For over a decade, Al Smuskiewicz edited the numerous articles on the Middle East and North Africa I published in The World Book Year Book. He did a superb job, not only in editing the text, but also in summarizing sections that exceeded the word limits, checking facts and dates, and updating the articles.  His attitude throughout was professional, cooperative, and collaborative.  I felt I was working not only with an editor,  but with a friend I could trust to make my work the best it could be.

— Mary-Jane Deeb, PhD, Middle East expert and author