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

ISBN-10: 0393330303

ISBN-13: 9780393330304

Edition: 2008

Authors: 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 Marinesfrom the early American explorers who probed the sources of the Nile to the diplomats who strove for Arab-Israeli peacethe 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 Fantasyis 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 charactersearnest missionaries, maverick converts, wide-eyed tourists, and even a nineteenth-century George BushPower, 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." 68 illustrations; 4 maps. With a new afterword for the paperback.
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List price: $21.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/17/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 800
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.398
Language: English

Michael B. Oren, Senior Fellow at the Shalem Center, has written numerous works on the Middle East, including the New York Times bestsellers Six Days of War and Power, Faith, and Fantasy. He has taught at Harvard, Yale, and Georgetown universities, and currently serves as Israel's ambassador to the United States.

Prologue: A Passage to Glory
Introduction: Recovering a Pivotal Past
Early America Encounters the Middle East
A Mortal and Mortifying Threat
The Hostile and Ethereal Orient
A Crucible of American Identity
Illuminating and Emancipating the World
The Middle East and Antebellum America
Confluence and Conflict
Manifest Middle Eastern Destiny
Under American Eyes
The Civil War and Reconstruction
Rebs and Yanks on the Nile
The Trumpet That Never Calls Retreat
American Onslaught
The Age of Imperialism
Empires at Dawn
Imperial Piety
Imperial Myths
A Region Renamed and Reordered
America, the Middle East, and the Great War
Spectators of Catastrophe
Action or Nonaction?
An American Movement Is Born
Arise, O Arabs, and Awake!
The First Middle East Peace Process
Fantasies Revived
Oil, War, and Ascendancy
From Bibles to Drill Bits
An Insoluble Conflict Evolves
A Torch for the Middle East
The Middle East and the Man from Missouri
In Search of Pax Americana
Harmony and Hegemony
The Thirty Years' War
Epilogue: A Profound and Visceral Gratitude
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