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 Fantasy is not only a terrific read, it is also proof that you don't really understand an issue until you know its history.?
Michael B. Oren's comprehensive history of the American presence in the Middle East begins shortly after the founding of the new nation, when American ships, having lost the protection of the British navy, faced the problem of pirates off the Barbary coast in the Mediterranean. Continuing from there up through the early 21st-century war in Iraq, Oren traces social, political, cultural, religious, and military encounters, including archeological expeditions, missionary work, travel, and the formal exchange of ambassadors and other representatives. He also traces the many ways the region inspired literary works by writers such as Washington Irving and Mark Twain, as well as other media, including the film LAWRENCE OF ARABIA. He shows how, in the 20th century, every American president had his own successes and failures in the region, including Cold War tensions between the two superpowers, the hostage crisis in Iraq under Jimmy Carter, the bombing of embassies and attacks on ships, and the enduring Arab-Israeli conflict, which dominates American energies for decades. Through it all, Oren provides a study of key events and personalities as he deftly explores issues such as colonialism, imperialism, and the use of military power. He is sensitive to resentments and misunderstandings, while also accounting for altruism, good intentions, and the desire for security and self-determination. Illustrated with maps, photographs, charts, and chronologies.
- History, Political Science
- Middle East / General, International Relations / General, United States / General
- February 28, 2008
- February 28, 2008
- Michael B. Oren