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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.
My book recommendation on my blog this week is Robin Wright "Rock The Casbah." Given to reflections on the Arab world, this was a book I had seen around for a while, but it... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jacqueline Howett
I have been interested in learning more about Islam and their beliefs. I have a very good friend that is Muslim and wanted to know more about the religion. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Lee Grant
A scholar who writes excellently
Robin Wright's solid background makes this an essential read
Most books written by journalists tend to feel like "compilations" (word stolen from a fellow reviewer), and this one is no exception. Read morePublished 10 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 11 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 19 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 19 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 19 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 on April 8, 2013 by Ann Lakhdhir