This world profoundly needs an understanding of the long history between "The West" and the Islamic cultures of the Middle East. As "Uncle Eric" writes epistle after epistle the reader clearly sees through layers and layers of propaganda put out by the government, as well as through the overly-simplistic, modern views held by the young country of America. Filled with history, Maybury gives the perfect amount of detail as he works his way through the crusades to the colonialist "interests" of Britain, Russia & the U.S. to finally the current wars in the Middle East. Lamenting the United State's decision to ever become involved in Islamic affairs when it invaded the "shores of Tripoli" in the 1800s, Maybury convincingly explains the bitter grudges held by Muslims who have continually been occupied by Western forces for the last thousand years; and provides a blueprint on how to get out it while we still can. 271 pages, softcover.