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Power, Faith, and Fantasy: America in the Middle East, 1776 to the Present

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This is the first conprehensive history of Americas involvement in the Middle East from George Washington to George W. Bush. Oren reconstructs the ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 5.000
jim

Past is Prologe

by jim on Aug 30, 2014

Mr. Oren's exhaustive presentation shines a bright light on America's role as catalyst for all sides in the canundrum that is called The Middle East. As much as things seem to change there, they somehow remain indellibly fixated. There are no solutions here, only cold, hard facts, which, however, are fascinating in their scope and soberly informative in their bredth.

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monk3350

GREAT

by monk3350 on May 10, 2012

A GREAT BOOK GIVE A NEW PERSPECTIVE TO THE HISTORY IT COVERS.

EASY
by EASY on Jun 4, 2009

INTERESTING AND INFORMATIVE INSIGHTS ABOUT OUR DIPLOMATIC INTERACTIONS WITH VARIOUS COUNTRIES IN THE MIDEAST OVER THE LAST 200 YEARS. AUTHOR PROVIDES HISTORY OF THE REGION- ALL IN ONE SOURCE.

ryefish

Purely a pleasure to read, even if it wasn't true!

by ryefish on Jul 26, 2007

I'm confident that "Power, Faith and Fantasy" is not rubbish and appreciate the efforts by Michael B. Oren to connect the earliest developments in U.S. policy and history to conditions and events in the Middle East. Historical scholars will undoubtedly take issue with Oren's nearly uninterrupted parallelism between American and Middle Eastern history, but these parallels are often revealed with caveats that leave the author's hypothesis open to the reader's own suppositions. The final section covers the most recent developments in the Middle East. While the final section is adequate, it is not exhaustive and Oren never suggests that it is. Most readers can draw on their own experiences as the audience of the last decade or so of American-Mid East relations to formulate conclusions beyond the author's limited synopsis of events. This book is a fascinating resource of brilliant American perspectives on the Middle East from our earliest experiences with Islam and Arabs to our frequently torrid relationship with the region's inhabitants. Many of these early insights are no less relevant today than they were 30, 200 and 230 years ago. Perhaps Gen. George McClellan figured much of it out in 1874 when he observed that, "Most Muslims have little but life to lose in this world, and much to gain in the other by entering it from a conflict with the unbeliever." REVIEW EVERY BOOK YOU READ, READERS, WRITERS AND PUBLISHERS DESERVE YOUR OPINIONS TOO.

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