Lydia and Alex Pulsiphers’ ability to humanize abstract concepts through personal vignettes makes this a book your students will read and enjoy. A new “Thematic Overview of the Region” offers a visual introduction to each chapter, while the new photo essays will draw your students into real events. The “Things to Remember” speedbumps at the end of each section will help students to pause and reflect before moving on. And the “Reasons for Optimism” close each chapter on an upbeat note.
You are sure to like how the “Learning Objectives” open each chapter and are then revisited throughout to give students a solid understanding of concepts presented. You will also enjoy the extra videos, maps, and map-based quizzes on the book’s companion site. The new edition also includes coverage of the Japanese earthquake/tsunami/nuclear incident, the “Arab Spring” protests, and the death of Osama bin Laden.