The Invention of the Modern Middle East
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Kingmakers by Karl E. Meyer
Book DescriptionKingmakers is the story of how the modern Middle East came to be, told through the lives of the Britons and Americans who shaped it. Some are famous (Lawrence of Arabia and Gertrude Bell); others infamous (Harry St. John Philby, father of Kim); some forgotten (Sir Mark Sykes, Israel's godfather, and A. T. Wilson, the territorial creator of Iraq); some controversial (the CIA's Miles Copeland and the Pentagon's Paul Wolfowitz). All helped enthrone rulers in a region whose very name is an Anglo-American invention. As a bonus, we meet the British Empire's power couple, Lord and Lady Lugard (Flora Shaw): she named Nigeria, he ruled it; she used the power of the Times of London to attempt a regime change in the gold-rich Transvaal. The narrative is character-driven, and the aim is to restore to life the colorful figures who for good or ill gave us the Middle East in which Americans are enmeshed today.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780393061994
(244mm x 168mm x 35mm)
Imprint: WW Norton & Co
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Publish Date: 23-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Karl E. Meyer
Pax Ethnica, Hardback (March 2012)
Examines societies where people of diverse ethnicities, races and/or religions live together in peace. In this book, the authors show how recognition of multiple identities can defuse rather than provoke conflict - providing, there is also insistence on respect for basic rights within as well as between ethnic, religious, and cultural groups.
Kingmakers, Paperback (October 2009)
A brilliant narrative history tracing today's troubles back to the grandiose imperial overreach of Great Britain and the United States.
Tournament of Shadows, Paperback (February 2006)
In this updated edition, the authors reflect on Central Asia's history since the end of the Russo-Afghan war, and particularly in the wake of 9/11.
Dust of Empire, Paperback (June 2004)» View all books by Karl E. Meyer
A "rattling good"* inquiry into the historical impact of Western involvement with Central Asia, spelling out the implications for the United States and its allies today *(New York Times Book Review)
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Author Biography - Karl E. Meyer
Shareen Blair Brysac, formerly a prize-winning documentary producer at CBS News, is the author of Resisting Hitler and co-author of Tournament of Shadows and Kingmakers with Karl E. Meyer. The couple lives in New York and Weston, Connecticut. Karl E. Meyer has written extensively on foreign affairs as a staff member of the New York Times and the Washington Post.
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