I just finished HAMAS: A HISTORY from WITHIN
I will let you all decide for yourselves how you feel about Hamas... i thought it was a very fair look at the group...
It was interesting to read about their history and dealings with surrounding countries and with Fatah. it has brought to light a lot of the current situation for me... especially now that the annapolis peace talks (scoff!) are coming up and Hamas' exclusion... plus, the rise and quick fall of the unity government...
i rarely agree with anything 100% and Hamas is included in that but i will say that the book has giving me a better appreciation for their movment, their players and im a bit more sympathetic to their history... i can see where they are coming from
welp, now that ive put myself on a watchlist here is some more info:
you can learn about the author, Azzam Tamimi here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Azzam_Tamim
here are some of his articles from The Guardian http://commentisfree.guardian.co.uk/azza
right now i am reading COVERING ISLAM by Edward Said... he is mainly focused on Iran at this point...
i also bought THE ETHNIC CLEANSING OF PALESTINE written by an Israeli historian and i have THE VENTURE OF ISLAM high up on my list.