The Resource America's great game : the CIA's secret Arabists and the shaping of the modern Middle East, Hugh Wilford

America's great game : the CIA's secret Arabists and the shaping of the modern Middle East, Hugh Wilford

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America's great game : the CIA's secret Arabists and the shaping of the modern Middle East
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America's great game
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the CIA's secret Arabists and the shaping of the modern Middle East
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Hugh Wilford
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CIA's secret Arabists and the shaping of the modern Middle East
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the CIAs secret Arabists and the shaping of the modern Middle East
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eng
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"From the 9/11 attacks to waterboarding to drone strikes, relations between the United States and the Middle East seem caught in a downward spiral. And all too often, the Central Intelligence Agency has made the situation worse. But this crisis was not a historical inevitability-far from it. Indeed, the earliest generation of CIA operatives was actually the region's staunchest western ally. In America's Great Game, celebrated intelligence historian Hugh Wilford reveals the surprising history of the CIA's pro-Arab operations in the 1940s and 50s by tracing the work of the agency's three most influential-and colorful-officers in the Middle East. Kermit "Kim" Roosevelt was the grandson of Theodore Roosevelt and the first head of CIA covert action in the region; his cousin, Archie Roosevelt, was a Middle East scholar and chief of the Beirut station. The two Roosevelts joined combined forces with Miles Copeland, a maverick covert operations specialist who had joined the American intelligence establishment during World War II. With their deep knowledge of Middle Eastern affairs, the three men were heirs to an American missionary tradition that engaged Arabs and Muslims with respect and empathy. Yet they were also fascinated by imperial intrigue, and were eager to play a modern rematch of the "Great Game," the nineteenth-century struggle between Britain and Russia for control over central Asia. Despite their good intentions, these "Arabists" propped up authoritarian regimes, attempted secretly to sway public opinion in America against support for the new state of Israel, and staged coups that irrevocably destabilized the nations with which they empathized. Their efforts, and ultimate failure, would shape the course of U.S.-Middle Eastern relations for decades to come. Based on a vast array of declassified government records, private papers, and personal interviews, America's Great Game tells the riveting story of the merry band of CIA officers whose spy games forever changed U.S. foreign policy."--
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10231923
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1965-
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Wilford, Hugh
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327.73056
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DS63.2.U5
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non fiction
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  • United States
  • United States
  • Middle East
  • Arab countries
  • United States
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adult
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the CIA's secret Arabists and the shaping of the modern Middle East
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America's great game : the CIA's secret Arabists and the shaping of the modern Middle East, Hugh Wilford
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 300-325) and index
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25 cm
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xxiv, 342 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
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9780465019656
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2013029982
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America's great game : the CIA's secret Arabists and the shaping of the modern Middle East, Hugh Wilford
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 300-325) and index
Carrier category
  • volume
  • sheet
Carrier category code
  • nc
  • nb
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  • rdacarrier
  • rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • cartographic image
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  • txt
  • cri
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xxiv, 342 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780465019656
Lccn
2013029982
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map, photographs

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