Bernard Lewis is the Cleveland E. Dodge Professor of Near Eastern Studies Emeritus at Princeton University and the author of The Middle East: A Brief History of the Last 2,000 Years, a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist; The Emergence of Modern Turkey; The Arabs in History; and What Went Wrong?: Western Impact and Middle Eastern Response, among other books. Lewis is internationally recognized as one of our era's greatest historians of the Middle East. His books have been translated into more than twenty languages, including Arabic, Persian, Turkish, and Indonesian. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.
"Terrorism requires only a few. Obviously the West must defend
itself by whatever means will be effective. But in devising means
to fight the terrorists, it would surely be useful to understand
the forces that drive them."
--from the Introduction
"Remarkably succinct . . . It offers a long view in the midst of
so much short-termism and confusing punditry. Lewis has done us
all--Muslim and non-Muslim alike--a remarkable service."
--The New York Times Book Review "Inestimable . . . replete with the exceptional historical insight that one has come to expect from the world's foremost Islamic scholar."
--The Wall Street Journal "A timely and provocative contribution to the current raging debate about the tensions between the West and the Islamic world." --BusinessWeek "No scholar of Islam in the Western world has more thoroughly earned the respect of generalists and academics alike than Bernard Lewis. . . . An excitingly knowledgeable antidote to today's natural sense of befuddlement. . . . History with electric immediacy."