Dreams and Shadows: The Future of the Middle East
Robin Wright first landed in the Middle East on October 6, 1973, the day the fourth Middle East war erupted. She has covered every country and most major crises in the region since then, through to the rise of Al-Qaeda and the U.S. invasion of I...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
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
Regardless, I am much more knowledgeable about the Middle East's democratic actors than I was before.
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
Thanks for the recommendation of this book. I'm enjoying this book a great deal to try and gain an understanding of possible futures of the Middle East. Too bad George did not have Wright as an advisor. I probably am going to have to stop reading it for awhile as I finish my next book group book. This book I will definitely continue to read
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