Power, Faith, and Fantasy by Michael B. Oren
America in the Middle East: 1776 to the Present

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“Will shape our thinking about America and the Middle East for years.”—Christopher Dickey, Newsweek

Power, Faith, and Fantasytells the remarkable story of America's 230-year relationship with the Middle East. Drawing on a vast range of government documents, personal correspondence, and the memoirs of merchants, missionaries, and travelers, Michael B. Oren narrates the unknown story of how the United States has interacted with this vibrant and turbulent region.

About Michael B. Oren

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Michael B. Oren, Senior Fellow at the Shalem Center, has written numerous works on the Middle East, including the New York Times bestsellers Six Days of War and Power, Faith, and Fantasy. He has taught at Harvard, Yale, and Georgetown universities, and currently serves as Israel's ambassador to the United States.
Published February 17, 2008 by W. W. Norton & Company. 857 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, War, Travel, Business & Economics. Non-fiction

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The Middle East—a term, Oren notes, coined by an American admiral a century ago—was a subject of intense interest across the waters in the early days of the Republic, thanks in good measure to the work of Mediterranean privateers who pressed American sailors into slavery.

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Counterintuitively for so long an audiobook, Dietz's tortoise-like performance adds to, rather than detracts from, Oren's prose, with Dietz's careful pace giving Oren's carefully researched tome an added measure of dignified wisdom.

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Michael Oren's POWER, FAITH and FANTASY is an immensely researched (80 pages of notes and a 50 page bibliography) and cohesively written accound of American impact in the middle east from the beginnings of America until the present.

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Steve Weinberg Wall Street Journal 4 of 5 Stars "Michael Oren offers a sweeping chronicle of America’s Middle Eastern policies and perceptions, arguing that the lands of the Ottoman Empire—before its dissolution and after—have long loomed large to Washington and to the wider American populac...

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The last several chapters are devoted to the acceleration of U.S. involvement in the Middle East, starting with the Truman administration's tortured diplomatic recognition of Israel in 1948 and punctuated by a series of events: 1967's Six Day War, the Iran hostage crisis, the first Gulf War and 9...

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The threat was not to American commerce alone, but also to American lives and American pride.

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IN HIS MAJESTIC AND MAGNIFICENT “Power, Faith and Fantasy – America in the Middle East, 1776 to the Present,” Michael Oren offers scores of similarly fascinating snippets from 230 years of American involvement with the Middle East.

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