Castles Made of Sand: A Century of Anglo-American Espionage and Intervention in the Middle East (Google eBook)

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Macmillan, Nov 23, 2010 - History - 368 pages
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With roots in imperialism and the nineteenth-century mindset of the “Great Game,” Western nations have waged an intricate spy game this past century to establish control over the Middle East, secure access to key resources and regions of commerce, and prevent the spread of Soviet communism into the region. From the Suez Canal to the former Ottoman Empire, British and American intelligence communities have conspired to topple regimes and initiate Muslim leaders as pawns in a geopolitical chess game fought against Marxist expansion. 

Yet while the Iron Curtain was doomed to fall near the end of the twentieth century, this pattern of tunnel vision has created a different monster. The resulting resurgence of Muslim radicalism, and the induction of Arabs and other Muslims into the dark arts of espionage and sabotage, have only served to fan the flames in an already incendiary region and deepen the tensions between the Middle East and the West today.

An authority on international studies and the history of guerilla warfare, André  Gerolymatos offers the contemporary reader insight into the intelligence game that is still waged internationally with lethal intent, and into the Middle Eastern terrorist networks that had evolved over the decades. In this definitive account of covert operations in the Middle East, the author brings to life the extraordinary men and women whose successes and failures have shaped relations, and he reveals how the explosive nature of the region today has direct roots in the history of American and Western intervention.


  

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Castles Made of Sand: A Century of Anglo-American Espionage and Intervention in the Middle East

User Review  - Elizabeth R. Hayford - Book Verdict

The first Western incursion into the Middle East was the Crusades. Using them as a symbol of ongoing aggression and intervention, Gerolymatos, a Canadian historian, looks at the struggle for national ... Read full review

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User Review  - Allen Setzer - Goodreads

While informative, the author's construction of the book is atrocious. Instead of chronologically approaching the subject, he goes back in forth between regions. In doing so, the author also wastes a ... Read full review

Contents

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ONE Assassination
THREE The Eclipse of Imperial Islam
FIVE A New Caliph
SEVEN Spies Adventurers and Religious Warriors
Subversive Operations and the
AngloAmerican Intervention in Syria
Intelligence
TWENTY Pakistans InterServices Intelligence and Organized Terror in South
NOTES
NINE The BritishJewish Military Alliance
BIBLIOGRAPHY
ABBREVIATIONS AND ACRONYMS
DRAMATIS PERSONAE
INDEX
Copyright

EIGHTEEN The Iranian Jihad

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About the author (2010)

ANDRÉ GEROLYMATOS is a member of the Department of History at Simon Fraser University, a former lecturer at McGill University, and a member of Canada’s Advisory Council on National Security. His previous books include Red Acropolis, Black Terror and The Balkan Wars.

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