Devil's Game: How the United States Helped Unleash Fundamentalist Islam

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Macmillan, Nov 3, 2005 - History - 388 pages
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The first complete account of America's most
dangerous foreign policy miscalculation: sixty years of support for Islamic fundamentalism

Devil's Game is the gripping story of America's misguided efforts, stretching across decades, to dominate the strategically vital Middle East by courting and cultivating Islamic fundamentalism. Among all the books about Islam, this is the first comprehensive inquiry into the touchiest issue: How and why did the United States encourage and finance the spread of radical political Islam?

Backed by extensive archival research and interviews with dozens of policy makers and CIA, Pentagon, and foreign service officials, Robert Dreyfuss argues that this largely hidden relationship is greatly to blame for the global explosion of terrorism. He follows the trail of American collusion from support for the Muslim Brotherhood in 1950s Egypt to links with Khomeini and Afghani jihadists to cooperation with Hamas and Saudi Wahhabism. Dreyfuss also uncovers long-standing ties between radical Islamists and the leading banks of the West. The result is as tragic as it is paradoxical: originally deployed as pawns to foil nationalism and communism, extremist mullahs and ayatollahs now dominate the region, thundering against freedom of thought, science, women's rights, secularism--and their former patron.

Wide-ranging and deeply informed, Devil's Game reveals a history of double-dealing, cynical exploitation, and humiliating embarrassment. What emerges is a pattern that, far from furthering democracy or security, ensures a future of blunders and blowback.


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User Review  - iftyzaidi - LibraryThing

An ambitious book that attempts to describe the contradictions of American policies towards far right islamist groups over the last 60 or so years. It is useful and at times insightful, but I found it ... Read full review

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User Review  - Yonis Gure - Goodreads

There was a moment when I was reading Lawrence Wright's slightly overrated book, The Looming Tower, where I asked myself, "Why doesn't he start from the beginning?" Wright documents Al-Qaeda's rise ... Read full review


Introduction i
Imperial PanIslam
The Arc of Islam
Into Central Asia
Clash of Civilizations?

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Based in Washington, D.C., Robert Dreyfuss has written extensively on Iraq, the war on terrorism, and national security for The Nation, The American Prospect, and Rolling Stone, and is a frequent commentator on NPR, MSNBC, and CNBC.

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