Notes from the Minefield: United States Intervention in Lebanon and the Middle East, 1945-1958

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Columbia University Press, 2006 - History - 470 pages
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Irene Gendzier's critically acclaimed, wide-reaching analysis of post-World War II U.S. policy in Lebanon posits that the politics of oil and pipelines figured far more significantly in U.S. relations with Lebanon than previously believed. In 1958 the United States sent thousands of troops to shore up the Lebanese regime in the face of domestic opposition and civil war. The justification was preventing a coup in Iraq, but recently declassified documents show that the true objective was to protect America's commercial, political, and strategic interests in Beirut and the Middle East. By reevaluating U.S.-Lebanese relations within the context of America's collaborative intervention with the Lebanese ruling elite, Gendzier aptly demonstrates how oil, power, and politics drove U.S. policy and influenced the development of the state and the region. Featuring a new introduction in which Gendzier discusses the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the remarkable continuity of U.S. foreign policy from 1945 to the present, Notes from the Minefield continues to be the standard text on this topic.

  

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Contents

The Dynamic of Collaborative Intervention
3
U S Postwar Policy and the Middle East
21
A Primer
43
Aviation Commerce Labor Intelligence and
90
Altered Circumstances and the Design of U
115
PART in The Eisenhower Administration and the Shamun
141
The Bridgehead in the Orient
160
Realities of Power in the Rear Area
181
Our Man in Beirut
202
Civil War May 1958
229
JulyOctober 1958
338
in Retrospect
365
Notes
379
Bibliography
423
Index
445
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Joseph Roach is professor of English at Tulane University. He is the author of The Player's Passion: Studies in the Science of Acting, which won the Barnard Hewitt Award, and coeditor, with Janeele Reinelt, of Critical Theory and Performance.

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