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3.67 out of 53.67 out of 53.67 out of 53.67 out of 53.67 out of 5 3.67 (3 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bernard Lewis, Buntzie Ellis Churchill Narrator: Ralph Lister Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2012 ISBN: 9781455890750
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Few historians end up as historical actors in their own right, but Bernard Lewis has both witnessed and participated in some of the key events of the last century. When we think of the Middle East, we see it in terms that he defined and articulated.

In this exceptional memoir he shares stories of his wartime service in London and Cairo, decrypting intercepts for MI6, with sometimes unexpected consequences. After the war, he was the first Western scholar ever invited into the Ottoman archives in Istanbul. He coined the term “clash of civilizations” in the 1950s, when no one imagined that political Islam would one day eclipse communism. A brilliant raconteur with an extraordinary gift for languages (he mastered thirteen), he regales us with tales of memorable encounters with Edward Kennedy, the Shah of Iran, Golda Meir, and Pope John Paul II among many others.

September 11 catapulted him onto the world stage as his seminal books What Went Wrong? and Crisis of Islam leaped onto bestseller lists. In his first major book since the second Iraq war, Lewis describes how—contrary to popular fiction—he opposed the war and reveals his exchanges with the Bush administration outlining his far greater concerns about Iran.

For more than half a century, Bernard Lewis has taken influential and controversial positions on contemporary politics and on the politics of academe. A man of towering intellect and erudition, he writes with the flair of Toynbee or Gibbon, only he has seen more and is much funnier.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steve Gross | 9/27/2013

    " Bernard Lewis is the doyen of Middle East scholars. I expected him to have had a more exciting life, visiting and studying Middle East countries and offering sage advice. Unfortunately, not much of either in this autobiography. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Farrukh Pitafi | 9/20/2012

    " I never was a big fan of Bernard Lewis. But this book is really a treat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam DeVille, Ph.D. | 5/8/2012

    " Elegant, witty, insightful: here the nonagenarian historian Bernard Lewis, doyen of scholars and historians of Islam today, reflects on his long, rich, fascinating, and highly prolific life as a scholar. "

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About the Author
Author Bernard LewisBernard Lewis is the Cleveland E. Dodge Professor of Near Eastern Studies Emeritus at Princeton University and the author of The Middle East: A Brief History of the Last 2,000 Years, a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist; The Emergence of Modern Turkey; The Arabs in History; and What Went Wrong?: Western Impact and Middle Eastern Response, among other books. Lewis is internationally recognized as one of our era’s greatest historians of the Middle East. His books have been translated into more than twenty languages, including Arabic, Persian, Turkish, and Indonesian. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.
About the Narrator

Ralph Lister is an actor, voice talent, and winner of three AudioFile Earphones Awards. He spent fifteen years in London theater before moving to the United States to focus on film and television. He has held numerous roles in Shakespearean and modern dramas, as well as starring roles in independent films. His voice and character work can be heard in Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and 13 Going On 30.