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The White House and the Middle Eastfrom the Cold War to the War on TerrorThe Middle East is the beginning and the end of U.S. foreign policy: events there influence our alliances, make or break presidencies, govern the price of oil, and draw us into war. But it was not always soand as Patrick Tyler shows in this thrilling chronicle of American misadventures in the region, the story of American presidents' dealings there is one of mixed motives, skulduggery, deceit, and outright foolishness, as well as of policymaking and diplomacy.Tyler draws on newly opened presidential archives to dramatize the approach to the Middle East across U.S. presidencies from Eisenhower to George W. Bush. He takes us into the Oval Office and shows how our leaders made momentous decisions; at the same time, the sweep of this narrativefrom the Suez crisis to the Iran hostage crisis to George W. Bush's catastrophe in Iraqlets us see the big picture as never before. Tyler tells a story of presidents being drawn into the affairs of the region against their will, being kept in the dark by local potentates, being led astray by grasping subordinates, and making decisions about the internal affairs of countries they hardly understand. Above all, he shows how each president has managed to undo the policies of his predecessor, often fomenting both anger against America on the streets of the region and confusion at home.A World of Troubleis the Middle East book we need now: compulsively readable, free of cant and ideology, and rich in insight about the very human challenges a new president will face as he or she tries to restore America's standing in the region.
PATRICK TYLER has reported extensively from both the Middle East and Washington for The New York Times and The Washington Post. A Texan, he lives in Washington, D.C.
Table of Contents
|List of Illustrations||p. ix|
|Prologue: America in the Middle East||p. 3|
|The Arab Awakening: Eisenhower, Nasser, and Suez||p. 19|
|The Six-Day War: Johnson and Israel||p. 64|
|Nixon and Brezhnev: Cold War and International Terror||p. 107|
|Nixon and Kissinger: Yom Kippur-The October War||p. 135|
|Jimmy Carter: Camp David and the Struggle with Menachem Begin||p. 176|
|Carter and the Shah: Khomeini's Revolution||p. 210|
|The Shame of Lebanon: Reagan's Warriors in the Middle East||p. 249|
|The Iran-Contra Affair: The Clash of Saudi and Israeli Influence||p. 308|
|Nebuchadnezzar-Land: Saddam Hussein and the Persian Gulf War||p. 352|
|Bill Clinton: Tilting at Peace, Flailing at Saddam||p. 402|
|Clinton: Flight from Terror; Lost Peace||p. 457|
|George W. Bush: A World of Trouble||p. 525|
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