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A Path Out of the Desert: A Grand Strategy for America in the Middle East

3.83  ·  Rating Details  ·  46 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
The greatest danger to America’s peace and prosperity, notes leading Middle East policy analyst Kenneth M. Pollack, lies in the political repression, economic stagnation, and cultural conflict running rampant in Arab and Muslim nations. Pollack asserts that we must continue to make the Middle East a priority in our policy, but in a humbler, more realistic, and more cohesiv ...more
Paperback, 592 pages
Published August 25th 2009 by Random House Trade Paperbacks (first published 2008)
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Mike
Mar 06, 2013 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book at a particularly fascinating time - Late February and March of 2011. Each evening when I read another chapter, it seemed the day's actual events had just rendered the strategy outlined by Mr. Pollack in that section moot. The wave of revolutions large and small sweeping the Middle East as of this writing represent the 'worst case' scenario Pollack outlines if the US does not aggressively pursue a coherent and consistent strategy there.

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Ps dln
Aug 24, 2008 Ps dln rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is a pretensious, over-weight and poorly argued book. Despite the length, few ideas are developed in a serious way. The author only nibbles at some good ideas. The author was one of the most-widely read advocates of the war in Iraq. While he now admits his (rather costly) error, much of the self-deceiving arrogance that informed his views on Iraq are replicated here. He is apparently is angling for job in the new U.S. adminstration in Jan. 2009, but based on this volume he is a very convent ...more
Rhesa
Nov 21, 2010 Rhesa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Practically speaking, this book puts every middle east book I've read into perspective, even though I'm not American. Superb analysis & many surprising small data, although sometime a bit repetitive & fall into typical IR's phraseology. This book is like a crash course of Middle East Politics.
Lydia
Feb 16, 2009 Lydia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book for anyone who is interested in America's relationship with the Middle East and vice versa. Covers everything from economics and defense to social and cultural ties
Jan
Creative, diplimatic approaches are presented, making this one of the best books to read about the MidEast Peace Process that I've come accross.
Jocelyn
Ken Pollack truly is an expert in Middle Eastern politics. This book provides a lot of detail. A heavy but very educational read.
Rachel
An interesting read somewhere between policy wonk, policy maker, and academic. A little bit Thomas Friedman in some parts.
Tom Coale
Aug 11, 2009 Tom Coale rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am only a few chapters in, but this is a great book to help you interpret the Middle East through all dimensions.
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