Notes on a Century Reflections of a Middle East Historian

ISBN-10: 0670023531

ISBN-13: 9780670023530

Edition: 2012

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The #1 New York Times bestselling author of What Went Wrong? tells the story of his extraordinary lifeAfter September 11, Americans who had never given much thought to the Middle East turned to Bernard Lewis for an explanation, catapulting What Went Wrong? and later Crisis of Islam to become number one bestsellers. He was the first to warn of a coming "clash of civilizations," a term he coined in 1957, and has led an amazing life, as much a political actor as a scholar of the Middle East. In this witty memoir he reflects on the events that have transformed the region since World War II, up through the Arab Spring.A pathbreaking scholar with command of a dozen languages, Lewis has advised American presidents and dined with politicians from the shah of Iran to the pope. Over the years, he had tea at Buckingham Palace, befriended Golda Meir, and briefed politicians from Ted Kennedy to Dick Cheney. No stranger to controversy, he pulls no punches in his blunt criticism of those who see him as the intellectual progenitor of the Iraq war. Like America’s other great historian-statesmen Arthur Schlesinger and Henry Kissinger, he is a figure of towering intellect and a world-class raconteur, which makes Notes on a Century essential reading for anyone who cares about the fate of the Middle East.
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Book details

List price: $28.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 5/10/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 400
Size: 6.50" wide x 10.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

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Acknowledgments
Introduction
Early Days
The War Years
In the Ottoman Archives
Cultural Diplomacy
Why Study History?
Episodes in an Academic Life
Crossing the Atlantic
The Neighborhood
The Clash of Civilizations
Orientalism and the Cult of Right Thinking
Judgment in Paris
Writing and Rewriting History
Politics and the Iraq War
In Sum
The Dirge
Honors and Publications
Index
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