The Mirage of Peace: Understanding the Never-Ending Conflict in the Middle East (2009)

Former TIME Magazine Jerusalem bureau chief David Aikman takes on the headline-grabbing subject of the Middle East in his latest book, The Mirage of Peace. In this comprehensive look at the region, Aikman goes beyond the headlines and sound-bites to examine the complex and deeply rooted sources of the bloodshed and discord that seem to characterize the Middle East. With a journalist’s objectivity and an historian’s analysis, Aikman, who is now a college history professor, explains the historical context of the animosities dominating today’s news, giving readers an understanding of the personalities, relationships and web of complicated loyalties behind the thorny issues that have defied all attempts to bring a lasting peace to the region.