"THE WAR IN IRAQ is not the first American disaster in the Middle East. It is rather the most recent expression of a half-century of costly miscalculation in the region, the sum of which is many dead and more frustrated and confused, on all sides.
This book is a history of that American experience in the Middle East of the past sixty years. It is the story of ten presidents and their administrations and how they confronted the region, its leaders and its ideas. Tyler`s sheaf of revelations and interpretations are skilfully pulled from declassified documents, public recollections and the private memories of key participants. The aim is to show the cracked and murky lens through which US presidents invariably look out at that part of the world, and to illuminate the noisy and stressful scenes in which all the key decisions about Israel, Iran and the Arab world were taken, and the dramatic struggles for power and influence which are their backdrop. With Tyler, we live again through the Suez Crisis, the Six-Day War, the Iranian Revolution, Sadat`s miraculous flight into Israel, the Iran-Iraq War, the Gulf War, Israel`s invasion of Lebanon, the Oslo Peace Accords, the creation of a Palestinian Authority, the rise of jihadism and the occupation of Iraq. The feuds, the friendships, the obsessions, the orders, the vanities all are here, in close-up.
Patrick Tyler, for decades a high-level correspondent with equal access to White House, Knesset, Pentagon, Saudi Court and Palestinian Authority alike, brings us as close to power and its execution, to its plans and its consequences, as most of us could ever hope to come. His breath-taking book rewrites the recent history of the region that has become the very centre of the world, and of the superpower which strives to understand and influence how life is lived there."
Excellent pages with slight edge-wear. Includes dust-jacket with slight edge-wear.