December 21, 2007

Book Review - Power, Faith, and Fantasy

Power, Faith, and Fantasy: America and the Middle East 1776 to the Present
Michael B. Oren
DS 63.2 .U5 O54 2007

Michael Oren argues that the United States has been intertwined with the Middle East since its beginning. Using primary sources, Oren traces the influences that the Middle East has had on the United States, its policies, and its peoples, and that American has had on the Middle East. This book considers political channels, economic interactions, artistic influences, and even the transfer of ideas between the regions. Importantly, he examines how each country and culture has been portrayed by the other over time. This interesting history may shed some light on the perceptions of the Middle East in modern America and in the views held of the United States by Middle Eastern countries and peoples.