Power, Faith, and Fantasy: America in the Middle East, 1776 to the Present

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2007 - History - 778 pages
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Includes information on Adams colony, Afghanistan, Algiers, Muhammad Ali, al Qaeda, Anatolia, Arabism, Arab Israeli conflict, Arab nationalism, Arab Revolt, Yasser Arafat, Armenia, Bahrain, William Bainbridge, Balfour Declaration, Barbary States, Barbary Wars, David Ben-Gurion, Osama bin Laden, Louis Brandeis, Bulgaria, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, Charles Chaille-Long, Winston Churchill, U.S. Civil War, Bill Clinton, Cold War, U.S. Congress, Charles Crane, Jefferson Davis, Stephen Decatur, U.S. Democratic Party, David F. Dorr, William Eaton, Egypt, Egypt Civil War, Dwight D. Eisenhower, George Bethune English, Pliny Fisk, France, Imperial Germany, Nazi Germany, Golan Heights, Ulysses S. Grant, Great Britain, Greece, Gulf War of 1991, Haganah, Hassan (Dey of Algiers), Theodore Herzl, Hizbollah (Party of God), Hollywood, Holocaust, Edward Mandell House, Saddam Hussein, ibn Saud (Abd al-Aziz King of Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Iraq War, Islam, Ismaʼil (Khedive of Egypt, Israel, Italy, Andrew Jackson, Japan, Thomas Jefferson, Jerusalem, Jewish national home concept, Jews, Jordan, John F. Kennedy, Henry Kissinger, Kuwait, Robert Lansing, League of nations, Lebanon, John Ledyard, Libya, Abraham Lincoln, William Wing Loring, William Francis Lynch, James Madison, Alfred Thayer Mahan, manifest destiny, Maronites, U.S. Mediterranean Squadron, Golda Meir, Herman Melville, Mesopotamia, Mexico, missionaries, missionary movement, Henry Morgenthau, Morocco, Muhammad Mossadegh, Gamal Abdul Nasser, U.S. Navy, New York Times (newspaper), Richard M. Nixon, oil, oil industry,
  

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Review: Power, Faith, and Fantasy: America in the Middle East: 1776 to the Present

User Review  - Dave - Goodreads

An incredible history of US policy in the Middle East from US independence from Britain to post 9/11. It is a heavy read but worth the days, weeks, months it may take to read. Read full review

Review: Power, Faith, and Fantasy: America in the Middle East: 1776 to the Present

User Review  - Ron Jensen - Goodreads

Interesting book but too dry, lengthy, and repetitive, especially in the middle section from mid 1800s to 1900s. This would have been a great 400 page book instead of 800 pages. I have diminishing ... Read full review

Contents

A Mortal and Mortifying Threat
17
The Hostile and Ethereal Orient
41
A Crucible of American Identity
51
Illuminating and Emancipating the World
80
THE MIDDLE EAST AND ANTEBELLUM AMERICA
99
Confluence and Conflict
101
Manifest Middle Eastern Destiny
122
Under American Eyes
149
Action or Nonaction?
340
An American Movement Is Born
351
Arise O Arabs and Awake
367
The First Middle East Peace Process
376
Fantasies Revived
398
OIL WAR AND ASCENDANCY
405
From Bibles to Drill Bits
407
An Insoluble Conflict Evolves
420

THE CIVIL WAR AND RECONSTRUCTION
175
Fission
177
Rebs and Yanks on the Nile
190
The Trumpet That Never Calls Retreat
210
American Onslaught
228
Resurgence
246
THE AGE OF IMPERIALISM
255
Empires at Dawn
257
Imperial Piety
273
Imperial Myths
297
A Region Renamed and Reordered
307
AMERICA THE MIDDLE EAST AND THE GREAT WAR
323
Spectators of Catastrophe
325
A Torch for the Middle East
446
The Middle East and the Man from Missouri
475
IN SEARCH OF PAX AMERICANA
503
Harmony and Hegemony
505
The Thirty Years War
550
A Profound and Visceral Gratitude
595
Notes
605
Bibliography
685
Acknowledgments
735
Illustration Credits
739
Index
743
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Michael B. Oren is a senior fellow at the Shalem Center and has been a visiting lecturer at Harvard and Yale.

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