This recently revised edition of a previous published textbook has an extensive introduction, color photographs, definitions of words which may be unfamiliar, boxed sidebars which illuminate relevant issues, suggested research projects, text-dependent questions to encourage careful reading and a series glossary of key terms. It is a well-organized and useful reference work or classroom text for the study of a part of the world which is constantly in the news.
Cultural diversity, history, sociology and geography are covered with a creditable attempt at balancing the political complications inherent in writing about this part of the world in the political climate of today. Maps are drawn with the West Bank and Golan Heights separately delineated. The text is clearly written and easy to understand and the format is logically organized.
Back matter includes a chronology, suggestions for further reading, a list of internet resources and an index. Appropriate for ages 12 and up.
Michal Hoschander Malen is the editor of Jewish Book Council’s young adult and children’s book reviews. A former librarian, she has lectured on topics relating to literacy, run book clubs, and loves to read aloud to her grandchildren.