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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (180 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robin Wright Narrator: Laural Merlingto Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Fluent and intelligent…Wright has long been one of the best-informed American journalists covering the Middle East, and her reputation is borne out here.”

    New York Times

  • “A thought-provoking and eminently readable look at the current and future generation of leaders in that important, politically troubled region.”

    Boston Globe

  • “A vital, compelling, and surprisingly uplifting piece of reporting.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Greg | 2/4/2014

    " Pretty nice survey of recent history in the middle east. Country by country. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kariss | 1/31/2014

    " Not that I will ever understand the complex situation ... at lease I can keep the names and countries more or less straight. Good insights. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Candace | 1/5/2014

    " Robin Wright is the one to read if you are interested in the Middle East struggle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Don Kent | 8/24/2013

    " This is not an easy read, but very interesting. If you want to learn what is going on in this pivitol part of our world this is an import source of information. "

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About the Author

Robin Wright, a global affairs correspondent for more than three decades, has reported from more than 130 countries on six continents, working for the Los Angeles Times, the Sunday Times of London, CBS News, the Washington Post, and the Christian Science Monitor, among others. She also has been a commentator for news programs on the major US television networks and been published widely in American magazines like the New Yorker, the Atlantic Monthly, Foreign Affairs, and Foreign Policy. In 2003, she became a regular panelist on the NBC program Meet the Press. Her reporting has earned many awards, including the United Nations Gold Medal for international reporting in 2003 and the 2001 Wintal Prize for most distinguished diplomatic reporting. Her books include The Last Great Revolution: Turmoil and Transformation in Iran; Sacred Rage: The Wrath of Militant Islam; In the Name of God: The Khomeini Decade; and Flashpoints: Promise and Peril in a New World, coauthored with Doyle McManus.