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American Orientalism: The United States and the Middle East Since 1945
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Univ of North Carolina Pr
Publication date October 1, 2002
Pages 448
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780807827376
ISBN-10 0807827371
Dimensions 1.25 by 6.50 by 9.50 in.
Weight 1.62 lbs.
Availability§ Out of Print
Original list price $34.95
Other format details university press
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Summary
The history professor reconstructs America's modern relationship with the Middle East, beginning with the end of World War II and the creation of the State of Israel. (History) (view table of contents)
Amazon.com description: Product Description: With the events of September 2001, America's relationship with the Middle East exploded to the forefront of our national consciousness. Looking back more than a half-century, Douglas Little offers valuable, historical context for anyone seeking a better understanding of this complicated relationship. He explores the encounters between the United States and the Middle East since 1945, focusing particularly on the complex, sometimes inconsistent attitudes and interests that have shaped U.S. relations in the region.

Little begins by exposing the persistence of "orientalist" stereotypes in American popular culture and then examines U.S. policy toward the Middle East from many angles. Chapters focus on America's increasing dependence on petroleum; U.S.-Israeli relations; the threat of communism; the rise of revolutionary nationalist movements in Egypt, Iran, Iraq, and Libya; the futility of U.S. military and covert intervention; and the unsuccessful attempt to broker a "peace-for-land" settlement between the Israelis and the Palestinians. The overarching theme of the book is that a combination of American omnipotence and profound cultural misunderstanding ensured that the United States would encounter trouble in the Middle East after 1945 and continues to bedevil the relationship between these vastly different cultures to the present day.

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from Univ of North Carolina Pr (October 1, 2002)
9780807827376 | details & prices | 448 pages | 6.50 × 9.50 × 1.25 in. | 1.62 lbs | List price $34.95
About: The history professor reconstructs America's modern relationship with the Middle East, beginning with the end of World War II and the creation of the State of Israel.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780807855393 Book cover for 9780807858981
 
3 edition from Univ of North Carolina Pr (June 2, 2008)
9780807858981 | details & prices | 441 pages | 6.00 × 9.25 × 1.25 in. | 1.40 lbs | List price $37.95
About: Douglas Little explores the stormy American relationship with the Middle East from World War II through the war in Iraq, focusing particularly on the complex and often inconsistent attitudes and interests that helped put the United States on a collision course with radical Islam early in the new millennium.
from Univ of North Carolina Pr (February 1, 2004)
9780807855393 | details & prices | 424 pages | 6.50 × 9.50 × 1.25 in. | 1.40 lbs | List price $20.95
About: Douglas Little exposes the persistence of "orientalist" stereotypes in American popular culture and examines United States policy toward the Middle East from many angles.

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