Sandra Mackey (1936/1937 – April 19, 2015) was an award winning writer on Middle Eastern culture and politics.
Mackey earned an M.A. in International Affairs from the University of Virginia and taught political science at Georgia State University. She served as a visiting scholar in the Woodrow Wilson Department of Government and Foreign Affairs at the University of Virginia. Her writings appeared in such periodicals as the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, and Christian Science Monitor.
In addition to appearing on NPR, Nightline, ABC News with Peter Jennings and the BBC, she served as a commentator on the first Gulf War for CNN. Her book Lebanon: Death of a Nation was named to the New York Times list of Notable Books of 1989.
Mackey died on April 19, 2015, aged 77. She and her husband, Dan, had a son, Colin, who survives his mother.
Books written by Sandra Mackey include:
- The Saudis: Inside the Desert Kingdom, W. W. Norton and Co., New York, 1987; ISBN 0-395-41165-3.
- Updated edition issued in 2002; ISBN 0-393-32417-6 pbk
- Lebanon: Death of a Nation, W.W. Norton and Co., New York, 1989; ISBN 0-393-32843-0.
- Passion and Politics: The Turbulent World of the Arabs, Penguin Group, New York, 1992; ISBN 0-525-93499-5
- The Iranians: Persia, Islam and the Soul of a Nation, Penguin Group, New York, 1996; ISBN 0-452-27563-6
- The Reckoning: Iraq and the Legacy of Saddam Hussein, W. W. Norton, New York, 2003; ISBN 0-393-32428-1
- Lebanon: a House Divided, W. W. Norton, New York, 2006; ISBN 0-393-32843-0
- Mirror of the Arab World: Lebanon in Conflict, W. W. Norton, New York, 2008; ISBN 978-0-393-06218-2
- Richard Griffiths and Holly Yan, CNN (April 20, 2015). "Famed Middle East writer Sandra Mackey dies". CNN. Retrieved April 21, 2015.
- Lecture at University of California Santa Barbara (introduction), ihc.ucsb.edu; accessed April 21, 2015.
- Booknotes interview with Mackey on The Reckoning: Iraq and the Legacy of Saddam Hussein, July 7, 2002; accessed April 21, 2015.
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