Robin Wright first landed in
the Middle East on October 6, 1973, the day the fourth Middle East war erupted.
She has covered every country and most major crises in the region since then,
through to the rise of al Qaeda and the US invasion of Iraq. For all the drama
of the past, however, the region’s most decisive traumas are unfolding today as
the Middle East struggles to deal with trends that have already reshaped the
rest of the world. And for all the darkness, there is also hope. Some of the
emerging trends give cause for greater optimism about the future of the Middle
East than at any time since the first Arab-Israeli war in 1948.
Dreams and Shadows is an extraordinary tour de horizon of the new Middle
East, with on-the-ground reportage of the ideas and movements driving change
across the region—and the obstacles they confront. Through the powerful
storytelling for which the author is famous, Dreams and Shadows ties together the players and events in Iraq, Iran,
Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Morocco, Turkey, the Gulf states, and the Palestinian
territories into a coherent vision of what lies ahead.
A marvelous field report from
the center of the storm, the book is animated by the characters whose stories
give the region’s transformation its human immediacy and urgency. It is also
rich with the history that brought us to this point. It is a masterpiece of the
reporter’s art and a work of profound and enduring insight.
At the end, Wright offers perspective
on the United States’ most ambitious and costly foreign policy initiative since
the rebuilding of Europe after World War II. The stakes are far greater than
winning the war on terrorism, stabilizing Iraq, or achieving a lasting Arab-Israeli
peace. Transforming the greater Middle East is the last great political
challenge of the modern era. Yet the early burst of activity in a region long
stagnant is already becoming one of the first grand surprises of the
twenty-first century. Download and start listening now!