A World of Trouble

A World of Trouble

The White House and the Middle East From the Cold War to the War on Terror

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Evaluating the pivotal ways in which the United States' relationship with the Middle East influences foreign policy, a historical analysis of America's turbulent presence in the region traces the positive and negative efforts by presidents from Eisenhower to George W. Bush.

McMillan Palgrave
The White House and the Middle East—from the Cold War to the War on Terror

The Middle East is the beginning and the end of U.S. foreign policy: events there influence our alliances, make or break presidencies, govern the price of oil, and draw us into war. But it was not always so—and as Patrick Tyler shows in this thrilling chronicle of American misadventures in the region, the story of American presidents’ dealings there is one of mixed motives, skulduggery, deceit, and outright foolishness, as well as of policymaking and diplomacy.

Tyler draws on newly opened presidential archives to dramatize the approach to the Middle East across U.S. presidencies from Eisenhower to George W. Bush. He takes us into the Oval Office and shows how our leaders made momentous decisions; at the same time, the sweep of this narrative—from the Suez crisis to the Iran hostage crisis to George W. Bush’s catastrophe in Iraq—lets us see the big picture as never before. Tyler tells a story of presidents being drawn into the affairs of the region against their will, being kept in the dark by local potentates, being led astray by grasping subordinates, and making decisions about the internal affairs of countries they hardly understand. Above all, he shows how each president has managed to undo the policies of his predecessor, often fomenting both anger against America on the streets of the region and confusion at home.

A World of Trouble is the Middle East book we need now: compulsively readable, free of cant and ideology, and rich in insight about the very human challenges a new president will face as he or she tries to restore America’s standing in the region.



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& Taylor

Tyler draws on newly opened presidential archives to dramatize the approach to the Middle East across U.S. presidencies from Eisenhower to George W. Bush, showing how each president has managed to undo the policies of his predecessor, often provoking anger against America.
Evaluating the ways in which the United States's relationship with the Middle East influences foreign policy, a historical analysis of America's presence in the region traces the positive and negative efforts by presidents from Eisenhower to George W. Bush.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780374292898
0374292892
Branch Call Number: 327.73056 TYL
Characteristics: 628 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm.

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But neither the Israelis nor the Palestinians were ready for compromise.

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Jul 15, 2015

..., the competition between Jews and Arabs to sway US Presidents in order to gain the upper hand in congressional debates or to seize the moral high ground in public opinion is now a permanent aspect of American foreign policy.

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Oil had won the world wars.

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Jul 15, 2015

After six decades of escalations American involvement in the Middle East, it is nearly impossible to discern any overarching approach to the region. American leaders have been unable to agree on a firm set of principles, a consistent set of goals, or a course of action the could bring peace and stability to the Middle East.

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Mar 12, 2011

Really shows what goes in the white house under a series of american presidents and how the handle the middle east.

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