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Power, Faith, and Fantasy

America in the Middle East: 1776 to the Present

Michael B. Oren (Author)


“Will shape our thinking about America and the Middle East for years.”—Christopher Dickey, Newsweek

Power, Faith, and Fantasytells the remarkable story of America's 230-year relationship with the Middle East. Drawing on a vast range of government documents, personal correspondence, and the memoirs of merchants, missionaries, and travelers, Michael B. Oren narrates the unknown story of how the United States has interacted with this vibrant and turbulent region.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • May 2011
  • ISBN 978-0-393-33030-4
  • 6.2 × 9.2 in / 864 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

Endorsements & Reviews

“When a brilliant, lucid historian such as Michael B. Oren . . . brings the past back to life . . . it is a shaft of light in a dark sky.” — Robert Kagan, Washington Post Book World

“Hugely ambitious, drawing on hundreds of original sources to create a finely balanced overview of this enormously complex subject.” — Max Rodenbeck, New York Times Book Review

“Elegant and engaging.... Had George W. Bush been abled to read this magnificent book before he launched Operation Iraqi Freedom... he might well have realized just how dangerous it has been to shoot first and ask questions later in the Middle East over the past 200 years.” — Douglas Little, Foreign Affairs

“A tour de force, brilliantly researched and written, and extremely interesting as well as informative.” — Henry Kissinger

“A landmark achievement.” — Walter Russell Mead, Council on Foreign Relations

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