Michael B. Oren, Senior Fellow at the Shalem Center, has written numerous works on the Middle East, including the New York Times bestsellers Six Days of War and Power, Faith, and Fantasy. He has taught at Harvard, Yale, and Georgetown universities, and currently serves as Israel's ambassador to the United States.
"When a brilliant, lucid historian such as Michael B. Oren ... brings the past back to life ... it is a shaft of light in a dark sky." -- Robert Kagan - Washington Post Book World "Hugely ambitious, drawing on hundreds of original sources to create a finely balanced overview of this enormously complex subject." -- Max Rodenbeck - New York Times Book Review "Elegant and engaging... Had George W. Bush been abled to read this magnificent book before he launched Operation Iraqi Freedom... he might well have realized just how dangerous it has been to shoot first and ask questions later in the Middle East over the past 200 years." -- Douglas Little - Foreign Affairs "A tour de force, brilliantly researched and written, and extremely interesting as well as informative." -- Henry Kissinger "A landmark achievement." -- Walter Russell Mead, Council on Foreign Relations