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Devil's Game: How the United States Helped Unleash Fundamentalist Islam

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"The most clear and engaging history of the deadly, historic partnership between Western powers and political Islam."—

Devil's Game is the first comprehensive account of America's misguided efforts, stretching across decades, to dominate the strategically vital Middle East by courting and cultivating Islamic fundamentalism.

Drawing on extensive archival research and
Paperback, 400 pages
Published October 3rd 2006 by Metropolitan Books (first published November 3rd 2005)
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عهد زرزور
Feb 14, 2013 عهد زرزور rated it did not like it
وصلت للفصل الثالث من هذا الكتاب
ولم استطع أن أكمل...
أؤمن أن منطقتنا العربية الإسلامية وبالذات المحيطة بفلسطين "الشرق الاوسط" كما يسمونها
هي عرضة لكل المؤامرات والأطماع
وأؤمن أنه لا يوجد سياسي وصل إلى العالمية إلا وقد تلوّث بالمصالح الإقليمية والعالمية حتى لو على حساب قضيته،
ولكن هذا الكتاب مليء بالمغالطات التاريخية وأحياناً التجني، وربط الأحداث بشكل مضحك أحياناً...
عزيزي المؤامراتي وخصوصاً "منحبكجية" سوريا أنصحكم بقراءة هذا الكتاب بشدة.
أما انا فلا وقت لدي، هنالك كتبٌ أجدى !
Nov 11, 2008 Brian rated it liked it
Entertainment-.5 Stars
Education- 1 Star
Readability- 0 star
Innovation- 1 Stars
Inspiration- .5 Stars

There was a LOT of information in this book. If you want a detailed history about the Middle East and mistakes that America has made this book does a very through job.

Honestly I think I could have read the introduction and the last three chapters and that would have been good enough to get the idea. For a while it read like those chapters in the Bible about who begat whom (only with terrorists). Som
Mar 26, 2013 Misha rated it really liked it
Finished Devil's game. Boy was that a long read. The book was rambly,
he overstated his case, and it retreads some of the familiar
territory, like the Taliban's cooperation with the US and Unocal's
ideas of building a gas pipeline to the Indian ocean through
Afghanistan. They were hoping to create another Saudi Arabia out of
Afghanistan (Although, that arsehole in Nebraska who created a
"Taliban primer" to teach kids to count using dead Russian soldiers
and kalashnikov rifles deserves a special place i
Jan 27, 2015 Rj rated it really liked it
Just finished reading Robert Dreyfuss' Devil's Game: How the United States Helped Unleash Fundamentalist Islam (New York: Metropolitan Books, 2005). Dreyfuss originally interviewed by Jon Stewart on the Daily Show intrigued me. Dreyfuss' book outlines in incredible detail how Great Britain and the United States aided the development of political Islam or Islamism. Beginning in the 19th-century and leading up to the present day Dreyfuss details how Anglo-American interests used political and econ ...more
May 01, 2014 Dr.Abdulkarem rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
هذا الكتاب؛ يأتي بمعلومات جديدة علينا؛ إذ يأتي على أصل ما يُسمى باليمين الإسلامي؛ سواءً أكان ما يُسمى بالوهابية، أو الإخوان، أم الثورة الإسلامية في إيران... بشكل عام؛ يذهب الكاتب؛ إلى أن للولايات المتحدة؛ دوراً في نشوء تلك الحركات؛ والتي انقلبت عليها فيما بعد... ويذهب الكاتب إلى أن أساس هذا الدعم الأمريكي لتلك الحركات؛ هي الحرب الباردة مع الاتحاد السوفيتي؛ الذي كان يدعم شاه إيران، ومن حكم مصر؛ بالإضافة إلى الحرب في أفغانستان... كتاب يستحق القراءة.
Ashraf Sami
Apr 04, 2015 Ashraf Sami rated it really liked it
A book with a wealth of information... An eye opener and inspiring book... The book revolves around one essential idea - how US and Political Islam interests were aligned during the Cold War against communism and how the U.S. helped to build the Islamic extremism of today....A very long read.....There are 300 of the 400 pages that are redundant and could have been removed with no impact to the reader
Jul 04, 2014 Waleed added it
يتحدث الكتاب عن دعم الولايات المتحدة لليمين الأصولى بهدف محاربة الشيوعية أو دع النظم الموالية لها
على سبيل المثال يذكر الكتاب دور أمريكا في ايران حينما استخدمت آية الله كاشانى لاسقاط الحكومة الوطنية بقيادة مصدق لهدم مخططات تأميم البترول الايرانى وخوفاً من تزايد النفوذ الشيوعى وكررت فعلتها بمناصرة الخومينى خوفاً من صعود الشيوعيين ودعمها للإخوان لمحاربة عبد الناصر ودعم وتجييش الأصوليين من كافة الدول المسلمة لمحاربة السوفييت في أفغانسان
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يصل مؤلف الكتاب إلى نتيجة أن العلاقة السرية الق
Aug 28, 2015 Nwaf rated it really liked it
Shelves: politics
This book inform us that middle eastern countries under extreme threats from Islamic fascism support it by western nations and gulf allies.
البهلول أحمد محمد مصطفى
التضخيم في دور الولايات المتحدة في الشرق
Jay D
Mar 02, 2015 Jay D rated it really liked it
Great compliment to Curtis' Secret Affairs
Nov 20, 2013 Jaime rated it it was amazing
This is a history of a cold war strategy that backfired on us. We have supported Islamic fundamentalists against secularists and nationalists in Middle Eastern countries because we considered Islamists to be more reliable partners against communism. A well-known example is the help we gave to the Taliban to kick the Soviets out of Afghanistan. Ignored at the time was the future consequences of this strategy such as the spread of Islamic fundamentalism that is troubling us today.
Ahmed Elmokadem
Mar 01, 2014 Ahmed Elmokadem rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
كتاب رائع يجب قراءته على الرغم من بعض المغالطات سواء أكانت متعمدة أو نتيجة جهل.. يعطى معلومات رائعة عن الاسلام السياسى و علاقته الوثيقة بالغرب
Yasser Abdel Rahman
May 26, 2012 Yasser Abdel Rahman rated it it was amazing
it's a fascinating book. it's all about the consipracy theroy regarding the Amercian Empire.
on the other side, it could be shocking for most of the readers new to this subject.
it providesmany answers to the current situation for what so-called "arab spring".
Nov 11, 2014 Bruce rated it really liked it
Very insightful, very depressing. Fundamentalism in Islam is entwined with colonialism, fostered by the British as a means of separating people within the empire.
Amir kasravi
Dec 29, 2007 Amir kasravi rated it liked it
Politics and religion in deception are two sides of the same coin. They are both almost oldest institution in human history. This book has been translated into Farsi
May 07, 2013 abou7mid rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
الكتاب ليس جامع للحقائق يحتوى على اتهامات خطيرة للجماعات الأسلامية لا نعتبرها حقيقة مطلقة لكن جزءً منها يمثل الواقع الحالى !
Emad Mohamed
Aug 31, 2013 Emad Mohamed rated it liked it
أجزاء منة مهمة ترجمتة للعربية سيئة جدا لو كانت افضل كنت كملتة لا بد من قرائتة بلغتة الاصلية.
Jan 08, 2009 Weavre marked it as to-read
Recommended to Weavre by: browsing OFL's shelves online
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