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

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Macmillan, Nov 23, 2010 - History - 368 pages
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"Extensively researched—with detailed source notes and an expansive bibliography—and cogently argued, Gerolymatos's study of diplomacy by espionage is timely and instructive." - Publishers Weekly

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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A chronicle of the failures of Western intelligence operations in the Middle East.Gerolymatos (History/Simon Fraser Univ.; Red Acropolis, Black Terror: The Greek Civil War and the Origins of Soviet ... 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
The Muslim Brotherhood and the Politics of Intelligence
Politics and Blowback
ELEVEN By Blood and Fire
AngloAmerican Intervention in Syria
The CIA and Israeli Intelligence
EIGHTEEN The Iranian Jihad
TWENTY Pakistans InterServices Intelligence and Organized Terror in South
NOTES
BIBLIOGRAPHY
ABBREVIATIONS AND ACRONYMS
DRAMATIS PERSONAE

A Muslim Billy Graham
Subversive Operations and the

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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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