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"A tour de force, brilliantly researched and written, and extremely interesting, as well as informative." ---Henry A. Kissinger

About the Author

Michael B. Oren is a senior fellow at the Shalem Center.

Norman Dietz is a writer, an actor, and a solo performer. He has also performed frequently on radio and television, and he has recorded over 150 audiobooks, many of which have earned him awards from AudioFile magazine, the ALA, and Publishers Weekly. Additionally, AudioFile named Norman one of the Best Voices of the Century.
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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio; Unabridged edition (May 21, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400134447
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400134441
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 1.8 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,707,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My job and lifestyle require many hours in the car traveling between radio stations. As a result, and due to the fact that I'm not a music afficienado, I have taken to listening to history lectures and novels on CD. I picked this audio book up because I was intrigued with the subject matter. I'm glad I did.

This is a fascinating history of America's involvement in the Middle East, from the early republic's conflict with Barbary pirates, to the establishment of the Jewish state and through the recent Palestinian conflicts. With our present day involvement in the region, it is incumbent on all good citizens to become familiar with the region, its history and the history of our country's entanglements therein. I must admit, after many hours of listening pleasure, I can only say that I'm not optimistic.
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Power, Faith and Fan­tasy: Amer­ica in the Mid­dle East, 1776 to the Present by Michael B. Oren is a study of the rela­tion­ship the United States had towards the Mid­dle East since its incep­tion. Mr. Oren is an Israeli born author and his­to­rian who sev­ered as an amabas­sodor to the United States from 2009 to 2013.

Power, Faith and Fan­tasy: Amer­ica in the Mid­dle East, 1776 to the Present by Michael B. Oren is a very long book in which the authors makes his case about the impor­tant role the US played, and still plays, in the Mid­dle East as well as the way the Islamic Mid­dle East played a role in cre­ated the mighty Amer­i­can mil­i­tary. The threats from the Mid­dle East not only played a role in cre­at­ing a strong army to defend the bor­ders of the US, but also its inter­ests abroad.

The book states that the poli­cies towards Mid­dle East has been coher­ent in the 18th Cen­tury, but now they are a mess, as is the region itself. Mr. Oren does a fine job observ­ing neu­tral­ity through­out the book, espe­cially on con­tentious issues, quot­ing pol­icy mak­ers and care­ful not to take a stand himself.

Besides objec­tive his­tory, Mr. Oren also writes about the per­son­al­i­ties involved, includ­ing lit­tle anec­dotes which always make his­tory fun. It was amaz­ing for me to read how much Chris­t­ian restora­tionism has influ­enced Amer­i­can pol­icy before World War II and how the AIPAC has influ­enced pol­icy afterwards.

The book is big on details, but the nar­ra­tive is enter­tain­ing and inter­est­ing. I applaud the author for going through, what seems like, a fan­tas­tic amount of research through pri­mary sources and gov­ern­men­tal records.
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A very interesting and well written book. I worked and lived in the Middle East for 13 years and the author captured the attitude and tone of the people. He made what could be a boring subject into a engaing experience. Any mistakes noticed were very minor ones. The book should also be of interest to any Jewish readers because it is very informative of their plite during this time period.
Robert
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This book is a great read for anyone interested in the Middle East and/or US foreign policy. It is extremely well-written, well researched, and an all-around great read. I recommend it to all!
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