromkin, Zahi Hawass, Sandra Mackey, and Milton Viorst, Cradle & Crucible details the historical, political, cultural, and religious forces that have shaped the region and unravels for readers the enigma that is the Middle East. Beginning with the prehistoric civilizations of the fertile crescent and continuing through the conflicts of the 20th and 21st centuries, the first section of the book distills the Middle East's sweeping, often turbulent history. From the Hittites to Alexander the Great, from the Romans to the Crusaders, from the Ottomans to the Imperialists, the Middle East's rich tapestry of influences and identities is described with new critical insights. The book's second section is devoted to the Middle East's three great faiths, examining in depth the impact of Muslim, Jewish, and Christian beliefs on history and daily life in the Middle East. Filled with photographs and maps that contribute to a visual understanding of the subject, Cradle & Crucible is a timely guide to this complex, enormously important area of the world.

  • Published: 1 September 2005
  • ISBN: 9780792265979
  • Imprint: National Geographic
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 224

About the authors

David Fromkin

David Fromkin is Professor of International Relations, History, and Law at Boston University. He is the author of In the Time of the Americans and A Peace to End All Peace, which was a finalist for both the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize. He lives in New York City.

Milton Viorst

Milton Virost is the author of eleven books, among them Hostile Allies: FDR and de Gaulle and Fire in the Streets: America in the 1960s. On the Middle East, he has written Sands of Sorrow: Israel's Journey from Independence and Reaching for the Olive Branch: UNWRA and Palestinians. Viorst has been on the staff of The New Yorker, as well as several newspapers.

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