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Author: Rashid Khalidi Narrator: Ray Grover Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2018 ISBN: 9780807092026
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During the 45 years of the Cold War, policymakers from the United States and the Soviet Union vied for primacy in the Middle East. Their motives, long held by historians to have had an ideological thrust, were, in fact, to gain control over access to oil and claim geographic and strategic advantage. In his new book, Rashid Khalidi, considered the foremost U.S. historian of the Middle East, makes the compelling case that the dynamics that played out during the Cold War continue to exert a profound influence even decades after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

The pattern of superpower intervention during the Cold War deeply affected and exacerbated regional and civil wars throughout the Middle East, and the carefully calculated maneuvers fueled by the fierce competition between the United States and the USSR actually provoked breakdowns in fragile democracies. To understand the momentous events that have occurred in the region over the last two decades-including two Gulf wars, the occupation of Iraq, and the rise of terrorism-we must, Khalidi argues, understand the crucial interplay of Cold War powers there from 1945 to 1990.

Today, the legacy of the Cold War continues in American policies and approaches to the Middle East that have shifted from a deadly struggle against communism to a War on Terror, and from opposing the Evil Empire to targeting the Axis of Evil. The current U.S. deadlock with Iran and the upsurge of American-Russian tensions in the wake of the conflict in Georgia point to the continued centrality of the Middle East in American strategic attention. Today, with a new administration in Washington, understanding and managing the full impact of this dangerous legacy in order to move America toward a more constructive and peaceful engagement in this critical arena is of the utmost importance. Download and start listening now!

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  • A stunningly clear analysis of the geopolitics of Middle East conflicts from 1945 to today. A book not to be missed.—Immanuel Wallerstein, author of European Universalism: The Rhetoric of Power

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jillian | 11/27/2012

    " i really wanted to like this book. it seemed to jump all over the place in sense of time, subject matter. it's relatively short with big print and i just couldnt seem to follow it. it was an inter-library loan item and i wasnt able to finish it and doubt i will pick it up again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jfarley | 3/9/2011

    " Very interesting perspective and history, but I always get very disappointed when the author includes facts that are demonstrably false... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Javier | 7/2/2009

    " Poli Sci read. Pretty much brings you up to speed on political background of Middle East and how obtainable peace is a high wire act. "