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Power, Faith, and Fantasy: America in the Middle East, 1776 to the Present Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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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fascinating history of relationship between US and middle east since before the birth of our nation.Published 18 months ago by Ron