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Zogby (founder and president, Arab American Institute) accurately observes that to have a peaceful resolution to the decades-old conflict between the Arabs and Israelis, the "region's competing narratives must be shared and respected.. He argues that Arab Americans are still largely excluded in an area where "they can make a unique and significant contribution bridging the gap between our country and the nations of the Middle East.. Born to Christian Lebanese immigrants, Zogby was a typical American boy. But throughout his life, he realized that "Americans did not understand Arabs, and Arabs didn't understand Americans," and devoted his adult life to this crucial issue as a writer, speaker, teacher, advocate, and activist in political causes. In this book, he presents and explains the results of comprehensive polls that he has conducted in eight Arab countries from Morocco to Saudi Arabia over several years. His recent focus has been on Arab attitudes toward reforms, issues of Arab identity, and ranking top political concerns. This pioneering effort is readable and useful for both policy makers and general readers. However, as the author himself warns, "applying what I learned from these experiences to my empathy for the people of the Arab World has made me politically threatening to some.. Summing Up: Essential. All levels/libraries. N. Rassekh emeritus, Lewis and Clark College
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