About the Author(s)
David W. Lesch is the Ewing Halsell Distinguished Professor of History in the Department of History at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. He received his M.A. and PhD in Middle East History from Harvard University.
He is the author or editor of 16 books and overall has over 140 publications. He has also published numerous articles in leading journals, chapters in books, and opinion essays in such noted publications as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Financial Times, The Boston Globe, Foreign Policy, and CNN.com.
"This is one of the best books on the Arab-Israeli conflict. It is clear throughout that Lesch bends backwards to be evenhanded. In some areas, particularly in later stages (the peace process) where Syria is concerned, he provides new, revealing information--in itself a welcome contribution to the literature."--Murhaf Jouejati, The George Washington University
"This text is the most in-depth, comprehensive history of the Arab-Israeli conflict. It offers a highly readable, nuanced, and balanced account of the history of the conflict, and places this history in the context of broader developments in the history of the Middle East, the Cold War, and U.S. foreign policy."--Dov Waxman, Northeastern University
"This is the best overall textbook on the Arab-Israeli conflict. It is comprehensive in its coverage, sophisticated in its analysis, and fair in its treatment of a highly volatile subject."--Paul Chamberlin, University of Kentucky
"Lesch achieves the nearly impossible in The Arab-Israeli Conflict: a dispassionate, comprehensive, empirically based narrative of the key events, individuals and peoples, and wider historical/political forces that have influenced--and continue to influence--the Israeli/Arab-Israeli/Palestinian conflict. His engaging writing style makes a very complex case much more understandable. If you want one book that will help you understand why we are still talking about this conflict today, read this book."--Bryan Brophy-Baermann, Lesley University