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Castles Made of Sand: A Century of Anglo-American Espionage and Intervention in the Middle East
With roots in imperialism and the nineteenth-century mindset of the “Great Game,” Western nations have waged anintricate spy game this past century to establish control over the Middle East,secure access to keyresources and regions of commerce, and prevent thespread ofSoviet communism into the region. From the Suez Canal to the former Ottoman Empire, British and American i ...more
ebook, 368 pages
Published November 23rd 2010 by Thomas Dunne Books
(first published November 19th 2010)
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This is a book that needed to be written. This is a very divisive issue, with founded fears and skepticism on both sides. What I have noticed, however, is that some want to exclude certain facts from the conversation. Agree or disagree with larger points and arguments, but a fact is a fact. We(and by that I mean the West) have a history of interfering/meddling/acting/intervening/whatever-verb-makes-you-comfortable in the Middle East. Whether it has involved directly installing leaders and dicta ...more
While informative, the author's construction of the book is atrocious. Instead of chronologically approaching the subject, he goes back in forth between regions. In doing so, the author also wastes a lot of time rehashing information while at the same time seems to be skipping over information. I was expecting a lot more and was greatly disappointed.