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Lords of the desert: the battle between the United States and Great Britain for supremacy in the modern Middle East / James Barr.

Author/Creator:
Barr, James, 1976- author.
Other Title:
Battle between the United States and Great Britain for supremacy in the modern Middle East
Edition:
First edition.
Publication:
New York : Basic Books, 2018.
Format/Description:
Book
vi, 454 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Subjects:
Middle East -- History -- 20th century.
Middle East -- Politics and government -- 1945-.
Great Britain -- Foreign relations -- United States.
United States -- Foreign relations -- Great Britain.
Middle East -- Foreign relations -- Great Britain.
Middle East -- Foreign relations -- United States.
Great Britain -- Foreign relations -- Middle East.
United States -- Foreign relations -- Middle East.
United States -- Foreign relations -- 1945-1989.
Great Britain -- Foreign relations -- 1945-.
Summary:
"Using newly declassified records and long-forgotten memoirs, including the diaries of a key British spy, James Barr tears up the conventional interpretation of this era in the Middle East, vividly portraying the tensions between London and Washington, and shedding an uncompromising light on the murkier activities of a generation of American and British diehards in the region, from the battle of El Alamein in 1942 to Britain's abandonment of Aden in 1967. Reminding us that the Middle East has always served as the arena for great power conflict, this is the tale of an internecine struggle in which Britain would discover that her most formidable rival was the ally she had assumed would be her closest friend." -- provided by publisher
Contents:
Part one: Heading for trouble (1941-1948)
The beginning of the end
The old imperialistic order
Heading for trouble
Sheep's eyes
A pretty tough nut
The Jewish problem
Fight for Palestine
Part two: Important concessions (1947-1953)
Eggs in one basket
Exploring the wilder areas
Going fifty-fifty
An unfortunate turn
Second fiddle
Plotting Mosaddeq's downfall
The man in the arena
Part three. Descent to Suez (1953-1958)
The gift of a gun
Baghdad pact
Overreach
Ditching Nasser
A sort of Jenkins' ear
The Suez miscalculation
Failed coups
The year of revolutions
Part four. Clinging on (1957-1967)
Rebels on the Jebel
Iraq and Kuwait
Pandora's box
Secret war
Falling out
Epilogue.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 429-442) and index.
ISBN:
0465050638
9780465050635
OCLC:
1019581084
Publisher Number:
99978010133
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