Best of Enemies by Jean-Pierre Filiu
A History of US and Middle East Relations, Part One: 1783-1953

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...this timely, beautifully drawn account provides a wonderfully involving history lesson.


Filiu and David B. draw striking parallels between ancient and contemporary political history in this look at the US–Middle East conflict. The reader is transported to the pirate-choked Mediterranean sea, where Christians and Muslims continue the crusades, only this time on water. As the centuries pass, the traditional victims of the Muslim pirates—the British, French, and Spanish—all become empire-building powers whose sights lie beyond the Mediterranean.

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“David B.’s rubbery, decoratively detailed images of historical figures suggest portraits from centuries-old pottery; his versions of Mohammed Mossadegh and Kermit Roosevelt seem to be players in an ancient legend.” New York Times

"This complex and unsavory saga is told concisely and vividly, enhanced by David B.’s marvelously inventive pen-and-inks." —Library Journal

Best of Enemies breaks down a complex and morally messy history into a clean and easily absorbed narrative." —Scripps Howard News Service

"Filiu and B. score a hit right out the outset by retelling a segment of the Gilgamesh fable but inserting quotes from George W. Bush and Donald Rumsfeld in the mouths of the main characters, letting you know that this is not a book that will shy away from offering an opinion." —Robot 6

“B. is one of contemporary comics’ true visionaries, the speaker of a visual language of his own devising.” —Comics Journal

"No single volume can hope to explain the tortured relationship of the U.S. and the Middle East, but Best of Enemies sheds light on this dark ‘friendship’ that might enlighten and, hopefully, inspire change." —

About Jean-Pierre Filiu

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Jean-Pierre Filiu is a world-renowned expert on the Middle East. David B. is an Eisner Award-nominated artist.
Published May 15, 2012 by Harry N. Abrams. 120 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Comics & Graphic Novels. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by James Smart on May 29 2012

...this timely, beautifully drawn account provides a wonderfully involving history lesson.

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