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Dreams and Shadows: The Future of the Middle East

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A magnificent reckoning with the extraordinary changes engulfing the Middle East, by one of our greatest reporters on the region

Robin Wright first landed in the Middle East on October 6, 1973, the day the fourth Middle East war erupted. She has covered every country and most major crises in the region since then, through to the rise of Al-Qaeda and the U.S. invasion of Iraq. For all the drama of the past, however, the region's most decisive traumas are unfolding today as the Middle East struggles to deal with trends that have already reshaped the rest of the world. And for all the darkness, there is also hope. Some of the emerging trends give cause for greater optimism about the future of the Middle East than at any time since the first Arab-Israeli War in 1948.

Dreams and Shadows is an extraordinary tour d'horizon of the new Middle East, with on-the-ground reportage of the ideas and movements driving change across the region-and the obstacles they confront. Through the powerful storytelling for which the author is famous, Dreams and Shadows ties together the players and events in Iraq, Iran, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Morocco, Turkey, the Gulf states, and the Palestinian territories into a coherent vision of what lies ahead.

A marvelous field report from the center of the storm, the book is animated by the characters whose stories give the region's transformation its human immediacy and urgency. It is also rich with the history that brought us to this point. It is a masterpiece of the reporter's art and a work of profound and enduring insight.

Review:

"Despite having lost several of her friends in the 1983 US Embassy bombing in Beirut, Wright (The Last Great Revolution: Turmoil and Transformation in Iran) is guardedly optimistic for the Middle East's future: 'a generation after the Beirut bombing, Islamic extremism is no longer the most important, interesting, or dynamic force in the Middle East.' Her observations, of a 'budding culture of change'-even, perhaps, a 'renaissance'-are bolstered by platinum credentials; for more than 30 years, Wright has been covering the region for major American publications including The New York Times, Atlantic Monthly and Foreign Affairs. She illuminates her assessment with stories of the new 'voices in the region' pushing for a more open, democratic society: activists, reformers, political leaders and ordinary citizens (like an Egyptian 'middle-aged soccer mom' so outraged to learn of female government agents beating female demonstrators that she became an activist). Wright also tackles the big targets; though a staunch supporter of Israel, Wright sees the potential for reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah, in an effort to maintain democracy in Palestine, as a positive harbinger of change for the entire region. Further interviews, anecdotes, a crystalline sense of the area's multifarious history and a clear message-practical, progressive change requires 'sorting out the past or at least trying to move beyond it'-make this a vital, compelling and surprisingly uplifting piece of reporting." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Although he wasn't a pessimistic conservative himself, George Orwell used to say that 'plans for human betterment do normally come unstuck, and the pessimist has many more opportunities of saying 'I told you so' than the optimist.' Nowhere does Orwell's point apply so sharply as in what we call the Middle East, even if, as Robin Wright's absorbing new book shows, we really do need a less vague and... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Synopsis:

The transformation of the Middle East is an issue that will absorb-and challenge-the world for generations to come; Dreams and Shadows is the book to read to understand the sweeping political and cultural changes that have occurred in recent decades. Drawing on thirty-five years of reporting in two dozen countries-through wars, revolutions, and uprisings as well as the birth of new democracy movements and a new generation of activists-award-winning journalist and Middle East expert Robin Wright has created a masterpiece of the reporter's art and a work of profound and enduring insight into one of the most confounding areas of the world.

Synopsis:

"Dreams and Shadows" is an extraordinary tour de horizon of the new Middle East, with on-the-ground reportage of the ideas and movements driving change across the region--and the obstacles they confront.

About the Author

Robin Wright covers U.S. foreign policy for The Washington Post. She has reported from more than 140 countries on six continents as a foreign correspondent. Her articles have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Foreign Affairs, The New York Times, and The International Herald-Tribune. The recipient of many awards from international journalism, diplomacy, and political organizations and a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Grant, Wright is the author of several books on the Middle East, including, most recently, The Last Great Revolution: Turmoil and Transformation in Iran. She has been a visiting fellow at Yale, Stanford, and Duke, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and the Brookings Institution's Saban Center.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781594201110
Subtitle:
The Future of the Middle East
Author:
Wright, Robin
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
Middle East - General
Subject:
Modern - General
Subject:
International Relations - General
Subject:
Middle East
Subject:
Politics and government
Subject:
Middle East Politics and government.
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20090224
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
b/w map in front matter
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
9.56 x 6.4 x 1.5 in 1.64 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 480 pages Penguin Press - English 9781594201110 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Despite having lost several of her friends in the 1983 US Embassy bombing in Beirut, Wright (The Last Great Revolution: Turmoil and Transformation in Iran) is guardedly optimistic for the Middle East's future: 'a generation after the Beirut bombing, Islamic extremism is no longer the most important, interesting, or dynamic force in the Middle East.' Her observations, of a 'budding culture of change'-even, perhaps, a 'renaissance'-are bolstered by platinum credentials; for more than 30 years, Wright has been covering the region for major American publications including The New York Times, Atlantic Monthly and Foreign Affairs. She illuminates her assessment with stories of the new 'voices in the region' pushing for a more open, democratic society: activists, reformers, political leaders and ordinary citizens (like an Egyptian 'middle-aged soccer mom' so outraged to learn of female government agents beating female demonstrators that she became an activist). Wright also tackles the big targets; though a staunch supporter of Israel, Wright sees the potential for reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah, in an effort to maintain democracy in Palestine, as a positive harbinger of change for the entire region. Further interviews, anecdotes, a crystalline sense of the area's multifarious history and a clear message-practical, progressive change requires 'sorting out the past or at least trying to move beyond it'-make this a vital, compelling and surprisingly uplifting piece of reporting." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
The transformation of the Middle East is an issue that will absorb-and challenge-the world for generations to come; Dreams and Shadows is the book to read to understand the sweeping political and cultural changes that have occurred in recent decades. Drawing on thirty-five years of reporting in two dozen countries-through wars, revolutions, and uprisings as well as the birth of new democracy movements and a new generation of activists-award-winning journalist and Middle East expert Robin Wright has created a masterpiece of the reporter's art and a work of profound and enduring insight into one of the most confounding areas of the world.

"Synopsis" by , "Dreams and Shadows" is an extraordinary tour de horizon of the new Middle East, with on-the-ground reportage of the ideas and movements driving change across the region--and the obstacles they confront.
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