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“[Wright] provides invaluable context for what she rightly terms ‘the epic convulsion across the Islamic world’ by listening to voices we don't usually hear....Anyone seeking deeper understanding of the Arab Spring needs to read Wright's formidably well-informed book ….Wright's richly textured portrait of ancient cultures in the throes of wrenching but liberating transformation makes it quite clear that Muslims themselves will decide their future.”
— Los Angeles Times
“…Wright is an expert on the subject and this book is an accessible and riveting account for readers looking to learn more about the post-9/11 Islamic world.”
“…Wright is one of the most capable observers of the Middle East….her chronicles of counter-jihad, anti-militancy, and women's mobilization are a timely contribution.”
Praise for Robin Wright’s
Dreams and Shadows
“Wright has long been one of the best-informed American journalists covering the Middle East, and her reputation is born out here. . . . Her book will be essential reading for anybody who wants to know where it is heading.”
--The New York Times Book Review
“Only Wright could have written Dreams and Shadows because only Wright has traveled so widely, interviewed such diverse leaders, and brought so much wisdom to analyzing the region’s many-sided puzzles. This volume, full of mesmerizing detail and large truths, sets a new standard for scholarship on the modern Middle East.”
--Madeleine Albright, former Secretary of State
“If there is such a thing as a pinnacle in the landscape of international journalism, Robin Wright surely stands atop it.”
--The New York Review of Books
“Robin Wright is well aware of the complexities, paradoxes and the seemingly insurmountable dilemmas facing the Middle East today. She reminds us that in facing these challenges we need not resort to military force and violence or resign ourselves to compromise with extremism and tyranny.”
-- Azar Nafisi, author Reading Lolita in Tehran
“The best of all possible worlds: An old hand guides us through the changes in the post-9/11 Middle East, and is able to sort out in a sober, smart way what is really going on.”
--Thomas Ricks, author Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq
Wright has been a fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Brookings Institution, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Yale, Duke, Stanford, University of California at Santa Barbara, and University of Southern California.
Among many awards, she won the U.N. Correspondents Association Gold Medal for coverage of foreign affairs, the National Magazine Award, and the Overseas Press Club Award for "best reporting in any medium requiring exceptional courage and initiative." The
Her books include Rock the Casbah, Dreams and Shadows: The Future of the Middle East, The Last Great Revolution: Turmoil and Transformation in Iran, Sacred Rage: The Wrath of Militant Islam, Flashpoints: Promise and Peril in a New World, and In the Name of God: The Khomeini Decade.
She is a frequent television commentator on foreign affairs. She has appeared on Meet the Press, This Week, Face the Nation, Charlie Rose, Larry King, all the major morning and evening newscasts on NBC, ABC, CBS, PBS, CNN and MSNBC.
This is a very interesting compilation.
Wright's in-depth knowledge of Islamic societies cultures and traditions imparts meaning to facts and circumstance provided in every paragraph of "Rock the Casbah."
She's a great reminder that we need to get our thinking on straight if we are to create a lasting peace--we can't be guided my appearances and easy fixes.
Most books written by journalists tend to feel like "compilations" (word stolen from a fellow reviewer), and this one is no exception. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Laughing Bull
Nice try attempting to understand a deeply complex phenomenon. Robin Wright writes like a California blonde surfer girl going to the Middle East for the first time. Wow! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mr. Ponder
Robin Wright knows her stuff and relates it in an interesting way, not afraid to bust myths and misperceptions we have towards the Islamic World. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Kendall Dudley
A prophetic book about the Arab Spring and the struggle for Islam nations to join the family of modern democracies. Great read.Published 12 months ago by Michael Gordon
This book finally makes me understand the inner contradictions of Saudi society and analyzes the situation of the Arab youths beyond headlines of Arab Spring. Read morePublished 13 months ago by K. Howard
Rock the Casbah, by Robin Wright, is excellent on describing the women in Saudi Arabia who are trying to change things, including the right to drive a car. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Ann Lakhdhir
This book is great for understanding the multiple factors that have lead to the Arab Uprisings. Wright has a positive view on the counter-jihad movement for Muslims to find their... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Ingrid
Highly recommend this to anyone who would like an look of the middle east from a different perspective than the news media.Published 21 months ago by Brenda J. Murray
Stepping back from the stories and background data, this book was very useful in tracking the recent history of the Arab world, and the forces for change. Read morePublished 22 months ago by James L. Bowditch