From the first cannonballs fired by American warships at North African pirates to the conquest of Falluja by the Marines, and from the early American explorers who probed the sources of the Nile to the diplomats who strove for Arab-Israeli peace, the 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, this audiobook reconstructs the diverse and remarkable ways in which Americans have interacted with this alluring yet often hostile land stretching from Morocco to Iran and from the Persian Gulf to the Bosporus. Covering over 230 years of history, Power, Faith, and Fantasy is an indispensable work for anyone interested in understanding the roots of America's Middle East involvement today.
©2007 Michael B. Oren; (P)2007 Tantor Media Inc.
"Engaging....a fluent, comprehensive narrative of two centuries of entanglement." (Publishers Weekly)
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a great history lesson
it took several attempts to get through this work.
This book gets better the second and third time you read it. I checked out the book from the library and found it more interesting to follow along while listening to the audio. The book has a section with pictures of many historical characters in the book.
yes. I learned a lot.
Finding out how early America interacted with the Middle East. This book was too judgmental of our leaders, when they did not take active action in the Middle East.
No The whole story was told.
This book gives a detailed account of diplomatic history between USA and the middle east, as well as factors that might have influenced the decision makers, however the book was written in a standpoint of American moral superiority, in other words, the book never once entertained the idea that Americans could have been morally wrong in their policy making, in other words, America was morally enlightened in Barbarie affair, morally enlightened in pursuing trade with the Ottoman, morally enlightened in inciting Arab revolt, and morally enlightened in backing the Zionist. In other words, morally speaking, the author did not write from the Native viewpoint but took western value as the absolute standard.
While the book is informative, its' also overly detailed bringing in physical descriptions and events that read as if they came from a novel. The reader can jump forward to the epilog, were the writer repeats virtually everything he's already said and be done with it in 20 minutes.
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