The Middle East from 1945-1952 were the crucial years when the British influence was declining and the area was becoming America's headache. This book, first published in England in 1950, has been revised to bring it up to 1952. The author, a well-known newspaper man, knows his subject and discusses with brilliance, the social, political and economic problems of the Middle East. This region has been a tinder box even before World War I:- Arabs, Jews, Egyptians, oil issues and the lament of the ineptitude of the British Government (whether Churchill or Bevin). He deals with events primarily of the last seven years against the background of earlier history, and he does not hesitate to take issue with British policies, which, he claims, increased nationalistic sentiments and fostered upper-class corruption. Outstanding personalities of the region are sharply defined. Controversial-provocative-lively and dramatic. Too bad the format looks like a stodgy textbook.