Middle East History, or, Turmoil and War

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The Oil Kings: How the U.S., Iran, and Saudi Arabia Changed the Balance of Power in the Middle East
Andrew Scott Cooper

HISTORY MIDEAST COP

Reveals the covert agreements that prompted America’s decision to switch allegiance from Iran to Saudi Arabia as a dominant Middle East oil supplier, citing the contributions of key players while explaining how choices in the 1970s set the stage for Iran’s Islamic revolution.


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The Devil We Don't Know: The Dark Side of Revolutions in the Middle East
Nonie Darwish

HISTORY MIDEAST DAR

Respected human rights activist Nonie Darwish assesses the potential for freedom to succeed following the recent revolutions in the Middle East. This book will add to the ongoing debate on what the future holds for the people and the politics of the region and on the ultimate compatibility of freedom and democracy in the Muslim world.


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Sandstorm: Libya in the Time of Revolution
Lindsey Hilsum

HISTORY MIDEAST HIL

An award-winning television journalist describes her witness to the 2011 defeat of Libya’s dictator Muammar Gadaffi by his own people, tracing the story of Gadaffi’s regime from its early days of popular appeal to the fear and corruption of its final years from the perspectives of five Libyan rebels.


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On Saudi Arabia: Its People, Past, Religion, Fault Lines - and Future
Karen Elliott House

HISTORY MIDEAST HOU

A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist draws on three decades of firsthand experience to profile the Saudi Arabia of today, offering insight into its leaders, citizens, cultural complexities and international prospects.


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Syria: The Fall of the House of Assad
David W. Lesch

HISTORY MIDEAST LES

Examines the failed leadership of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from the perspective of a Middle East scholar who met with Assad between 2004 and 2009, focusing specifically on the administration’s response to the Arab Spring.


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Notes on a Century: Reflections of a Middle East Historian
Bernard Lewis, Buntzie Ellis Churchill

HISTORY MIDEAST LEW

Presents the life and career of the Middle East specialist, from his professional relationships with world leaders to his accomplishments in world politics, and offers the author’s analysis on the events that have transformed the region since World War II, up through the Arab Spring.


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King's Counsel: A Memoir of War, Espionage, and Diplomacy in the Middle East
Jack O'Connell

HISTORY MIDEAST O’CO

The former CIA station chief in Amman, Jordan and most trusted American advisor to the late King Hussein describes how their friendship trust developed after he tipped off the ruler about Israel’s planned invasion of Egypt in 1967.


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The World Through Arab Eyes: Arab Public Opinion and the Reshaping of the Middle East
Shibley Telhami

HISTORY MIDEAST TEL

The orchestrator of an annual opinion poll in the Arab world describes the profound changes taking place, including recent protests and the toppling of autocrats, and discusses how the people of the region feel about these drastic shifts.


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Fallujah Awakens: Marines, Sheikhs, and the Battle Against al Qaeda (Blue and Gold)
Bill Ardolino

HISTORY MILITARY MIDEAST ARD

Explains how local tribal leaders and U.S. Marines forged an unlikely alliance that helped secure the famous battleground of Fallujah, recounting events from both American and Iraqi perspectives.


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The Longest War: The Enduring Conflict between America and Al-Qaeda
Peter L. Bergen

HISTORY MILITARY MIDEAST BER

Weaving together internal documents from al-Qaeda and the U.S. offices of counterterrorism, first-person interviews with top-level jihadists and senior Washington officials, along with his own experiences on the ground in the Middle East, Bergen balances the accounts of each side, revealing how al-Qaeda has evolved since 9/11 and the ways the U.S. government has responded in the ongoing fight.


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The Wars of Afghanistan: Messianic Terrorism, Tribal Conflicts, and the Failures of Great Powers
Peter Tomsen

HISTORY MILITARY MIDEAST TOM

A former envoy to Afghanistan draws on his relationships with Afghan, senior Taliban, and religious leaders to offer insight into America’s involvement in the long Afghan war and the role of foreign intelligence failures in strengthening regional extremism.


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Terrorists in Love: The Real Lives of Islamic Radicals
Ken Ballen

POLITICS BAL

Imagine a world where a boy’s dreams dictate the behavior of warriors in battle; where a young couple’s only release from forbidden love is death; where a suicide bomber survives only to become fiercely pro-American. This is the world of Terrorists in Love.


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After the Arab Spring: How Islamists Hijacked The Middle East Revolts
John R. Bradley

POLITICS BRA

Presents a warning about the future of an increasingly radical Middle East, challenging views about recent social revolutions while discussing the powerful factors of Wahhabi ideology, inter-tribal rivalries, and Sunni-Shia divisions.


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Above the Din of War: Afghans Speak About Their Lives, Their Country, and Their Future-and Why America Should Listen
Peter Eichstaedt

POLITICS EIC

A journalist shares cross-country conversations with the Afghan populace including emotional and critical commentary from a former warlord, a Taliban judge, poppy growers, women parliamentarians, would-be suicide bombers, a besieged video store owner and more in a book that also looks at what the future may hold for the embattled country.


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We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People (American Empire Project)
Peter Van Buren

POLITICS VAN

From a State Department insider, the first account of our blundering efforts to rebuild Iraq. A shocking and rollicking true-life tale of Americans abroad, and a vividly rendered tale of ineptitude and corruption.


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