Wednesday, April 6, 2016


Richard Engle, NBC’s Chief Foreign Correspondent who has covered the Middle East for the past twenty years, has just put out a book titled:


This is a must read book for anyone wishing to understand the complex issues of the Muslim world that seriously affect the rest of the global community. 

Engle begins with a history of the Middle East and the factors that have led to the religious fanaticism that has co-opted the Muslim faith.  

He accounts a fascinating story of his own immersion into the Arab culture; and reveals his understanding of the political, social and religious beliefs driving the violence of today’s complex and diverse Middle Eastern Muslim societies.

Usually when I am reading at night my mind will start to blank out and I know it is bed time.  I started Engle’s book and had to force myself to lay it down and go to bed at midnight.  

Again; a must read to be intelligently informed on a part of the world that is holding hostage, with a threat of violence, all free thinking people. 

the Ol’Buzzard 


  1. I'll have to see if the local library can get it through Interlibrary Loan after we're back home in May. I've read a number of books about the mess in the Middle East; it would be interesting to see what Engel has to say on the subject.

  2. I saw an interview with him awhile ago. Might have been when he was doing the PR circuit to spotlight his book. A fascinating man with a fascinating life behind him. Sounds like his book might help this dumass westerner to have more of a clue about what makes the Middle East tick.

  3. I'll need to check that one out. I'm always interested in things like religion, science, and what not.


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