"Ali's style is vigorous, his narrative compelling, showing that the short-term, self-interested and oil-greedy policies of the British and Americans in such countries as Egypt, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Iran must make our much-vaunted ideals of democracy and equity seem like a bad joke." - Karen Armstrong, The Times "Urbane, highly intelligent and vividly written. One hopes this fine study will earn no fatwa." - Richard Sennett, Times Literary Supplement"
About the Author
is a writer and filmmaker. He has written more than a dozen books on world history and politics—including Pirates of the Caribbean
, Bush in Babylon
, The Clash of Fundamentalisms
and The Obama Syndrome
—as well as five novels in his Islam Quintet series and scripts for the stage and screen. He is an editor of the New Left Review
and lives in London.