Soldier in the Sand

A Personal History of the Modern Middle East

Sir Simon Mayall KBE CB

With the Middle East in a state of persistent change and upheaval, there has long been a need for a comprehensive, yet readable, study that can give the intelligent and interested ‘lay-person' a greater understanding of this diverse, complex region.
Date Published :
November 2020
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
32 black and white illustrations
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781526777737
Pages : 320
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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Overview
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With the Middle East in a state of persistent change and upheaval, there has long been a need for a comprehensive, yet readable, study that can give the intelligent and interested ‘lay-person’ a greater understanding of this diverse, complex region.

The author, whose links with the area are deep and long-standing, successfully does just that in Soldier in the Sand. As well as analyzing its history and religions, which strongly influence people’s actions, attitudes and relationships, he draws on his own experiences and impressions based on his many years spent in key military and diplomatic appointments in numerous countries. In addition to knowing many of the key players personally, he has studied, at leading universities, British policy and engagement in the area and he understands the effects of this long-term engagement.

This invaluable book’s unique mixture of history, politics, academic study and first-hand experience affords the reader an invaluable insight into a fascinating, fractured and frustrating area of the world. General Mayall explains complex situations in a thoroughly accessible and human manner. This will come as no surprise to those who have listened to his lectures worldwide, but this important and entertaining book now brings his knowledge and commonsense approach to a far wider audience.

About The Author
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Lieutenant General Sir Simon Mayall has known the Middle East since childhood and, over the course of his 40-year career, he has served extensively in the region. He was seconded to the Sultan of Oman’s Armed Forces for three years, took part in the liberation of Kuwait, served as the Deputy Coalition Commander in Baghdad, was the first Defence Senior Adviser Middle East and the British Government’s Security Envoy to Iraq. Additionally, he was responsible for helping to establish the new Royal Navy base in Bahrain. He was knighted in 2014 and also holds the US Legion of Merit.

He holds degrees from Balliol College, Oxford, and King’s College, London, and also studied at St Antony’s, Oxford, where he wrote a book on Turkish Security Policy. He is a sought-after lecturer on Middle East affairs.

REVIEWS
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"This book should be in the library of everyone, military and civilian who has any interest or involvement in the Middle East."

- Forces Pension Society for Soldier

"'Simon Mayall is one of Britain's brightest and most thoughtful generals, and his personal history of the modern Middle East provides brilliant insights into the region's troubles from his unique perspective.  His analysis of the revolution in Iran is particularly enlightening, and his personal experience of Iraq after the invasion of 2003 gives his critique of the episode a particular force. This is history as written by a participant, and I can't recommend it too highly."

- John Simpson, BBC Journalist and Author

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