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American Raj: Liberation or Domination?: Resolving the Conflict Between the West and the Muslim World
In 1993, political scientist Samuel Huntington turned conventional political wisdom on its head by arguing that future conflicts wouldn't be between nations but between civilizations -- notably, between the secular West and the fundamentalist Islamic world. At the same time, Eric S. Margolis was arguing the same point from a different position: that of a journalist reporti ...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by Key Porter Books
(first published September 24th 2008)
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I agree with the author's general premise and he made numerous excellent points and even had a few good ideas. He does an excellent job of telling an interesting story and is not afraid to let facts get in the way of making his points. The problem is that he filled the space in between his valid insight and good ideas with some wild aspersions, false data, and other spurious claims. This is particularly disappointing because he does have some good experience and unique insight that allows him to ...more
The American Raj is a critique of US foreign policy in the Middle East during the modern era. The author, Eric S. Margolis is a journalist with extensive experience in the region and has covered a majority of the conflicts in the region and has an unbelievable amount of knowledge in the subject.
The title of the book, American Raj, comes from drawing parallels to the British Raj (or empire) that extended across a great portion of the earth during the colonial era. As the British empire expanded, ...more
Apr 05, 2010 Alleydancer07 rated it really liked it
An excellent expose on various hot zones in the middle east. Margolis speaks from the voice of experience, as a war correspondent specialising in middle eastern affairs and politics, which he has been covering for decades. The bibliography is extensive, and so Margolis' anecdata is fleshed out with research other than his own, which lends more credibility to his arguments. The book is elegantly written, and holds no punches when it comes to criticising the cause-effect relationships of the puppe ...more
Excellent book outlining the poor policy of America in the Middle East. After reading this book, you understand why many in the Middle East have the view of America that they do. No doubt Margolis is an expert in this area and has practical, first hand knowledge of the region. Highly recommend.