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Power, Faith, and Fantasy: America in the Middle East: 1776 to the Presentby Michael B Oren
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The history of America's political, military, and intellectual involvement in the Middle East from George Washington to George W. Bush. "Will shape our thinking about America and the Middle East for years."—Christopher Dickey, Newsweek
From the first cannonballs fired by American warships at North African pirates to the conquest of Falluja by the Marines—from the early American explorers who probed the sources of the Nile to the diplomats who strove for Arab-Israeli peace—the United States has been dramatically involved in the Middle East. For well over two centuries, American statesmen, merchants, and missionaries, both men and women, have had a profound impact on the shaping of this crucial region. Yet their story has never been told until now. Drawing on thousands of government documents and personal letters, featuring original maps and over sixty photographs, this book reconstructs the diverse and remarkable ways in which Americans have interacted with this alluring yet often hostile land stretching from Morocco to Iran, from the Persian Gulf to the Bosporus. Covering over 230 years of history, Power, Faith, and Fantasy is an indispensable work for anyone interested in understanding the roots of America's Middle East involvement today. As Niall Ferguson writes, "If you think America's entanglement in the Middle East began with Roosevelt and Truman, Michael Oren's deeply researched and brilliantly written history will be a revelation to you, as it was to me. With its cast of fascinating characters—earnest missionaries, maverick converts, wide-eyed tourists, and even a nineteenth-century George Bush—Power, Faith, and Fantasy is not only a terrific read, it is also proof that you don't really understand an issue until you know its history." 68 illustrations; 4 maps. With a new afterword for the paperback.
"Will shape our thinking about America and the Middle East for years."--Christopher Dickey,
tells the remarkable story of America's 230-year relationship with the Middle East. Drawing on a vast range of government documents, personal correspondence, and the memoirs of merchants, missionaries, and travelers, Michael B. Oren narrates the unknown story of how the United States has interacted with this vibrant and turbulent region.
This best-selling history is the first fully comprehensive history of America"s involvement in the Middle East from George Washington to George W. Bush. As Niall Ferguson writes, 'If you think America"s entanglement in the Middle East began with Roosevelt and Truman, Michael Oren"s deeply researched and brilliantly written history will be a revelation to you, as it was to me. With its cast of fascinating characters'"earnest missionaries, maverick converts, wide-eyed tourists, and even a nineteenth-century George Bush'"Power, Faith, and Fantasyis not only a terrific read, it is also proof that you don"t really understand an issue until you know its history.'
About the Author
Michael B. Oren, Senior Fellow at the Shalem Center, has written numerous works on the Middle East, including the New York Timesbestseller Six Days of War. He lives in Jerusalem with his wife and three children.
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