Nine of the books deal with the modern Middle East:
- Secrets of State is a history of the State Department and the U.S. foreign policymaking process from the country’s establishment through the 1980s. It explains the American exceptionalism of philosophy and process as well as the key personalities and issues that have shaped the history of U.S. foreign policy. Read this to understand American diplomacy, which is incomprehensible without understanding the process that underpins it.
- Hating America: A History, written with Judith Colp Rubin, is a history of anti-Americanism from the original settlement of America in the seventeenth century down to the present, including all of its regional variations (especially European, Latin American, and Middle Eastern). It explains that while American policy and values both play a role in creating and shaping anti-Americanism, the key factor is how this attitude interacted with the culture, society, and politics of those expressing it. Read this book not only to understand the phenomenon of anti-Americanism but also because a set of such ideas largely governs attitudes among hegemonic academics, experts, journalists, and policymakers even in the United States itself today.
- Assimilation and Its Discontents is a history of Jewish assimilation, both in Europe and America, focusing on the cultural, intellectual, and political aspects that have shaped it. This assimilation process has in turn had an enormous effect on the development of Western civilization itself.
- Children of Dolhinov: Our Ancestors and Ourselves is written as a history of my grandparents’ small town in Poland. But it develops several other themes: How unknown lives and obscure places shape and reflect much bigger historical trends; how we should relate to our ancestors and how that shapes us. This book is published here for the first time.