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A Choice of Enemies: America Confronts the Middle East

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Publisher Comments:

It is in the Middle East that the U.S. has been made to confront its attitudes on the use of force, the role of allies, and international law. The history of the U.S. in the Middle East, then, becomes an especially revealing mirror on America's view of its role in the wider world.

In this wise, objective, and illuminating history, Lawrence Freedman shows how three key events in 1978–79 helped establish the foundations for U.S. involvement in the Middle East that would last for thirty years, without offering any straightforward or bloodless exit options: the Camp David summit leading to the Israel-Egypt Treaty; the Iranian Islamic revolution leading to the Shah's departure followed by the hostage crisis; and the socialist revolution in Afghanistan, resulting in the doomed Soviet intervention.

Freedman makes clear how America's strategic choices in those and subsequent crises led us to where we are today. A Choice of Enemies is essential reading for anyone concerned with the complex politics of the region or with the future of American foreign policy.

Review:

The timing is right for a major new history of America's engagement with the contemporary Middle East. Admittedly, key archival documentation remains under lock and key and will be inaccessible for a long time to come, both in the United States and elsewhere. But enough material is available, in the form of declassified documents, memoirs, oral histories and journalistic treatments, to begin to piece... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Synopsis:

A renowned historian and security analyst sheds new light on America's quintessential foreign policy dilemma: our recent engagement in the Middle East

About the Author

Sir Lawrence Freedman is professor of war studies at King's College, London. In 2001 he was appointed head of the School of Social Sciences and Public Policy at King's and then in 2003 vice principal for research. Before joining King's he held research appointments at Nuffield College, Oxford, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and the Royal Institute of International Affairs. He is the author of several books of history, including Kennedy'sWars.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781586485184
Subtitle:
America Confronts the Middle East
Publisher:
PublicAffairs
Author:
Freedman, Lawrence
Subject:
General
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Middle East
Subject:
International Relations - General
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - International Secur
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Iraq War, 2003
Subject:
United States Politics and government.
Subject:
Politics-United States Foreign Policy
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20080513
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
640
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in 35.5 oz

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