A World of Trouble The White House and the Middle East--from the Cold War to the War on Terror

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  • Copyright: 2010-02-16
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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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.

Author Biography

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 Illustrationsp. ix
Prologue: America in the Middle Eastp. 3
The Arab Awakening: Eisenhower, Nasser, and Suezp. 19
The Six-Day War: Johnson and Israelp. 64
Nixon and Brezhnev: Cold War and International Terrorp. 107
Nixon and Kissinger: Yom Kippur-The October Warp. 135
Jimmy Carter: Camp David and the Struggle with Menachem Beginp. 176
Carter and the Shah: Khomeini's Revolutionp. 210
The Shame of Lebanon: Reagan's Warriors in the Middle Eastp. 249
The Iran-Contra Affair: The Clash of Saudi and Israeli Influencep. 308
Nebuchadnezzar-Land: Saddam Hussein and the Persian Gulf Warp. 352
Bill Clinton: Tilting at Peace, Flailing at Saddamp. 402
Clinton: Flight from Terror; Lost Peacep. 457
George W. Bush: A World of Troublep. 525
Afterwordp. 555
Notesp. 567
Acknowledgmentsp. 617
Indexp. 621
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