Dreams and Shadows
The Future of the Middle East
A magnificent reckoning with the extraordinary changes engulfing the Middle East, by one of our greatest reporters on the region
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 Iraq. For all the drama of the past, however, the region's most decisive traumas are unfolding today as the Middle East struggles to deal with trends that have already reshaped the rest of the world. And for all the darkness, there is also hope. Some of the emerging trends give cause for greater optimism about the future of the Middle East than at any time since the first Arab-Israeli War in 1948.
Dreams and Shadows is an extraordinary tour d'horizon of the new Middle East, with on-the-ground reportage of the ideas and movements driving change across the region-and the obstacles they confront. Through the powerful storytelling for which the author is famous, Dreams and Shadows ties together the players and events in Iraq, Iran, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Morocco, Turkey, the Gulf states, and the Palestinian territories into a coherent vision of what lies ahead.
A marvelous field report from the center of the storm, the book is animated by the characters whose stories give the region's transformation its human immediacy and urgency. It is also rich with the history that brought us to this point. It is a masterpiece of the reporter's art and a work of profound and enduring insight.
Baker & Taylor
With a solid, thirty-five-year background in Middle East reporting, Ms. Wright offers an extraordinary tour of this volatile and restless region--the ideas and movements driving change across the region, the obstacles facing the transformation of the Middle East, and the players and events in Iraq, Iran, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Morocco, Turkey, the Gulf states, and the Palestinian territories--that translate into a coherent vision of what lies ahead.
Blackwell North Amer
Dreams and Shadows captures the Middle East in the midst of a historic transition. It draws on thirty-five years of reporting - through wars, revolutions, and uprisings as well as the birth of new democracy movements and a new generation of activists - in two dozen countries.
A field report by a renowned regional specialist documents the major crises that have overshadowed the Middle East throughout the past thirty years, offering insight into the decisive events that are unfolding in today's world. 50,000 first printing.
A field report by a renowned regional specialist documents the major crises that have overshadowed the Middle East throughout the past thirty years, offering insight into the decisive events that are reshaping the region.
New York : Penguin Press, c2008
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464 p. :,map ;,25 cm.