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

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Macmillan, Oct 3, 2006 - Political Science - 400 pages
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"The most clear and engaging history of the deadly, historic partnership between Western powers and political Islam."--Salon.com
Devil's Game is the first comprehensive account of America's misguided efforts, stretching across decades, to dominate the strategically vital Middle East by courting and cultivating Islamic fundamentalism.
Drawing on extensive archival research and interviews with dozens of policy makers and CIA, Pentagon, and foreign service officials, Robert Dreyfuss follows the trail of American collusion from support for the Muslim Brotherhood in 1950s Egypt, to links with Khomeini and Afghani jihadists, to longstanding 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 landscape, thundering against freedom of thought, science, women's rights, secularism--and their former patron.
Chronicling a history of double-dealing, cynical exploitation, and humiliating embarrassment that continues to this day, Devil's Game reveals 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

Contents

Introduction
1
The Arc of Islam
244
Into Central Asia
270
Clash of Civilizations?
303
Notes
343
Acknowledgments
369
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Robert Dreyfuss, who covers national security for Rolling Stone, has written extensively on Iraq and the war on terrorism for The Nation, The American Prospect, and Mother Jones. A frequent contributor to NPR, MSNBC, CNBC, and many other broadcast outlets, he lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

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