Power, Faith, and Fantasy

Power, Faith, and Fantasy

America in the Middle East, 1776 to the Present

Book - 2007
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From the first cannonballs fired by American warships at North African pirates to the conquest of Falluja by the Marines--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, 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.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : W.W.Norton & Co., c2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393058260
Characteristics: xxii, 778 p., [32] p. of plates : ill., maps, ports. ; 25 cm


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Feb 05, 2016

Every American who cares about current events needs to read this book very carefully!

Nov 27, 2012

A must read for any serious student of US/Middle Eastern relations.

Aug 27, 2012

There was so much I didn't know that was discussed in this book. It is a serious history, not something to be read at the beach. But then again, why not. I found this book fascinating - but one I need to renew often as it is not a "quick read".

Oct 05, 2008

long history i suppose


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