From Muhammed to Burj Khalifa

  • by Michael Rank
  • Narrated by Kevin Pierce
  • 2 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Veteran journalist and Ottoman historian Michael Rank brings you a concise history of 2,000 years of Middle Eastern war, peace, religious upstarts, and social breakdowns in this exciting new book.
To most Westerners the Middle East and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict appear utterly bewildering. Palestinians want to bomb Israelis that force them at gunpoint to live in restricted parts of the country. Arab leaders are furious about this situation and want Israelis, 'wiped off the map' and their land given back to Palestinians, even though the real estate of the Holy Land looks something like rural Utah. And nearly all the world's leaders see fit to chime in on this dispute over the two tiny lands.
To untangle the modern Middle East conflict and the 2,000 years behind it, this book is divided into 25 concise chapters. Each one is devoted to a major theme in Middle East history, such as the beginning of Islam, the Crusades, Genghis Khan, and the beginning of Israel in 1948. They can be read in a few minutes, giving you a fast overview of the issues and help you to understand Middle East current events.
By the end you will know as much about Middle East history and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as you would after a year-long college course. You will also sound highly knowledgeable about world affairs to your friends and associates.
If you want to understand this part of the world completely in as short a time as possible, then From Muhammed to Burj Khalifa is for you!

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Interesting, but of course it's quite brief

I appreciate this approach: I like to hear plenty of these short, summarizing audiobooks. I didn't feel it lived up to the publisher's summary ("By the end you will know as much about Middle East history and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as you would after a year-long college course"). That would be too much to expect, of course. But for slightly over 2 hours' length, I feel it was an alright introduction.
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- Phil O.

One for the naive

What would have made From Muhammed to Burj Khalifa better?

Perhaps a Foreword could say this book is aimed at high school History and Geography classes. He could also add as recommended reading, "The Great War for Civilization: The Conquest of the Middle East" by Robert Fisk, and any if not all of Robert Spencer's books on that religion.


Would you ever listen to anything by Michael Rank again?

Not in the immediate future.


How could the performance have been better?

That's a tricky question because the material to go on doesn't lend itself to a Shakespearean rendition, but this is only my opinion.


If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from From Muhammed to Burj Khalifa?

I wouldn't cut, but add some meat.


Any additional comments?

This book is suitable for Junior High School.

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- Everard (Desert Islander)

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-23-2013
  • Publisher: Five Minute Books