It daily becomes more apparent how necessary it is for the West to understand the Middle East. Conflict of interest is aggravated by partial knowledge and ignorance. This timely book makes a generous contribution to this understanding. The author takes us inside these countries and into the lives of their people so that we may see the rest of the world through their eyes. The view is chastening but not discouraging. In particular, we find in these ancient lands the juxtaposition of three of the world's great religions, Islam, Christianity and Judaism. For each to understand the true heart and genius of the other is imperative if the great gulf between East and West is to be bridged. Books like this deserve a wide reading and vigorous promotion.