August 1, 2019
A recent book by Washington anthropologist, John Mason, is worth a second look. His own story of the Middle East: Left-Handed in an Islamic World (New Academia, 2016), offers students, as well as seasoned anthropologists, a look at the rich cultural antecedents in Libya prior to that country becoming a war zone of immense tragedy. The story of an enthusiastic anthropologist, his adventures and misadventures will provide both interesting insights into field work and readable material about one of the "hot spots" in world contention today. Following his academically-oriented anthropological fieldwork, Mason became a top Washington consultant for various firms active in applied research in the Middle East.