Sowing Crisis Large Print Edition: The Cold War and American Dominance in the Middle East
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Sowing Crisis Large Print Edition: The Cold War and American Dominance in the Middle East

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A lucid and provocative analysis of the legacy of the Cold War in the Middle East. During the 45 years of the Cold War, policymakers from the United States and the Soviet Union vied for primacy in the Middle East. Their motives, long held by historians to have had an ideological thrust, were, in fact, to gain control over access to oil and claim geographic and strategic ad...more
Paperback, Large Print, 464 pages
Published January 1st 2009 by Beacon
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A compelling overview of the role of the US (and other Western powers) and the Soviet Union in the Middle East. Khalidi's main argument is that the Middle East played a critical playing field for the great power rivalries--due to its strategic location, resources (oil), and vulnerability. He questions the dominant role of ideology in the Cold War and shows that perhaps more pragmatic political and economic concerns caused tensions between the two powers. He explores their positions primarily in...more
Jean Kelly
A book about the effect of the Cold War in the Middle East and how the then super powers of USSR and US affected, often negatively, the countries in that part of the world. Depressing but informative.
Per usual, Khalidi exposes his wealth of knowledge about the region. But! the book is horribly written. He constantly refers back to things that he has "already discussed at length" or that he "will discuss at length". This is not a book for people new to ME studies-- even those with a background in Mid East history are bogged down by the knowledge he assumes the reader has before launching into discussions about the Baghdad Pact, etc.

And the students hate the polemical tone... so many readers...more
While I don't think this an especially well written book, the information to be found in it makes up for it. I have read reviews in other locations in which people labeled this as just being anti-American propaganda. I really didn't get that from it. I think the author did a good job of presenting his evidence. For those that dismiss this as simply anti-American are missing the bigger picture, that this is how our foreign policy during the cold war and now is perceived from the outside looking i...more
Aug 31, 2012 Matvei rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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This gives a fantastic background to the political situations currently held in both the Middle East and South Asia. It provides historical details explaining the resultant current state of affairs among countries such as Palestine, Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Iran, Afghanistan, and others. It begins with the beginning of the twentieth century and the two world wars before delving into the Cold War era when the United States and the Soviet Union used the world like chess pieces.
i really wanted to like this book. it seemed to jump all over the place in sense of time, subject matter. it's relatively short with big print and i just couldnt seem to follow it. it was an inter-library loan item and i wasnt able to finish it and doubt i will pick it up again.
Very interesting perspective and history, but I always get very disappointed when the author includes facts that are demonstrably false...
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Rashid Khalidi is the author of seven books about the Middle East, including Palestinian Identity, Brokers of Deceit, Resurrecting Empire, The Iron Cage, and Sowing Crisis. His writing on Middle Eastern history and politics has appeared in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and many journals. For his work on the Middle East, Professor Khalidi has received fellows...more
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