"A Peace to End All Peace", by David Fromkin, is a book about a forgotten theater of WWI - the Middle East. It's primarily focused on the efforts of the British government, and that was a huge muddle. The Egyptian Office, the Home Office, and the India Office all worked at cross purposes, with the "Arabists" of Lord Kitchener mostly coming out on top. If we weren't still living with the legacy of what they did, this book would be comical - the misinformation they basd their policy decisions on is just sad. I'd recommend this book to anyone who wants some background on how the modern middle east came to be.