Kingmakers: The Invention of the Modern Middle East

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2008 - 507 páginas
Kingmakers is the story of how the modern Middle East came to be, told through the lives of the Britons and Americans who shaped it. Some are famous (Lawrence of Arabia and Gertrude Bell); others infamous (Harry St. John Philby, father of Kim); some forgotten (Sir Mark Sykes, Israel's godfather, and A. T. Wilson, the territorial creator of Iraq); some controversial (the CIA's Miles Copeland and the Pentagon's Paul Wolfowitz). All helped enthrone rulers in a region whose very name is an Anglo-American invention. As a bonus, we meet the British Empire's power couple, Lord and Lady Lugard (Flora Shaw): she named Nigeria, he ruled it; she used the power of the Times of London to attempt a regime change in the gold-rich Transvaal. The narrative is character-driven, and the aim is to restore to life the colorful figures who for good or ill gave us the Middle East in which Americans are enmeshed today.
 

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Crítica de los usuarios  - busterrll - LibraryThing

fascinating reading A history of the the wheelings and dealing done in the Middle East. Well researched and written. Favorite quote "Never had so few lost so much so stupidly and so fast." Second favorite quote paraphrased "They are only a minority, who cares" Leer comentario completo

KINGMAKERS: The Invention of the Modern Middle East

Crítica de los usuarios  - Kirkus

Succinct overview of 12 people who have exerted significant influence on the fortunes of the Middle East since England invaded Egypt in 1882.World Policy Journal editor emeritus Meyer and former CBS ... Leer comentario completo

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Shareen Blair Brysac, formerly a prize-winning documentary producer at CBS News, is the author of Resisting Hitler and co-author of Tournament of Shadows and Kingmakers with Karl E. Meyer. The couple lives in New York and Weston, Connecticut.

Karl E. Meyer has written extensively on foreign affairs as a staff member of the New York Times and the Washington Post.

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