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Best of Enemies: A History of US and Middle East Relations, Part One: 1783-1953 Hardcover – May 15, 2012


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Product Details

  • Series: Best of Enemies
  • Hardcover: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (May 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906838453
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906838454
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the cover of this impressive historical précis, FDR and King Ibn Saud stare impassively. They are seated on a huge pipe in front of a meander of more pipes. The metallic maze signifies what brings them together—oil—and exemplifies David B.’s illustrative strategy in the book. He characteristically evokes the political and economic implications of the narrative by replacing naturalistic detail with striking symbols, such as cannons with legs during the earliest American encounter with the Islamic East, and plenty of pipelines later on. Diplomat turned historian Filiu’s text opens with the main action of the ancient Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh, then rehearses three historic encounters between the U.S. and the dar al-Islam: the Barbary Wars of the Jefferson and Madison administrations; the alliance with Saudi Arabia for oil to fuel WWII; and the 1953 CIA-engineered coup that overthrew Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh’s government in Iran. Filiu’s presentation is very even-handed. Neither the cruel superciliousness of the Barbary pirate states nor the crafty treachery of Kermit Roosevelt in Tehran is whitewashed or sensationalized. --Ray Olson

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Jean-Pierre Filiu is a world-renowned expert on the Middle East. David B. is an Eisner Award–nominated artist.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harlan Butt on June 13, 2013
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The B&W illustrations are simple yet very beautiful and accurate. The writer is very skilled. I was able to finish reading this whole book in under 2 hours though so my only criticism is that this wasn't long enough. This is a must-have book for anyone interested in US/Middle East history!
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Jean Pierre depicts the history, going way back, of the conflict in the Middle East; and then, how the West got involved. Personalities are all equally characterized in cartoon-poking fun at all leaders and policies. The historical aspect is condensed with major cultures jockeying for power in the Mediterranean and Middle East. This basic history is fun and easy read.
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By Patrick J on December 25, 2012
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A very good synopsis of the US - Middle East relations. I was skeptical of the graphic format, but was absolutely hooked by the first page.
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By Amazon Customer on November 21, 2012
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Probably the shortest essay on the history of Arab-US relationship. But the book delivered it clearly with beautiful illustrations, most of the facts in the book I already know from "Legacy of Ashes", a review of all CIA operations. Overall was satisfied with my purchase.
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By Joe C. on August 4, 2014
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If you enjoy non-fiction, and want to update the honest history of our country, Read this Book!
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