America's Great Game: The CIA's Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East

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Basic Books, 2013年12月3日 - 384 頁
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The Central Intelligence Agency's reputation in the Middle East today has been marred by waterboarding and drone strikes, yet in its earliest years the agency was actually the region's staunchest western ally. In America's Great Game, celebrated intelligence historian Hugh Wilford reveals how three colorful CIA operatives—Kermit and Archie Roosevelt, and maverick covert-ops expert Miles Copeland—attempted, futilely, to bring the U.S. and Middle East into harmony during the 1940s and ‘50s. Heirs to an American missionary tradition that taught them to treat Arabs and Muslims with respect and empathy, these CIA “Arabists” nevertheless behaved like political puppet-masters, orchestrating coup plots throughout the Middle East while seeking to sway public opinion in America against support for the new state of Israel. Their efforts, and ultimate failure, would doom U.S.-Middle Eastern relations for decades to come.

Drawing on extensive new material, including declassified government records, private papers, and personal interviews, America's Great Game shows how three well-intentioned spies inadvertently ruptured relations between America and the Arab world.

 

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By turns admiring and critical play-by-play of CIA Arabists as they directed the Cold War's Middle East chessboard.As the blowback from America's meddling in the Middle East continues to return in the ... 閱讀評論全文

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1 Learning the Game
3
2 Beginning the Quest
17
2 OSSCairo
31
4 Great Game Redux
42
5 Zion
54
6 The Guest No One Invies Again
66
WarmUp 19471949
75
7 Game Plan
77
13 From ALPHA
175
14 CryptoDiplomacy
189
15 Peacemakers
202
Losing 19561958
215
16 to OMEGA
217
17 Increasingly a Vehicle for Your Purposes
232
Syria 1956
245
Jordan Lebanon Syria 1957
262

8 The Right Kind of Leader? Syria 1949
94
WInning 19491956
111
9 American Friends of the Middle East
113
Egypt 1952
133
11 Mad Men on the Nile
146
Iran 1953
160
20 Game Over
277
21 Epilogue
290
Notes
300
Index
326
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Hugh Wilford is a professor of history at California State University, Long Beach and author of four books, including The Mighty Wurlitzer: How the CIA Played America, a history of CIA front organizations. He lives in Long Beach, California.

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