Birth of America
Distant Thunder
The Elusive Peace
The Golden Ode
Humpty Dumpty
Neighbors and Strangers
The Opening of South Lebanon
Out of Iraq
Passing Brave
Personal History
Polk's Folly
Understanding Iran
Understaning Iraq
Violent Politics
The United State and the Arab World
Cambridge Harvard University Press, 1963, 1969, 1975, 1980 and 1991

1969 books
“Dr. Polk maintains the detachment of the scholar, the fairness of the judge.”
Crane Brinton (professor of history, Harvard University)
“Exactly that solid, illuminating synthesis we have long lacked, and which men studying and acting in public affairs ought to read first about the Arab World.”
Manfred Halpern (professor of Middle Eastern History, Princeton University)

“An indispensable reference work for those interested in the Arabs and the American view of them.”
The Washington Post
“It is the depth of Professor Polk’s historical and cultural presentation and the breadth of his economic, social, and political analysis that distinguish this volume from the plethora of journalistic commentary on the subject and make of it a true ‘classic.’”
Edwin Reischauer (professor of history, Harvard University, and former U.S. ambassador to Japan)

“Rarely has so much been packed so tightly and yet with ample fresh light and air..”
Hal Lehrman, The New Leader

“An authoritative and lucid interpretative history.”
Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences

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