Saudi Arabia is the bankroller of a great deal of terrorism in the world, most of which emanates from the Middle East. This has resulted in certain nations having dreams of the future that excludes women and non-Muslims from any participation (just like Saudi Arabia) and calls for the implementation of a final sol ...more
“The despots in the Arab world are on their last gasp,” he reflected. “Just like any last-ditch battles, they will do a lot of stupid things and leave a lot of destruction. But these will be the last battles. People have already broken the fear barrier. They are as ready for change and democracy as East Europe was in the 1980s and as Latin America was in t...more
Her chapter on Iraq is about American mistakes and those on Palestine and Lebanon are critical of Israel, but for the rest of th ...more
Ms. Wright, who has evidently covered the Middle East as a report for many years, has produced a masterful analysis of the prospects of progress in major countries of the Middle East, including Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, Iran, Morocco, Egypt and Iraq. She interviewed many democratic activists and included ...more
The author gives the reader insights into the history, the leaders, and key events which shape the countries in the region, specifically the Pa ...more
An amazing tour de force by a woman who has been covering the Middle East for over 30 years. The title comes from a lament by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, who molded today's Turkey from the ruins of the old Ottoman Empire: "Neither sentiment nor illusion must influence our policy. Away with dreams and shad ...more
As an aside, while reading Dr ...more
It reminded me how much I enjoyed her very informative book, Dreams and Shadows: The Future of the Middle East and her refreshing, and deeply informed comments on middle east issues.
She details in this book just how unique each government and culture is in the middle east. They each must be approached in a unique way.
If you want a good, foundational und ...more
One of her points is that the mideast region is now the most stereotyped, and we need to see the reality, the diversity there.....the reason ...more
Plenty of books are published on the Middle East each year, but critics describe few as "optimistic" or "balanced." Wright earns such praise from nearly every reviewer. Even those who clearly disagree with some of her conclusions assert that Dreams and Shadows is one of the best recent books on the region and its struggles. The most common complaint is that Wright did not devote enough attention to a particular topic
Regardless, I am much more knowledgeable about the Middle East's democratic actors than I was before.