This is an excellent account of how a crisis can degenerate into a war. I know the history of the Middle East quite well but learned a great deal from this book -- particularly the reminders about how worthless security guarantees from Europe and the US can be. My only criticism of the book itself is that the author sometimes takes memoirs at face value rather than putting them in the context of the motivations of the writer and the subject: for example, are a few of the Yiddish bon mots what the players wish they had said or were they really that quick witted? The narrator is good and the reading is never dull but his pronunciation of Hebrew and Arabic terms is careless and sometimes unitelligible if you don't know what he is trying to say
This is a great, accessible introduction to political philosophy. The author is a great narrator for the books and the book itself is a great way to start thinking about key questions for society and the general polity. I bought this as an accompaniment Michael Sandel's free online course about Justice, for which this book is recommended for extra reading. A great book and a great, engaging recording.