I've started a new section on my blog - Recommendations. I'm going to put books, movies, and other similar items on here that I come across and think are worth sharing. The first entry is Epicenter by Joel C. Rosenberg.
I just finished reading this book, and I highly recommend it for anyone who has even a passing interest in understanding the events and conflict going on in the Middle East. Rosenberg is a best-selling author of several fiction books (including The Last Jihad), so although this is non-fiction, he knows how to move it along. He's been an advisor to both American and Israeli officials, and has met with many other key power players all over the world, so he has an in-depth first hand knowledge of the subject. He starts with background on his uncanny ability to accurately predict several major events over the past few years (i.e. the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime) through his fiction, and from there transitions into some predictions for the future.
If you want to understand what's going on over there, why it's happening, why it's important to you, and what may happen next, this is the book you need.