Inside the Battle of Algiers is an exciting story to be read on several levels. It is the detailed account of the fourteen months of the battle for Algiers in the most heated period of the Algerian National Liberation Army (ALN) struggle for independence from France.
Edward Erickson is a professor of military history at the U.S. Marine Corps University. He retired from a long and distinguished army career that included service in senior positions in Europe and the Middle East, in particular Turkey and Iraq.
Eugene Rogan's The Fall of the Ottomans: The Great War in the Middle East; 1914-1920 is a brilliant book that combines the academic rigor one expects from a serious work of history and a fluid writing style that makes it an enjoyable read.