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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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Product Details

  • 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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,348,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steven M. Anthony on March 8, 2008
Format: Audio CD
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert A. Points on November 22, 2007
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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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By Kanga on November 25, 2010
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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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By Ron on January 15, 2015
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fascinating history of relationship between US and middle east since before the birth of our nation.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David A. Thomsen on September 12, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This very readable book argues that the three motives of geopolitical power, religious faith, and fantasy about a perceived exotic region, have prompted American policy, investment, and travel to the middle east. Author Michael Oren brings up much factual material with which I was unfamiliar before reading the book. His arguments seem persuasive, too.

Trouble is, the author has problems with the facts. Please refer to other reviews (Frequent Reader 6/21/07, Dave 42 6/24/07, German Filguera 10/29/07, and Yuksel Oktay 12/29/07) for some pretty major mistaken facts.

I don't recall which if any of these reviews I read before I read the book, but I wasn't looking for errors. When factual errors in matters with which I was familiar kept leaping out at me, I wondered about what I had "learned" and about his conclusions. Here are some false details I noticed as I read that the author could have easily corrected:
- pp. 83 et seq., he conflates the Pilgrims and the Puritans, entirely different religious groups.
- p. 90, Smyrna is referred to as "one of the seven churches toured by Saint Paul[.]" Paul toured many more than 7 churches, and founded most of these. If he visited Smyrna, the Bible doesn't say. (John the Revelator wrote to 7 churches, one of them being Smyrna.)
- p. 197, Frank Stone "graduated second in his West Point class, just behind George Armstrong Custer[.]" Nobody finished behind Custer at West Point. He was famously last in his class.
- pp. 413-415, Standard Oil Co. of California was known as SOCOL. My recollection of its nickname in the days before it became Chevron is SoCal, confirmed by Wikipedia who also gives it once as SOCAL.
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